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Personnel news in Erie, Fayetteville

Erie SeaWolves logoWe have personnel news today from the Erie SeaWolves (Class AA; Eastern League) and the Fayetteville SwampDogs (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League).

In Erie, Tom Fuhrman joins the SeaWolves as Account Executive.

Fuhrman joins the SeaWolves after spending the last 15 years in the non-profit sector. He founded the Lake Erie Region Conservancy (LERC) in 2001 and served as President and Executive Director beginning in 2003. Over that time, LERC, along with other agencies and organizations, were able to protect nearly 1,600 acres of open space in Erie County and raised over $16 million in the process. Fuhrman oversaw the successful acquisition of 640 acres of undeveloped lakefront property which has become Erie Bluffs State Park. He was honored as the 2004 Environmentalist of the Year by the Presque Isle Audubon Society.

Fuhrman, an Erie native, graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School in 1967 and from Gannon University in 1974. In addition to his experience with the Lake Erie Region Conservancy, his professional background includes managing concessions at the San Diego Sports Arena and serving as the Mayor of Lake City, Pennsylvania.

“Tom Fuhrman has deep community roots and a wealth of professional experiences. We are delighted to welcome him to the team,” SeaWolves President Greg Coleman said.


In Fayetteville, Tim Slack is the new SwampDogs assistant general manager and play-by-play broadcaster.

A graduate of Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., Slack spent three years re-establishing the school’s radio station while attending, before becoming the full-time broadcaster for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League at the age of 21, his senior year of college.

Slack brings five years of broadcasting professional baseball to “The Swamp,” having most recently broadcasted for the Modesto Nuts (High A; California League).

“Tim’s experience and enthusiasm will be and incredible addition,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “He fits perfectly into our family atmosphere and we expect great things from him in the broadcast booth and in the community. As we celebrate our 16th season, we look forward to Tim being an integral part of welcoming more fans than ever before!”

Prior to Modesto, Tim was the Sports Director for KIUL in Garden City, Kan. and its sister station KYUL in Scott City, Kan. where he broadcasted over 200 sporting events including high school and junior college football, basketball, and baseball. He also hosted a community-based sports talk show “You Don’t Know Slack” with guests ranging from local athletes to Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore.

In addition to play-by-play broadcasts, Slack’s duties will include corporate partnerships, new media, and he will be the team’s primary media liaison.

“I am very excited to be a part of a first class organization with the SwampDogs,” said Slack. “I am eager to continue the success that has been built and I am looking forward to becoming a part of such a great community in Fayetteville.”

For the past four years, Slack has been teaching high school students in Walnut Creek, CA where he served as the Varsity Baseball Coach the past two years and began a broadcasting and journalism program at the school. The broadcast program includes the broadcast of live sporting events and received National Recognition through the NFHS Network.

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