Ken Lehner has departed the High Point Rockers (independent; Atlantic League), resigning from his post as team president.
A sports-industry veteran who had most recently served as president of the Rockland Boulders (independent; Can-Am League), Lehner was appointed to the position in High Point in early 2018. He helped oversee the launch of the Rockers, who began play in the Atlantic League this season, along with the completion of BB&T Point–the team’s new downtown ballpark that opened this spring.
With the Rockers’ inaugural season down to its final weeks, Lehner is departing the organization. News of his resignation was confirmed by High Point Baseball, Inc. chairman Coy Willard, who indicated that the move was not entirely unexpected. More from High Point Enterprise:
Lehner left for personal reasons, namely to spend more time with his family in Florida, Williard said, adding that the departure wasn’t completely unexpected.
“He has been weighing it,” Williard said. “When he came here, we talked about two years, and it’s dang near two years and everything is going smoothly. He got us through the building of the stadium, which was the hard part.”
Lehner could not be reached for comment.
His departure came about three weeks before the end of the regular season for the Rockers, who are in their inaugural season in High Point, competing in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Rockers assistant general manager Christian Heimall will take over Lehner’s responsibilities for the rest of the 2019 campaign, with High Point Baseball, Inc. set to seek a permanent replacement through a national search once the season concludes.