We have personnel news to report from the Lowell Spinners (Short Season A; NY-Penn League) and the Charleston RiverDogs (Low A; Sally League).
In Lowell, Brian Radle has been named the Spinners assistant general manager.
Radle, a Harrisburg, PA native, most recently spent four years with the Wilmington Blue Rocks as the Director of Advertising Sales. During his time in Wilmington, Radle was responsible for the business development side of the team, with a particular focus on corporate partnerships. He was also involved in a wide variety of responsibilities including marketing and promotions, finance management, ticket sales, database growth, digital marketing, ticket and analytics.
“We are very pleased to welcome Brian Radle to our front office team,” said Spinners’ owner Dave Heller. “Brian is a rising star in baseball; he brings us a wide range of knowledge and diverse experiences and makes us better in many ways. He is a true talent, and we are counting on him to help lead the Spinners to new heights and re-introduce fans throughout the Merrimack Valley to the Spinners.”
“Every encounter that I have had with Lowell Spinners leading up to this point has been fantastic.” said Radle. “I have quickly fallen in love with the proud tradition here as well as the area and fan base. I’m truly excited to be a part of the new chapters we will be ‘Spinning’ here in Lowell, and becoming part of the Merrimack Valley community.”
Prior to his time in Wilmington, Radle spent seven years in the Atlantic League. He is a graduate of LaSalle University and currently resides in North Chelmsford with his wife Jeanine and their two sons Kellan and Cam.
In Charleston, the RiverDogs have named Zana Bowens the new director of community relations.The Fresno State University alum will take over for Haley Kirchner, who previously held the position and transitions to her new role as Special Events Manager.
Bowens continues her career with the RiverDogs after previously serving as the community relations intern during 2016 season.
“Zana was a standout as an intern for us this past season and because of her experience in this role, we are confident that she will transition seamlessly into the full-time position,” said Echols.
As the club’s new community relations director, Bowens will coordinate the RiverDogs’ community branding and extensive outreach programs which includes promoting healthy living through youth sports – especially youth baseball – as well literacy, among others. The ball club’s volunteer projects along with planning appearances for Charlie T. RiverDog, the club’s loveable mascot, will continue to be a focus.
Bowens previously spent time as a marketing intern at her alma mater, assisting in the coordination of special events for Bulldogs athletics events. Joining the likes of outfielder Aaron Judge, Bowens becomes the latest Fresno State standout athlete to join the RiverDogs after a successful four-year career with the volleyball team, including two as the team’s co-captain. The outside hitter finished in the top-10 in the Mountain West Conference in kills (193) and points (216) across 65 sets during her senior season. Bowens was a three-time Academic All-Mountain West selection during her Fresno State career.
Kirchner has been with the RiverDogs since spending time as an intern in the spring of 2013, having previously served as a special events and promotions assistant. She was the club’s Community Relations Director for the 2015-16 seasons.
“Haley has been an integral part of the RiverDogs staff since her first season in 2013 and we are excited to have her back for another year in a position she is quite familiar with as she rejoins our excellent special events team,” said Echols.