We have personnel news to report from a pair of High-A Carolina League teams, including the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the Winston-Salem Dash.
In Myrtle Beach, the Pelicans have announced promotions for Kristin Call and Ryan Cannella. Call assumes the role of Associate General Manager, while Cannella moves into the role of Assistant General Manager of Sales.
“I am excited to announce the promotions of Kristin and Ryan to senior leadership positions within the Pelicans front office,” said Pelicans General Manager Ryan Moore. “These promotions were not based solely on their work at the ballpark but, just as importantly, their commitment to the entire Grand Strand community. It’s been extremely impressive to watch their growth both professionally and within the community during their time with the Pelicans. With our leadership team fully in place, the 2020 season is going to be a fun one for Pelicans fans!”
Call, who is entering her 15th season in MiLB, has been a leader within the Pelicans organization for the last six seasons. With a reorganized executive structure prior to the 2019 season, Call embraced her then new role in an ever increasing leadership position. She provided essential support to allow for a successful transition that saw the team reach heights never attained before.
In addition to her involvement with all aspects of running an organization, Callʹs core responsibilities fall under the marketing and promotions departments. Under Call’s management, the Pelicans saw a 403% Return on Ad Spend in digital marketing. She also leads by example in community giveback and serves the Grand Strand Community through a variety of organizations. She has also been recognized within the industry as the Female Executive of the Year for the Carolina League in 2019 and 2015, and also in 2012 when working in the South Atlantic League.
Cannella joined the Pelicans as an Account Executive in 2015 before being promoted to Director of Sales in 2018. Under his leadership the sales staff recorded franchise highs for sponsorship sales, suite ticket sales, and catered group sales, as well as the second best year in group ticket sales. The club also recorded a top three finish in season memberships and mini plans.
Prior to his arrival in Myrtle Beach he spent time with both the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Goodyear Ballpark, Spring Training home of the Reds and the Indians. He is currently a member of the Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary Club, and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand. Cannella is a graduate of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where he earned a Business Degree with an emphasis in Sport Management.
In Winston-Salem, the Dash has added two new members to its front office staff. Conor Clingen will be the Dash’s Broadcast and Media Relations Coordinator for the upcoming year, and Amanda Weaver has been hired as the club’s Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.
An alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, Clingen will serve as the team’s lead broadcaster for the upcoming season. Last season, Clingen was the Dash’s Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant. This past offseason, Clingen broadcast several Western Michigan sports on ESPN+, along with broadcasting Notre Dame men’s ice hockey on NBC Sports.com and women’s basketball on the ACC Network Extra. He also served as the in-house host for Notre Dame football’s National Signing Day, which included a sit-down interview with head coach Brian Kelly.
Weaver joins the Dash after working in Round Rock, Texas, serving as a Chiropractic and Marketing assistant for Impact Family Chiropractic, where she was the head of all community marketing programs and activities. A graduate of Texas State University, Weaver also held marketing/social media positions in Texas for ESO Solutions and PACE Advising Center. She also worked with the Round Rock Express (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) in 2016.
Along with these two hires, the Dash have announced that Taylor Hodges will now serve as a Business Development Representative after joining the team as a Ticket Sales and Services Representative.