Coaches

Head Coach
Anthony Bush
Phone Number: (218) 393-7297 Email: rails.baseball@gmail.com

Associate Head Coach
Jake Lewis
Phone Number: (218) 391-9774 Email: sweetlew12@gmail.com

Assistant Coach
Joe Gingerelli
Phone Number: (612) 385-1733 Email: j_gingerelli@yahoo.com

Assistant Coach
Jesse Meehl
Phone Number: (651) 983-7471 Email: meehl009@d.umn.edu

Assistant Coach
Nathan Bush
Phone Number: (218) 591-6559 Email: nathanbush32@gmail.com

JV Coach
Noah Hobbs
Phone Number: (218) 251-4627 Email: hobbsforduluth@gmail.com

Anthony Bush, Head Coach
                  
o   B.S., University of Wisconsin-Superior
                  o   A.A., Bemidji State University

The 2022 season marks Anthony Bush's 19th year with the Proctor coaching staff and fourth as head coach.

During his head coaching tenure, the Rails reached the Section 7AA semifinals in 2021 and have had four All-Conference, three All-Section, one Duluth News Tribune All-Area, and seven Academic All-State honorees. The Rails earned the team Academic All-State Silver Award in 2021 and the Academic All-State Bronze Award in 2019. Additionally, three players have continued their baseball careers at the collegiate level and three at the adult amateur level.

The 2021 Rails set a team season record for defensive assists (219) and tied the team record for total defensive chances (788). Bush holds an overall record of 23-20 (8-10 in 2019, 0-0 in 2020, and 15-10 in 2021). He became the program's 12th head coach when he succeeded Kyle Wojtysiak following the 2018 season.

Among his duties as an assistant coach, he served as the pitching coach from 2004-18, third-base (offense) coach from 2006-09, and hitting coach in 2008. In 2004, his first season, under Coach Tim Rohweder, Proctor posted its first winning record since 1987 and first playoffs win since 1995. In 2007, the Rails reached the Section 7AA Playoffs semifinals for the first time since 1986. Under Coach Wojtysiak, Proctor ended a 36-year drought by reaching the state tournament in 2011, won the State Third-Place Championship in a return trip in 2012, and made its third state appearance of the decade in 2016. Three Proctor pitchers have been named the Duluth News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year during Bush's coaching tenure: Jake Lewis and Ben Nelson in 2012, and John Aase in 2016.

Bush has been the head pitching instructor for the U.S. Baseball Academy youth camp at Proctor since 2005, and the camp's site director since 2013. He served as Proctor's VFW baseball coach from 2005-08 and again in 2015. He was assistant VFW coach in 2004, and was a fall/winter pitching coach at UW-Superior from 2004-06.

His ongoing adult amateur baseball career began in 1996. He currently serves as the player-manager of the Lake Superior Sea Dogs.

Bush played baseball for Bemidji State and UW-Superior and earned UW-Superior’s Most Inspirational Player Award in 1999. He graduated from Proctor in 1994 and participated in baseball, basketball, and knowledge bowl.

He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, the Proctor Area Historical Society, the St. Louis County Historical Society, and the Douglas County Historical Society. He has written about and given lectures on local baseball history, among other topics, since 2012. He works as a special education paraprofessional at Duluth East High School and he lives in Duluth with his family.

·         Jake Lewis, Associate Head Coach
                  
o   B.S., University of Wisconsin-Superior

Coach Lewis began coaching at Proctor High School in 2017. He was the head junior varsity coach for two years before being named Varsity Associate Head Coach. He has coached Proctor youth baseball since 2014 and has been Proctor's American Legion Head Coach since 2017, the year he guided the Legion team to a second-place finish at the state tournament.

He played baseball for UW-Superior and earned all-conference honorable mention and the team’s pitcher of the year award in 2016. He has also played amateur baseball for the Lake Superior Sea Dogs since 2011.

He graduated from Proctor in 2012 and participated in baseball, football, and hockey. He was named All-State and earned co-Duluth News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year honors with teammate Ben Nelson in his senior year. He is Proctor’s all-time winningest pitcher and recorded a 25-3 win-loss record in his prep pitching career. He was elected to the Proctor Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. He is an educator for Duluth Edison Schools and lives in Duluth.

·         Joe Gingerelli, Assistant Coach
                  
o   A.A., Hibbing Community College

Coach Gingerelli began coaching at Proctor in 2018. He specializes in mental approach, hitting, base running, infield play, and catching.

He served as vice-president for the Superior Youth Organization (Superior’s youth baseball governing body) and coached the Douglas County War Eagles traveling baseball youth team. He coached the Duluth 709 12AA youth team in 2019. He has been an instructor at the U.S. Baseball Academy in Proctor since 2015.

Gingerelli graduated from Duluth's Denfeld High School in 1996, where he was all-conference in baseball. He continued his playing career for Hibbing Community College and was twice named all-conference. He led the conference in batting, hits, RBI, on-base pct., and home runs in 1998. His active amateur career, which began in 1994, includes stints with the Duluth Xpress, Bayside Vipers, Montgomery Mallards, Savage Mustangs, Twin Ports North Stars, Duluth-Superior Dukes, and Lake Superior Sea Dogs. He led the Dukes to a league championship as player/manager in 2015.

He works as a service and install technician for LVC Companies, doing fire protection and systems integration. He lives in Duluth and has two children, Giuliana and Dominic.

·         Jesse Meehl, Assistant Coach
       o   B.S., University of Minnesota Duluth
       o   A.A.S., Brown College

Coaching at Proctor since 2016, “Coach J” works primarily with outfielders, in-game strategy, advanced sabermetrics, and player development. He previously coached in the high school and VFW programs at Duluth East High School, where he led the VFW team to two section championship game appearances and mentored many players on their way to collegiate baseball careers. He worked as a video production supervisor in the Northwoods League for six seasons, directing the Duluth Huskies video webcasts and providing video footage to MLB scouts. While with the NWL, he garnered baseball knowledge from MLB stars such as Harmon Killebrew, Curtis Granderson, Chris Sale, and Ben Zobrist.

He currently serves as Chief Creative Officer for Daventry Studios, an innovative, multi-branch media company that specializes in book publishing, screenwriting, graphic design, creative consulting, event promotion, and video production.

·         Noah Hobbs, JV Coach

o   M.A., Hamline University

o   B.A., University of Minnesota Duluth

Noah Hobbs began coaching at Proctor in 2020. He was a three-year baseball letter winner at the Division 5A level. He graduated high school in 2007 and came up to Duluth to play baseball for the Bulldogs. However, on the way to helping Mankato Legion Post 11's first-ever state appearance, he tore up his shoulder and didn't play baseball again until after surgery. He started playing amateur baseball in 2009 for the Waconia Lakers, who advanced to the regional tournament. He played for the Kato Cubs the following two years and then also played for the Proctor Padres off and on since 2012. He has more than 20 years of baseball playing experience and many of those years at a high level of competition.

Hobbs works at One Roof Community Housing as the Lending Director and serves on the Board of Directors for CHUM, PAVSA, and the Lake Superior Zoological Society, and as a Duluth Public Arts Commissioner. He also served on the Duluth City Council and as Duluth City Council President. He lives in West Duluth with his wife, Tricia, and their dog, Ramsey.