We have a new General Manager for the Brevard County Manatees (High A; Florida State League), where Chad Lovitt replaces Kyle Smith, who is transitioning to leading the Thunder Bay Border Cats (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) ownership in 2016 and beyond.
Lovitt has been a full-time member of the organization since January 2012, previously holding the position of Assistant General Manager.
“I am excited to accept the General Manager’s role with the Brevard County Manatees.” Lovitt said. “Since I arrived with the Manatees I have seen the hard work that Kyle has put in as General Manager. I look forward to building on his success.”
Smith is stepping down after eight years in the position.
“I will be forever thankful to the Manatees ownership and fans for their support over the last eight seasons.” Smith said. “I could not have asked to be surrounded by better people than I have had at Space Coast Stadium.
“Even though I was born and raised in Minnesota, Brevard County is home to the Smith Family.”
Smith will remain in Brevard County and will assist the club in its transition.
“While we were sad to see Kyle Smith depart for a great opportunity, we are delighted to have current Assistant GM Chad Lovitt assume the role of Manatees General Manager.” Manatees President Charlie Baumann said, “Chad has been with the organization for several years and is ready to assume the lead role and the responsibilities that go with it.”
“Chad is a rising star in sports executive circles and will lead the Sea Cows into a very successful 2016.” Smith said, “I’m incredibly proud to have had him as my Assistant GM and couldn’t be happier for him.”
Lovitt has worked his way up through the Manatees front office, this being his second promotion with the team in four years. Originally a Box Office Assistant in 2011, Lovitt returned to the Manatees as a full-time member of the staff and Director of Ticket Sales in January 2012. After the season in October of that year, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager. In addition to his time with Brevard County, Lovitt also spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009 and with the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2011.
A native of Homestead, Florida, Lovitt holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport Management from Florida State University.
“Our fans deserve first class promotions and affordable family fun and that is what we will provide. Fans can expect a few new promotions this upcoming season. April 8 cannot get here soon enough so we can get started.”
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