Story by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 2, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – ISN has learned that Holly Jones, General Manager of the Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, will not be returning to the club for the 2014 season.
The move comes as a surprise to many, as Jones, who was recently named the West Coast League Executive of the Year, and who just last week gave a talk to Sports Management students at Camosun College in Victoria, spearheaded what appeared to be the successful return of high level baseball to Victoria, with the HarbourCats making their debut in the West Coast League, a summer collegiate league featuring many top players from U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities.
The HarbourCats were second in the WCL last season in average attendance and first in overall attendance, and set a single game record in attendance for the 2013 All-Star Game and thus on the surface, it would appear that Jone’s departure is not related to any failure at the box office or related team financial issues. To ISN’s knowledge the club faired well in 2013 and is planning a return in 2014 and beyond, given the long-term contract signed with the City last year.
HarbourCats GM Holly Jones, here at her introductory press conference last season, will not return in 2014 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
When reached for comment, HarbourCats owner John McLean noted that, “Holly has stepped down from her position and will be sorely missed. She accomplished quite alot in her short time here. The team had a very good year at the gate and she made quite a number of inroads relative to sponsors and business partners and relationships with the community. We are looking forward to carrying over that momentum into the 2014 season and beyond.”
Jones, who came to Victoria after leaving a position with Jet Blue airlines in New York city, noted today via her Twitter feed that, “I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve met over the last 14 months. I will not be returning for the 2014 season. I will be returning to Oregon to be with my family. I am grateful for the love from partners, media, fans, friends, players and coaches and I wish everyone the best in the continued growth and success of the team.”
As to a replacement for Jones, McLean noted that it was still too early for that, but that he would be in Victoria over the next week to begin the process of looking for a replacement.
One possible candidate may be local businessman Brad Norris-Jones. Norris-Jones has been working in a sales capacity with the club during their first season and is well connected to the local baseball and business community here in town. His son Kelly also plays NCAA baseball at the University of Illinois.
Stay tuned to www.islandsportsnews.net for more details as they become available.