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Ruby permanent SWB GM; Olerud joins as COO

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRidersPersonnel news from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League): Jeremy Ruby transitions from interim to outright general manager, while MiLB veteran Josh Olerud joins the team in a newly created chief operating officer position.

Ruby, a cornerstone of the franchise who rose from intern in 1998 to become the fourth general manager in franchise history in 2005, had served as interim GM since late January. A local product, the 1994 graduate of Valley View High School was drafted by the then-California Angels in 1994 and later graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1998. He is the great-grandson of longtime Major League umpire Joseph Paparella and the son of former Red Barons pitching coach Gary Ruby.

“I’m grateful and honored to have the general manager title and I look forward to taking our club to new heights with Josh and the rest of our outstanding front office team,” said Ruby. “Opening day can’t get here quickly enough.”

Olerud joins the RailRiders after five years of service with the Potomac Nationals (High A; Carolina League) as the club’s executive vice president and general manager. Winner of the 2013 Calvin Falwell Executive of the Year Award in the Carolina League, he helped the Nationals break their franchise attendance record that season by drawing 236,772 fans with creative marketing and a fully loaded promotional schedule. Olerud was also honored with the Minor League Executive of the Year Award by the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago for his work in 2012. The Bloomington, Minn. native is a Minnesota State University, Mankato alumnus. His new position with SWB focuses on all revenue creation for the club including ticketing, sponsorship and special events.

“To say I am excited to be a part of the RailRiders would be an understatement,” said Olerud. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with Jeremy and his exceptionally talented staff in the support of ownership’s vision to make PNC Field the premier entertainment venue and community leader.”

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