October 16, 2012, Klamath Falls, OR – Veteran minor league baseball executive Grant Wilson has been named the new General Manager of the Klamath Falls Gems of the West Coast League.
Team owner Jerry Walker made the announcement Monday. “Grant has been around baseball his entire life,” said Walker. “He is passionate about the game, and his experience, especially in the West Coast League, puts us in a great position as a franchise to hit the ground running. He is a fabulous addition to our team.”
Wilson spent the last three seasons as General Manager of the West Coast League’s Cowlitz Black Bears, where he built the organization and brand from the ground up. Prior to joining the Black Bears, he worked for Jerry Walker as a Senior Account Executive for the Salem Keizer Volcanoes, Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
Wilson’s baseball experience also includes serving as the assistant General Manager of the Long Beach Armada and Mesa Miners of the Golden League. He began his front office career with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League, where he handled corporate sponsorship sales, group ticket sales and was the hitting coach for the team.
The 33-year-old was an Arizona All-State High School player, and played collegiate baseball at powerhouse Cal-State Fullerton. Wilson played summer collegiate wood-bat baseball in the Alaska League. After his playing career was cut short by a back injury, he moved into baseball management.
“I’m excited to make Klamath Falls my home, and I’m dedicated to continuing the Gems brand of affordable family entertainment and as a major piece of the summer social landscape in Klamath Falls,” said Wilson. “This is a great baseball town, and Kiger Stadium will continue to be the place to be. The Stadium has a wonderful atmosphere, and we’re going to provide FUN and exciting entertainment for our fans. We urge everyone to get their tickets early,” added Wilson.
The WCL club will play 30 home games throughout the summer, starting next June. Wilson said the Gems are currently interviewing head coaches and will have an announcement within the next few weeks.The Klamath Falls Gems are members of the West Coast League, the Diamond Standard among summer college baseball. The eleven-team, professional style wood-bat league features pro prospects from major conferences across the country.
More than 120 WCL alums played affiliated professional baseball last season, and 15 ex-WCL stars have played in the Major Leagues. For more information on the league, visit www.westcoastleague.com.