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Front Office

Email Address: muddy@carolinamudcats.com
Website: www.carolinamudcats.com
Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers
Years in Carolina League: 2012-Present

 

Management


Steve Bryant President, Majority Owner  

Steve Bryant

Steve Bryant is entering his twenty seventh year at the helm of the Carolina Mudcats. While doing so, Steve has watched the storied franchise evolve into one of the most famous and well run organizations in the minor leagues. Many changes over the seasons have continued to keep Five County Stadium at the top of venues across the country. The "Family Place" is one of the most beautiful places you could ever watch baseball.

Bryant's decision to purchase the Kinston Indians in December 2011 started a chain reaction that covered four states and brought the Carolina League back to the Triangle. In a move Steve liked to call "Back to the Future", the Carolina Mudcats entered into a new era as members of the popular Carolina League which has deep roots in North Carolina and the Triangle. Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson and many other local cities have been home to the Carolina League since the early thirties.

In 2017 the Mudcats ushered in an exciting new era of Mudcats baseball by agreeing on a new player development agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers.

"Having met with the Brewers, and in looking at their system, we are confident that we are getting an organization that is loaded with young, talented prospects that we feel will enhance our program" said Bryant. "We are very impressed with the Brewers in that they share with us a desire to develop young talent at the Minor League level."

So enjoy your stay in this spectacular stadium and experience the "Magic of Baseball" while the Mudcats continue to make history.


Joe Kremer Vice President, General Manager  

Joe Kremer

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN

First Year with Mudcats: 1989

Big League Team I Follow: Chicago Cubs

College Team I Follow: Purdue Boilermakers

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Christmas Vacation

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Great Seafood

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Imagine by John Lennon

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Family's walking out saying "Thank you, we had a great time."

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: 2008 All-Star Event, Miracle League Pre-game, finishing with the "Miracle League Crawl" and award ceremonies


Eric Gardner General Manager of Operations  

Eric Gardner

Hometown: Tarboro, NC

First Year with Mudcats: 1996

Big League Team I Follow: All - was partial to the San Diego Padres because Tony Gwynn gave hope to chubby kids like me

College Team I Follow: University of North Carolina Tar Heels

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Dumb and Dumber

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: A big Cheeseburger, crinkle cut French fries and a cup of sweet tea with pellet ice

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Rappers Delight by the Sugar Hill

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: The happiness that baseball brings pretty much everyone

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Winning the league championship in 2003


 

Front Office Staff

Aaron Bayles

Hometown: Rochester, NY

First Year with Mudcats: 2006

Big League Team I Follow: Minnesota Twins

College Team I Follow: Syracuse University

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Nick Tahoe's Garbage Plate

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Rappers Delight by Sugar Hill Gang & Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Making it to the Southern League Championship Game in 2008 and just missing winning the championship by 1 game


Dwayne Lucas Director of Food and Beverage

Dwayne Lucas

Hometown: Wilson, NC

First Year with Mudcats: 2008

Big League Team I Follow: Oakland A's

College Team I Follow: East Carolina University

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Animal House and Cheech and Chong

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Octopus, Raw of course

The Best Song Ever Written Is: It's a Long Way to the Top by AC/DC

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: The gates opening and getting see all the smiling faces!

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: The night that James Fletcher and his family received a donation from the Mudcats


John Packer Director of Field Operations

John Packer

Hometown: Waterbury, CT

First Year with Mudcats: 2002

Big League Team I Follow: New York Yankees

College Team I Follow: University of Connecticut

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Caddyshack

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Steak

The Best Song Ever Written Is: I couldn't even narrow it down to a top ten

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: My pretty green grass obviously

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Flyover during the 2008 All-Star Game National Anthem


Duke Sanders Ticket & Corporate Sales Executive

Duke Sanders

Hometown: Columbia, SC

First Year with Mudcats: 1991

Big League Team I Follow: Any team with a former Mudcat on it

College Team I Follow: University of South Carolina Gamecocks

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Anything in the "Friday" series

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: "Good" Mexican food

The Best Song Ever Written Is: "The Lord's Prayer"

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: The entertainment

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Winning the 1995 Southern League Championship, our first


Andrew Bradley Graphic Designer

Andrew Bradley

Hometown: Lumberton, NC

First Year with Mudcats: 2017

Big League Team I Follow: All Teams

College Team I Follow: All Teams

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Tommy Boy

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Hanger steak

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Started from the Bottom - Drake

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Meeting the Staff


Josh Clark Corporate Sales Executive

Josh Clark

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

First Year with Mudcats: 2014

Big League Team I Follow: New York Yankees

College Team I Follow: NC State

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Anchorman

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Filet Mignon w/Mashed Potatoes

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Reality Check, Binary Star

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Hearing the crowd roar after the Mudcats score

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Forth of July Fireworks


Patrick Ennis Director of Promotions, Sales Executive

Patrick Ennis

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

First Year with Mudcats: 2014

Big League Team I Follow: New York Mets

College Team I Follow: University of Georgia

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: National Lampoons Animal House

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Zaxby's Chicken

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Don't Stop Believing by Journey

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Seeing all of the smiles on our fan's faces

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Becoming a Brewers Affiliate


Corey Essman Mascot Coordinator

Corey Essman

Hometown: Columbus, OH

First Year with Mudcats: 2016

Big League Team I Follow: Cleveland Indians

College Team I Follow: The Ohio State University

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: The Hangover

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Raising Canes Chicken

The Best Song Ever Written Is: James Dean by the Eagles

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Playing a game on the Fourth of July.


Taylor Gustafson Group Sales Associate

Taylor Gustafson

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

First Year with Mudcats: 2016

Big League Team I Follow: Pittsburgh Pirates

College Team I Follow: My JMU Dukes, Navy Midshipmen & Notre Dame Fightin' Irish

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Christmas Vacation

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: My grandmother's rigatonis with her homemade sauce.

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Hold On by Wilson Phillips

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Are the memories to be made - every game is an opportunity for a perfect game, a no-hitter, a grand slam, or a walk-off win. You'll have to join us to find out!


Becca Holtgreive Director of Community Relations

Becca Holtgreive

Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, MI

First Year with Mudcats: 2016

Big League Team I Follow: Detroit Tigers

College Team I Follow: Central Michigan University

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: The Heat

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Hop Cat Restaurant's burger and fries located in Michigan.

The Best Song Ever Written Is: TBD

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Seeing the fans excited and having a great time at games.


Andrew Houston Group Sales Associate

Becca Holtgreive

Hometown: Northborough, MA

First Year with Mudcats: 2016

Big League Team I Follow: Boston Red Sox

College Team I Follow: Texas A&M

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Step Brothers

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Fish and Chips

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Bohemian Rhapsody

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Enjoying the sights and sounds of the ballpark

My favorite Mudcats moment was: Fireworks on July 4th


Mike Link Director of Ticket Sales

Mike Link

Hometown: Akron, OH

First Year with Mudcats: 2015

Big League Team I Follow: Cleveland Indians

College Team I Follow: University of Akron

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Dumb & Dumber

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: A Panini's Overstuffed Sandwich

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Dreams by Van Halen

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: The fans at the ballpark

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Seeing the giant, brand new videoboard (future moment)


Cameron Olson Director of Stadium Operations

Cameron Olson

Hometown: Bancroft, WI

First Year with Mudcats: 2016

Big League Team I Follow: Milwaukee Brewers

College Team I Follow: University of Wisconsin

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Anchorman

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: My mama's mashed potatoes with meatballs and gravy.

The Best Song Ever Written Is: American Pie by Don McLean

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Enjoying the atmosphere of America's pastime.


Joshua Perry Director of Ticket Operations, Sales Executive

Josh Perry

Hometown: Bunn, NC

First Year with Mudcats: 2006

Big League Team I Follow: Boston Red Sox

College Team I Follow: NC State University

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: French Toast

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Rite of Spring by Angels & Airwaves

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Getting to enjoy the game you love in the great atmosphere that Five County Stadium provides


Amy Peterson Merchandise Manager

Amy Peterson

Hometown: Newburgh, IN

First Year with Mudcats: 2017

Big League Team I Follow: Cincinnati Reds

College Team I Follow: Kentucky Wildcats

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Fried Up!

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Ice Cream

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Piano Man


Steven A Smith Director of In-Game Entertainment, Video Producer

Amy Peterson

Hometown: Miami Beach

First Year with Mudcats: 2016

Big League Team I Follow: Los Angeles Dodgers

College Team I Follow: University of Florida Fightin' Gators

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: ough one… Blazing Saddles by a nose over Animal House & Happy Gilmore.

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: My grandmother's homemade beef brisket 'n gravy.

The Best Song Ever Written Is: "Shelter from the Storm" by Bob Dylan

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: No matter the score, everyone's having a great time.

My favorite Mudcats moment: It's always that initial rush of adrenaline when the team takes the field. "The magic of baseball."


Cassie Tomasello Social Media Coordinator, Promotions Assistant

Amy Peterson

Hometown: Saint Augustine, Florida

First Year with Mudcats: 2016

Big League Team I Follow: New York Yankees

College Team I Follow: Florida Gators

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Yes Man

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: Homemade eggplant parmesan

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Vienna by Billy Joel

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Being able to provide a few hours of fun and entertainment for our guests to enjoy.


Greg Young Play-by-Play Broadcaster, Media Relations

Greg Young

Hometown: Hidden Valley Lake, CA

First Year with Mudcats: 2015

Big League Team I Follow: All of them

College Team I Follow: Sacramento State Hornets

Funniest Movie I've Ever Watched: Anchorman

I Would Walk 8 Miles In My Barefeet To Eat: My Mom's Gumbo

The Best Song Ever Written Is: Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers

The Best Part About A Mudcats Game is: Watching the fans dance on Mudzilla

My Favorite Mudcats Moment was: Jose Briceno's game tying home run versus Myrtle Beach after the bus accident in May 2015