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Captains fill out front-office roster

Eight new hires are now populating the front office of the Shreveport-Bossier Captains.

The Shreveport-Bossier Captains (independent; American Association) announced the appointment of eight people to their front office staff for the 2009 season.

Chet Carey, who begins his 15th year in professional baseball, joins Shreveport-Bossier as the Assistant General Manager. Carey spent the last three years as general manager of the Alexandria (La.) Aces, his second stint with that club, having served as general manager during the 2002 season and assistant general manger from 1999-2001. He also served as assistant general manager with the Jackson (Miss.) Senators (2003-’05) and started his professional career with the Quad City (Iowa) River Bandits as director of game day operations. A Geneseo, Ill., native, Carey graduated from Western Illinois University and played as a member of the WIU Leatherneck baseball team.

Bobby Entrekin returns to Fair Grounds Field for his third year, but first as Director of Merchandising. He spent the last two years with the club as Director of Stadium Operations and will oversee that area this year as well. A graduate of the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpires, Entrekin previously worked as an umpire in the American Association, Central League and Texas League.

Jon Marshall joins the club as the Director of Ticket Operations. He is making the transition from the field to the front office after spending the past five years playing professional baseball for teams such as the Fort Worth (Texas) Cats, Surprise (Ariz.) Fighting Falcons, River City (Mo.) Rascals, Orange County (Calif.) Flyers, and enjoyed a season overseas with the Bonn Capitals of Germany. A graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, Marshall played baseball for the Gents and also at Texas Christian University.

Robert Gusick enters his third year in professional baseball, and his first with the Captains, as Director of Group Sales and Director of Food & Beverage. Robert was with the San Angelo (Texas) Colts from 2007-2008, rising from intern to Assistant General Manager. Originally from Atlanta, Robert earned his Master’s degree in Sport Studies with a concentration in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee. Robert received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University in South Carolina.

Josh Hirsch joins the Captains as Director of Broadcasting and Media relations, his second season in professional baseball. Hirsch spent last season as Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations with the San Angelo (Texas) Colts. A Long Island, New York native, Hirsch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also called baseball, football and basketball.

Carrie Brasfield begins her twelfth year of professional baseball, her first with Shreveport-Bossier, as Business Manager. She will be responsible for all day-to-day business operations of the Captains. A former resident of Alexandria, La., she attended Jefferson Davis College in Biloxi, Miss., and previously worked for the Alexandria Aces and Jackson Senators.

Pat Holmes returns for his second season as head groundskeeper at Fair Grounds Field. In the off-season, he serves as pitching coach for the Centenary College baseball program. Prior to coming to Shreveport, he spent three years as an assistant coach at South Dakota State University. A native of Baytown, Texas, Holmes played college baseball at University of Kansas and was also a member of the 1996 Jr. Pan American Gold Medalist team.

Desiree Mitchell joined the Captains staff as the community relations intern. She is a native of Oakland and moved to the Shreveport area in 1994. Mitchell graduated from Benton High School in 2000 and is attending Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications-Public Relations.

“I’m very pleased with our front office staff we have in place,” said Craig Brasfield, the Captains’ Vice President & General Manager. “We have over thirty years of combined experience and have already hit the ground running with our marketing plan after our press conference last week to introduce our new name and logo.”