The Duluth Huskies announced head coach Tyger Pederson has accepted a position with the Palm Beach Cardinals to be their new hitting coach.
“I’m definitely excited for this new opportunity.” Pederson said. “I loved my time in Duluth, everybody was ‘Minnesota Nice’ to me and my staff. The community was welcoming and the host families were great.”
Under Pederson, the Huskies were 47-25 last season, a 15-win improvement from 2017.
The regular-season success continued into the postseason where the Huskies defeated the Bismarck Larks and Willmar Stingers for a berth in the Northwoods League World Series.
The luck ran out on the Huskies as they lost to the best-of-three series to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 2-1.
Pederson also thanked his players for working hard every day and adopting the aggressive style that brought so much success.
“My summer in Duluth was one of the best summers of my life,” Pederson said. “It was my pleasure to deliver the brand of baseball they deserve.”
Marcus Pointer has been appointed the new head coach of the Huskies, while retaining pitching coach duties.
“Obviously, I’m excited for the opportunity Greg Culver (Huskies GM) and ownership has given me”, Pointer said. “This will be my first head coaching job, but I’m familiar with the staff and I fully intend to bring the same kind of winning culture that Tyger established.”
Despite Pederson’s departure, Stu Pederson, Tyger’s father, will remain as the team’s new hitting coach.
“I’ve coached with Stu before,” Pointer said. “He was the hitting coach of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the Alaskan League while I was the pitching coach. He’s a professional coach that takes great pride in forming players' swings.”
Duluth Huskies owner Michael Rosenzweig has mixed emotions with the announcement.
“While we're sad to have lost Tyger after one wildly successful season, it gives us great pride to know that he has advanced to the next stage in his career, something we all knew would happen,” Rosenzweig said. “As for 2019, Marcus and Stu will put on the field another great, competitive team of players.”
The Huskies’ season opens May 28 at Thunder Bay and open home Sunday, June 2 against the Eau Claire Express.