The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have announced pitching coach Michael Schlact (pictured) has been named interim field manager for the remainder of the 2017 season. He replaces Doug Simunic, who has been relieved of his duties.
Schlact is in his third year with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Prior to his coaching career, Schlact pitched professionally for 10 seasons. He was selected in the third round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers out of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga. Schlact was a member of the Rangers’ organization for seven seasons, reaching as high as the Class AA level with the Frisco (Tex.) RoughRiders. Schlact pitched in the independent ranks for parts of three seasons, spending 2011 and 2012 with the Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and made two appearances with the Amarillo Sox in the American Association in 2014.
Simunic was in his 22nd season with the RedHawks and was the only manager in club history. Simunic posted a 1202-839 record in his time with the RedHawks and won league championships in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010. He was also named Manager of the Year six times (1996, 1998 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008).