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Mallards sweep Northwoods League end-of-year honors

Madison MallardsThe Madison Mallards swept the year-end honors in the summer-collegiate Northwoods League, with the front office named Organization of the Year and Conor Caloia named Executive of the Year.

It was a good year for the Mallards (we noted the accomplishments of both the team and Caloia in our year-end awards), so it’s no surprise the Northwoods League recognized the team as well. After a renovation of Warner Park, the team set records for attendance and per-game average. (You can read more about the Warner Park renovation here.)

“This year presented a dynamic opportunity for our staff to change the way our fans interact with the Mallards for years to come,” said Mallards’ President Vern Stenman. “The stadium renovation, and unveiling a new logo, coupled with our staffs tireless effort resulted in a truly memorable year. This award puts into clear focus how great our fans are and how lucky we are to call Madison home. Our fans inspire us to constantly improve and I think that creates an environment for Conor and his staff to be the most innovative and hard working staff in all of baseball.”

Caloia is completing his second year as the general manager of the Mallards. He started his career with the Mallards organization as an intern in 2003, eventually becoming the assistant general manager before leaving the franchise in 2006. After a stint with the Wilmington Sharks (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League), Caloia returned to Madison at the beginning of 2010 as the GM of the Mallards.

“It is an honor to win this award after another great year for the Northwoods League,” Caloia said. “I want to thank (Mallards owner) Steve Schmitt and Vern Stenman for the opportunity. This is truly a team award and I am lucky to work with a great crew, both full-time and seasonal. I am looking forward to an even better 2012.”

These annual awards are determined by a vote by the member franchises of the Northwoods League.


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