We have personnel news to report from the Bradenton Marauders (High A; Florida State League) and the Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A; Sally League).
In Bradenton, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Marauders have announced promotions and new hires for the 2018 season. The changes include the introduction of Matt Neverett as the new play-by-play broadcaster for the Marauders in 2018. Nate March, who has served as the voice of the Marauders for the last six seasons, has been promoted to Manager, Communications and In-Game Entertainment.
March, the 2017 Florida State League Broadcaster of the Year, will take on expanded oversite of the LECOM Park video board staff and integration of the video board into all facets of the game day experience. He will continue to serve as the primary point of contact for media inquiries and public relations initiatives relating to the Bradenton Marauders, historic LECOM Park, and Pirate City.
“Nate has played a critical role in the growth and development of our brand in Bradenton over the last six years, which makes him the perfect person to facilitate our expanded visual entertainment efforts,” Pirates Director of Sales and Marauders General Manager Rachelle Madrigal said.
Neverett will be on the call for all 140 Marauders games in 2018. In addition to the live audio broadcast available through www.BradentonMarauders.com and TuneIn Radio, the Marauders will once again be video streaming all home games through MiLB.TV. His father, Tim Neverett, was a broadcaster for the Pirates for seven seasons and is currently preparing for his third season as a radio broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox.
Matt Neverett spent the 2017 season with the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League) assisting with the team’s broadcasting and media relations. He worked under two-time Southern League Broadcaster of the Year Curt Bloom. Neverett, a 2017 graduate of Appalachian State, has spent the off-season broadcasting college athletics in New England.
“We are excited to continue to offer our fans multiple avenues to follow the team through live audio and video broadcasts,” Madrigal said. “Matt is a talented broadcaster who will carry on our tradition of providing one of the best on-air products in the Florida State League.”
Bradenton native Ray Morris has been promoted to Manager, Florida Operations. Morris has been with the organization since 2013, most recently as Coordinator, Florida Operations. Morris oversees the day-to-day operations of the Pirate City Training Facility. His role includes managing the logistics of Pirates operations, use of the facility by outside groups, and coordination of contracted vendors at the complex.
Spencer Fogel has been hired as Coordinator, Florida Operations. Fogel was an operations assistant for the Pirates in Bradenton in 2017. He will take on an expanded role assisting Morris in the operations of Pirate City.
The Shorebirds, meanwhile, have brought in four new staff members to their front office in preparation for the 2018 season.
John Reilly enters his first season with the Shorebirds as a Ticket Sales Account Executive. John will sell and manage season ticket memberships, group outings, and assist the ticket department in all facets. Prior to joining the Shorebirds, John worked as an Inside Sales Representative and Ticket Operations Coordinator for the Binghamton Devils, an AHL hockey team affiliated with the New Jersey Devils. John also served as an Athletic Department intern for Binghamton University and as an Operations and Marketing intern with DICK’S Sporting Goods. He graduated from King’s College in Wilkes Barre, PA in 2016 while also studying abroad at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. In his spare time, John enjoys hunting, fishing, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees.
Will Schaap joins the Shorebirds in a full time role in 2018 as the Director of Stadium Operations. In 2017, Schaap worked with the Shorebirds as the Assistant Director of Stadium Operations/Groundskeeping. Will began his career in baseball with the Columbia Fireflies (Low A; Sally League) as the Facilities/Stadium Operations intern during their inaugural season in 2016. Schaap graduated from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. In his spare time, Will likes to travel to Major League Baseball stadiums. His goal is to visit every stadium in Major League Baseball.
Sarah Logue has worked for Ovations Food Services (dba Spectra Foodservices & Hospitality) since 2013. Sarah has been in the Food Service field for over 17 years; working for different aspects of the food service industry from fast food, full service, purchasing and receiving, concessions and catering. She graduated from Johnson and Wales in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management with a concentration in Food and Beverage and an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.
Ms. Logue’s background includes being Operations Manager at Harbor Park in Norfolk, General Manager of Food Service at VCU Siegel Center. At VCU, she covered diverse catering and concessions events such as men’s basketball games, weddings, and the Governor’s Inaugural Ball. She recently came to us from the Greensboro Coliseum Complex where she served as Assistant General Manager. In this capacity she covered Concessions and Catering for the 8 venue Complex. This facility hosts over 1,000 events each year including: athletic events, cultural arts, concerts, theater, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, conventions, convocations, trade and consumer shows.
Jessica Briggs joins the Shorebirds as a Grondskeeping and Operations Assistant. Jessica comes to the Eastern Shore after working as Facility Assistant with the Salem Red Sox (High A; Carolina League) in 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Sports Facility & Event Management from SUNY Cortland in 2017. Jessica is a big fan of the Syracuse Orange and the Dallas Cowboys. In her free time, Jessica enjoys road trips and hanging out with friends. She can’t wait to go to Ocean City this summer when she’s not at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Jessica is a native of Fulton, NY.
“We are thrilled to welcome John, Sarah, and Jessica to the Shorebirds team, as well as bring back Will. These individuals bring an abundance of knowledge from their previous experiences and we are happy to welcome them aboard to represent the Delmarva Shorebirds”, said Chris Bitters, General Manager.