Joe Ayrault, 49, has led the Mudcats to a 203-212 (.489) record over the last four seasons, and is 500-591 (.458) over nine seasons overall as manager of Milwaukee's Class-A affiliate. He previously managed Milwaukee's Class-A Advanced club, the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League from 2012 through 2016 before transferring with the Brewers to the Mudcats and the Carolina League in 2017.
Ayrault's 203 managerial victories are the most on Carolina's all-time managerial wins list. Ayrault enters the 2021 season tied for the most games managed in team history having managed 415 games in Carolina; tying him with current Cincinnati Reds Manager David Bell who managed the Mudcats from 2009 through 2011.
A product of the famed Sarasota High School baseball program, Ayrault is entering his 12th season as a manager in Milwaukee's farm system and 15th season as a manager in Minor League Baseball. Overall, Ayrault owns a 766-891 (.462) career record as a Minor League manager including his time as a manager in the Cincinnati Reds system. He began his managerial career with the Sarasota Reds in 2007 before joining the Brewers in 2010 as skipper of the Pioneer League's Helena Brewers. In 2010, Ayrault went on to earn Pioneer League Co-Manager of the Year honors while leading Helena to a 41-34 record and the Pioneer League championship in his first season at the helm. A former catcher, Ayrault was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 1990 amateur draft and went on to spend his entire playing career (1990-1997) in the Atlanta organization; reaching the majors with Atlanta in 1996.