After a season in which the Duluth Huskies reached the Northwoods League championship series, first-year manager Tyger Pederson is being brought back for the 2019 season.

The Huskies announced today they have signed Pederson to a contract extension and named him as the club's director of baseball operations.

Owner Michael Rosenzweig said in a statement: "This has been the most exciting year since buying the team in 2011 ... this new brand of baseball is adding a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for all aspects of the team culture and fan interest."

The Huskies were 47-25 in the regular season before going on the road to win a pair of one-game playoff matchups. They lost in three games to Fond du Lac in the best-of-three Summer Collegiate World Series.

They stole 167 bases, breaking the team record of 134 and became the first Northwoods League team to score 500 runs in a season (including playoffs).

General manager Greg Culver said in a statement: "What a magical season ... I asked Tyger for 10-plus wins vs. (2017) and to put together a playoff caliber team. He and his staff went above and beyond our expectations (and) we're excited to see what he does moving forward."