Former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Doug Simunic, the winningest manager in independent baseball history before he was fired in 2017, has landed another job.
Simunic is the new director of player procurement for the Ottawa Champions of the independent Can-Am League, the team announced recently.
He will help Champions manager Sebastien Boucher secure players for the team, which begins play in mid-May. Simunic has already been "instrumental in building the team's roster to this point," according to a team press release.
Ottawa is owned by Miles Wolff, the former commissioner of the American Association of which the RedHawks are a member. Wolff founded the Northern League, F-M's original league, in 1993.
"Simunic was hired for a specific reason — his pedigree in independent baseball," according to the team's web site.
Simunic was the RedHawks' first manager and guided the club for 22 seasons from 1996 until he was dismissed late in the 2017 season. He posted a 1,202-839 record in Fargo-Moorhead, including league championships in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Including his time managing Northern League teams in Rochester, Minn., and Winnipeg before being hired to lead Fargo-Moorhead, he won 1,303 games in the Northern League and American Association. He led Winnipeg to a Northern League championship in 1994.
The Can-Am League is a six-team circuit with teams in Ontario, Quebec, New York and New Jersey.