The Kannapolis Initmidators (Low A; Sally League) have made a significant personnel hire, naming Matt Millward as their new general manager. His hiring was announced by Temerity Baseball, the team’s new owners,
Millward, 31, brings more than a decade of experience with two of the most successful franchises in Minor League Baseball to his new post in Kannapolis. A graduate of Penn State University, the Bethlehem, Penn., native finished his degree in business management while working in ticket sales for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Class AAA; International League). During that period the IronPigs opened a new ballpark.
Millward moved to the Carolinas in 2010 for an opportunity with the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League). When Millward joined the Knights, the team still called Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C., home. He played a role in strategic planning for their move to BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte in 2014 and ultimately rose through the ranks to become the club’s Vice President of Ticket Sales and Operations. His efforts contributed to the Knights’ status as the MiLB leader in attendance four of the last five seasons.
“After a nationwide search, we found the ideal professional to help lead our team into a new era of Kannapolis baseball,” said Temerity Baseball President & CEO Andy Sandler. “Matt’s energy and passion for a first-class fan experience will propel the team to new heights,”
Millward will be charged with guiding the team’s operation on a day-to-day basis in 2019 and making the transition into the new downtown Kannapolis Sports and Entertainment Venue that is set to open in 2020.
“Through a combination of imagination, innovation, and superior customer service, I look forward to embracing the Kannapolis community and transforming the team into a model franchise within the landscape of Minor League Baseball” said Millward.
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