We have personnel news to report from the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) and the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs (summer collegiate; Expedition League).
The Rafters have announced the addition of Hannah Jurgens to the 2018 front office staff as the Accounts & Corporate Service Manager.
Jurgens enters her first season with the Rafters as the Accounts & Corporate Service Manager. She started her baseball career as an intern for the Rafters during the 2018 season. Jurgens works with corporate sponsors to execute sponsorships, as well as Rafters 9 Game Pack holders and groups. She will also oversee the promotional team to continue adding a unique ballpark experience.
Jurgens is a graduate of Fort Hays State University where she played soccer and worked closely with the school’s athletic department. She received two bachelor’s degrees, one in Marketing and another in Health and Human Performance, with a concentration in Sports Management, graduating in the spring of 2018. The native of Lincoln, Nebraska enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Nebraska Cornhuskers.
“This past summer was an experience of a lifetime with all of the Cranberry Crazies,” Jurgens said. “I’m excited to be a part of this organization and look forward to what lies ahead.”
The Sabre Dogs have added Jose Sajour to the front office as the new Corporate Sales Manager.
Sajour, a native of the Dominican Republic, served as an intern for the Sabre Dogs’ 2018 inaugural season. With his education, skill set and enthusiasm about the success of the team, Sajour proved himself as an asset to the success of the organization and the Sabre Dogs are excited to have him on full time.
“We are very excited to welcome Jose back to Minot full time,” Darrell Handelsman, General Manager, said. “His passion and excitement for the Sabre Dogs is undeniable. He was a big part of our success in our first season and I know he’ll play an even bigger role moving forward.”
Sajour holds two master’s degrees. His first is in Sports Management from Columbia University and the other is in Global Sports Law from the University ISDE from Madrid.
Sajour also has an extensive sports business background as he worked with the Puerto Rico’s Soccer Federation assisting with the operations and the governing body. He has also worked with the Tampa Bay Rays Dominican Republic Academy where he helped the facilities director with all academy protocols including but not limited to getting visas for players, security and installations maintenance, and supported the track man and video department operations. In addition to that experience, he created one of the amateur American football teams in the Dominican Republic, the Central Crows, who are two-time Dominican Bowl finalists in the Dominican Football League.
“Baseball is a universal language,” Sajour says. “The people of Minot and I are fluent. We understand each other and that’s why I am excited to be here, to help create what Minot truly deserves. The perfect language.”