Loggers hire new manager as team, Brian Lewis mutually part ways

The Loggers and manager Brian Lewis have mutually agreed to part ways, Lewis told News 8 Now Sports Thursday afternoon.

Lewis has spent the last nine summers with the Loggers, the last six as manager. The Loggers went 197-205 during Lewis’s tenure.

To succeed Lewis the Loggers have hired longtime scout Rob Sidwell. Sidwell has served as the Florida Scouting Supervisor for four MLB clubs over a nearly two-decade span. Sidwell has also coached previously at Central Florida, Florida International, Flagler, and the Cape Cod League.

In a text to News 8 Now, Lewis said it just felt like it was time to move on to another opportunity:

“Sometimes even when it’s a place you love and have built lifelong friendships like with the Loggers, it’s best to step aside and let the organization continue to grow…Rob is an outstanding human being, a great baseball man, and someone I consider a friend. He will do amazing things for the Loggers. I will forever be grateful to Chris Goodell, Ben Kapanke, and Dan & Ruth Kapanke for the opportunity to spend the last nine years at the Lumberyard with the tremendous fans of La Crosse.”

Lewis will remain in the area, as his full-time job is head coach of Viterbo baseball.