Matt Erickson will return for a sixth season as manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers this year, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Wednesday.
The Appleton native has been with the team since 2009, serving as Timber Rattlers hitting coach for two years before becoming manager in 2011. During his five seasons at the team’s helm, Erickson has amassed 326 wins — the most in Timber Rattlers history (1995 to present) and 24 shy of the Appleton professional baseball record of 350 held by former Appleton Foxes manager Gordy Lund. The Timber Rattlers have reached the playoffs twice during his tenure, and won the Midwest League championship title in 2012.
As a Florida Marlins farmhand in 1998, Erickson batted .324 with 4 HR, 64 RBI and 17 SB in 124 games with the Kane County Cougars.
A familiar face to longtime Midwest League fans, Gary Lucas returns for his second season as pitching coach for the Timber Rattlers. The former MLB pitcher previously served in that role for three other MWL teams — the Quad City River Bandits (2000-2004), the Beloit Snappers (2005, 2008-2012), and the Cedar Rapids Kernels (2013).
The Timber Rattlers will have a new hitting coach this year. Al LeBoeuf played eight seasons in the minor leagues and has 26 years of experience as a manager or coach, including the past six in the Brewers organization.
Last year’s hitting coach, Chuckie Caufield, remains part of the Timber Rattlers staff as the team’s fourth coach. This will be his third year with the team.