Pierre Expedition League Gets Team Name, Head Coach and GM

The Expedition League’s Pierre franchise, which will start play in May of 2018, has announced the team’s name and unveiled the official logo. The team name is the Pierre Trappers. The name and logo were unveiled Monday afternoon. The team colors are Navy, Vegas Gold and White.

The name “Trappers” was chosen for its uniqueness and the history of trapping and fur trade that helped build the city of Pierre. Joseph LaFramboise established a fur trading post in what is now Pierre in 1817. From then on, fur trade and trapping have been a monumental part of the history of Pierre and its surrounding areas, which gives the name fitting historical context.

The trappers have also named a head coach, Zach Ireland, native of San Marcos, California, will serve as the Head Coach of the Trappers for the inaugural 2018 season. Ireland currently coaches infielders and hitters at California State University San Marcos, a position he has held the past two seasons, and also serves as the Head Coach to Matt Guiliano’s coaching staff. Prior to CSUSM, Ireland was on the University of Sioux Falls (USF) coaching staff for two years, serving as the primary infield coach.

The new General Manager of the Trappers will be Jackson Bruce, a Pierre native, after spending parts of two seasons with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL doing sponsorship sales and game day operations. Bruce is a Northern State University graduate with a degree in Sport Marketing and Administration.