May 20 2014 ISN – VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats are committed to creating and
providing the best fan experience possible. To achieve this commitment,
dedicated off-field staff are required and the HarbourCats are excited to
announce key staffing for the 2014 West Coast League season.
staff includes a mix of new staff with fresh ideas and returning staff from
the 2013 season at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park who helped
create an outstanding environment, seeing the HarbourCats draw more than
42,000 fans, including a record 4,210 to the All-Star Game.
“The staffing from last year included so many strong people who jumped in
with both feet and helped lead the team through that exciting first year,”
said Jim Swanson, a former pro baseball GM who is in his first full year as
General Manager of the HarbourCats. “It was apparent from the day I arrived
that a great base of people was in place, and that the important next step
was to get everyone on the same page and fill in areas with people who
bring additional energy and talent.”
The season opens with two exhibition games on June 4 and 5 – June 4, the
city’s two BCPBL teams will play (7:11pm, Eagles vs. Mariners), and on June
5, the HarbourCats will finish their min training camp by playing a
combined team comprised of Eagles and Mariners players (also a 7:11pm
start). The HarbourCats play their first WCL regular season game on the
road in Kelowna (a June 6-7-8 series against the Falcons), then return to
Sports Traders Diamond for the home-opening series, June 10-11-12 vs. the
Cowlitz Black Bears.
“Those games on June 4 and 5 are integral for us to get our feet wet with
operations and the key changes we have planned for 2014, so that everything
is running full-steam on June 10,” said Swanson. “Those first two games
will allow us to get bugs worked out. What is exciting is how many tickets
are already selling for all those early games, too.”
The key staff for 2014 listing, including some people who have already been
announced previously as important aspects of the operation were unveiled:
*Karen Russell, Host Family Coordinator* – returns to the post of
ensuring the student-athletes coming from top baseball programs are matched
with a welcoming host home.
*Brad Norris-Jones, Marketing Director* – has served the HarbourCats
through the off-season, building the corporate and group sales base, and
now will help lead the merchandising effort.
*Nicole Post, Ticketing Manager* – was a member of the gameday team in
2013, now the Camosun student (in Bachelor of Business Administration
program) steps up to operate the ticketing program, along with leading the
social media and HR planning needs.
*Dave Westgeest, Baseball Operations Coordinator* – returning for the
2014 season, assisting the GM in planning travel, equipment, facility
operations and groundskeeping.
*Carolyn Birch, On-Field Promotions* – just as in 2013, the energy
behind all the fun that will happen before games and between innings, on
the field and in the stands.
*Curtis Hawkins, Head Athletic Therapist* – the lead AT for the team and
will also lead a team of Camosun undergrads who will get valuable
experience helping not just the HarbourCats, but also the umpires and
*Jordan Smith, Broadcaster* – will call play-by-play and coordinate
technical aspects of the team’s live streaming video offering, in addition
to marketing that product.
*Quinn Keeler, Community Relations* – works with the players/coaches and
with Harvey the HarbourCat on community events, assists all media
promotions initiatives, and devises gameday promotional plan with the GM.
*Jake Warren, Video Coordinator* – in charge of upgrades and planning
for the video scoreboard at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park.
*Jason King, Video Operator* – shooting, editing and finding all the
perfect timing so the video scoreboard is an integral part of the fan
*Brittany French, Youth Programs Coordinator* – devising and
implementing all plans for the school assemblies program, Peninsula Co-op
kids club, and youth skills camps.
*David Marshall, Music* – orchestrating the sounds behind the sights of
the game, creating an atmosphere of fun through the sound system.
*Jamie Weiss and Matt Soper, PA Announcers* – behind the mic to announce
the starting lineups, the next batter, and the need-to-know messages, and
they may not be stationed where you think this season.
*Gary Belleville and Ryan Szatmary, Official Scorers *– will track every
pitch, every play, and enter into the scoring program to keep the myriad of
stats that help make baseball what it is.
In addition, many others have been added to the team at the ticket booth,
at the info booth, helping answer questions throughout the stands, at the
merchandise table, in the press box, aiding in crowd engagement, working
video cameras, and singing national anthems.
“It’s a comprehensive gameday plan that we hope the fans will like, and
will see this family entertainment hit a new level in Victoria,” said
Swanson. “It’s an absolute pleasure to work with all these people, and
watching them put heart-and-soul into their areas makes me so excited for
this season to start.”