Doug Simunic will be entering his 17th season as the Fargo-Moorhead manager. Simunic has won six championships and posted winning seasons in 18 of his 19 years as a skipper. On June 26 of last season, he become the first independent league manager to reach 1,000 wins.
Simunic was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1975 amateur draft. He played in the minor leagues for almost a decade in the Expos, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners organizations and hit .248 with 61 homers in 715 games. He was also a player/coach for two seasons in the Italian professional league.
The 56-year-old coached in the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations before becoming the manager of the Rochester Aces of the Northern League in 2003. The next season, he joined the league's Winnipeg Goldeyes, managed them for two seasons, and won one league championship. In 1996, he became skipper of the RedHawks, where he has accumulated an 895-561 record.