Dennis Koho, who led the efforts to bring in the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (short season A; Northwest League) while serving as mayor of Keizer, is the new president of the summer-collegiate West Coast League.
He begins his duties on July 1 as the replacement for Ken Wilson. He’s currently on the Keizer City Council and is an attorney in private practice.
“We are thrilled to have Dennis join our league and we look forward to the many contributions he will make in the months and years ahead,” said Eddie Poplawski, member of the West Coast League’s Executive Committee.
Koho is actively involved in several community and civic organizations. He has served as the president of Salem Electric Cooperative and chair of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments and currently holds the title of president of the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network. He is a native of Bend, Oregon where he grew up three blocks from the current home of the Bend Elks.
The West Coast League has been on a growth spurts in recent years, adding teams in Medford and Victoria this season and Yakima next season.
“My first order of business will be to meet each of the owners in person, tour their ballparks, watch their operations in action and listen to their visions for our future,” Koho said. “With all of this information in hand, we will begin evaluating new steps and strategies to further enhance the West Coast League brand. Our goal is to firmly position the WCL as the premier summer collegiate league in North America.”
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