Bob Murphy has been in sports management since 1995. He received his undergraduate degree in communications and media arts from Buffalo State College and received his MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Bob Murphy was appointed President of the Dayton Dragons in February 1999. Murphy was named Executive of the Year by the Midwest League in the years 2000 and 2011. In the year 2000 Bob was named to Dayton Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 in Business.
In the year 2005 he was named Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by the longstanding national sports publication The Sporting News. In 2013, Murphy was awarded the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Everest Award honoring leaders and legends on the I-75 Growth Corridor.
In the year 2000, Mr. Murphy was named the Midwest League Executive of the Year as well as named to Dayton Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 in Business.
Under Murphy's leadership, the Dayton Dragons organization set and surpassed numerous milestones. Among the accomplishments are selling out every Dayton Dragons game since its inception in the year 2000; and on July 9, 2011 broke the all-time record for most consecutive home game sellouts when they sold out their 815th consecutive game having broken the 18-year-old record set by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.
In addition, the organization has received several awards during its existence including being honored by the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs as the winner of the John H. Johnson President's Trophy in the years 2001, 2011 & 2012. The annual award honors the individual or club that best exemplifies the standards of the complete baseball franchise. In 2012 the Dragons were also awarded Minor League Baseball's John H. Johnson President's Award which honors the complete baseball franchise, the top honor bestowed by Minor League Baseball.
March 19, 2012 the Dayton Dragons were named as one of five finalists for the SportsBusiness Journal Professional Sports Team of the Year Award. The Dragons are the first minor league team from any sport to be selected as a finalist for the award. The award honors a sports franchise based on an evaluation of "excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes."
Bob and his wife, Kathy, are especially proud of their three children, Kaitlin, Michael, and Colleen.
|Eric Deutsch||Executive Vice President|
Eric has been with the company since 1993 having worked with the Las Vegas Stars/51's baseball franchise from '93 to '98, before moving to the Dayton Dragons in 1999. Eric was born at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, but was raised in Las Vegas. Eric received his accounting degree from the University of San Diego in 1990 and worked for Solar Turbines/Caterpillar in San Diego in the finance department for two years before moving on to graduate school. In 1993 Eric received his Master of Science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University of Miami, Florida. Eric has been with the Dragons since the inception of the franchise. Eric and his wife Courtney have three daughters.
|Gary Mayse||Executive Vice President and General Manager|
A native of Sidney, Ohio, Gary graduated from Houston High School (OH) and received his bachelors degree in Sports Management from the University of Dayton in 1990. Gary will be entering his ninth year in professional baseball operations. He began his career as the Assistant General Manager for the Clinton Giants of the Midwest League. While working with the Giants, Gary's main duties included stadium operations, game-day operations, and team relations. He also assisted with the planning and development of the field renovation project that took place at the stadium (Riverview Stadium) in 1994. In 1995 Gary joined the Wisconsin Timber Ratters of the Midwest League as the Stadium/Field Operations Manger. During that time, Gary served as the team's liaison during the construction phases of the Rattlers' $5.4 million dollar stadium. Gary was promoted to Assistant General Manager in December of 1995. While Gary was with the Rattlers, the team was the recipient of the "Bob Frietas Class A Organization of the Year Award" and received the Midwest League's "Field and Stadium Operations Award" three (3) consecutive years. Gary enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Diane, son Elijah and daughter Hannah.
|Mark Schlein||Vice President of Accounting and Finance|
Mark, a native of Dayton, graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School. He attended college at the University of Dayton (UD) where he received a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting major). After receiving his undergraduate degree, Mark further advanced his education at UD by completing the MBA program. Mark has over 20 years of experience and has been employed in both manufacturing and service industries. His professional background includes work in financial planning, marketing, strategic planning, and all areas of accounting.
|Jeff Webb||Vice President of Corporate Partnerships|
Jeff Webb is a home grown product of Dayton, Ohio. Born just a few miles south of Fifth Third Field, Jeff has grown up, worked, played, and lived in Dayton his entire life. Jeff brings to the Dayton Dragons over 20 years of sales knowledge from the Dayton Market. Most recently he has spent 10 years in the telecommunications industry as well as eight years of beverage industry experience. Jeff keeps busy in his down time with his lovely wife Trisha, son Brody and daughters Jessica and Kaitlin.
|Brad Eaton||Vice President of Corporate Partnerships|
A Columbus, Indiana native, Brad was one of the original Dayton Dragons staffers, joining the organization in January 2000. During his first two seasons, he helped to create the Dragons wildly popular "PlayBall!" game program, as well as handle media requests for the growing Dragons brand.
He graduated from the University of Dayton with a major in communications and minors in marketing and economics in 2001. Following graduation and his second season with the Dragons, Brad moved into sponsor services where he began implementing comprehensive marketing programs for some of the Dragons key corporate partners. In 2007, he returned to UD to begin work on his MBA and was promoted to Vice President overseeing the Dragons sponsor services department. Recently, he was a co-chair of the committee which planned and executed all of the public and private events surrounding the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game which was hosted in Dayton during June 2013.
His current role is Vice President of Corporate Partnerships where he works with local, regional and national companies to create comprehensive marketing partnerships which harness the popularity of the Dayton Dragons to impact their businesses.
During his free time, Brad enjoys playing softball, golf and basketball. He is also active in the Dayton community, serving on the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board. He lives in nearby Oakwood with his wife Molly, daughters Harper and Morgan and a lovable black Labrador named Spartacus.
|Brandy Guinaugh||Vice President of Sponsor Services|
Brandy Guinaugh was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio. She graduated with honors from Lemon Monroe High School in 1996. While attending Miami University (1996-2000) in Oxford, Ohio, Brandy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business with a major in Marketing and a minor in Decision Sciences. After college graduation, she joined Fifth Third Bank and was a Branch Manager of the Oak Creek branch three years prior to joining the bank's Marketing department in 2003. Brandy has been with the Dragons since September 2004. In her spare time, Brandy enjoys volunteering, singing, attending church and spending time with her family and friends. She resides in Beavercreek with her husband David and their German Shepherd, Harley.
Accounting and Finance
|Dorothy Day||Staff Accountant|
Born in Seattle, WA and raised in Chicago, Dorothy has also lived in northern Ohio and Ann Arbor, MI. Dorothy has a B.A. in Sociology from Ohio University and post-graduate studies in accounting and mathematics and has successfully completed the Individual as well as Corporate Income Tax program through the National Tax Training School in New York. Dorothy has 20+ years of accounting experience in manufacturing and service industries. Favorite sports are baseball, football and ice hockey.
|Lindsey Huerter||Senior Marketing Manager|
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lindsey joined the Dragons' team in 2010. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2009 with a dual major in International Business and Marketing and minor in Spanish. While attending GVSU, Lindsey worked as a Marketing and Promotions Intern for a fellow Midwest League team, the West Michigan Whitecaps. Prior to joining the Dragons, she worked for the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids in membership services and event planning.
In her free time, Lindsey enjoys playing sand volleyball, working out, travelling with friends and family and rooting on the Detroit Lions and the University of Michigan football team. She currently volunteers with 5th and 6th grade ministries at her church and with the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton.
|Jacob Coy||Marketing Manager|
Jacob Coy is a native of Springboro, Ohio. He recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a major in Sports Administration and a minor in Business Administration. Jacob started as an intern with the Dragons during the 2014 season. During his spare time, Jacob enjoys working out, rooting for the Steelers and Buckeyes, and spending time with his family and friends.
|Greg Lees||Marketing Manager|
Greg was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He obtained an Associates degree from Sinclair Community College and a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Leadership at Wright State University. Greg has prior experience as an intern with the Wright State Athletic Department and with the Dragons during the 2012 season providing tours of the stadium and fulfilling game day activities. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out and playing softball.
|Jason Mckendree||Marketing Manager|
Jason is currently in his third season with the Dayton Dragons. Jason started with the Dragons in 2012 in a tour guide position. He returned in 2013 as a Sponsor Services intern, and is now fulltime as Marketing Manager.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Jason is an avid fan of Cincinnati sports. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica, two dogs, T-bone and Tyson, as well as traveling, watching movies, and cooking.
|Mike Vujea||Director of Group Sales|
Mike was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. He graduated from the University of Dayton in May 2005 with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Public Relations. While at UD, Mike worked in the marketing department at the University of Dayton Arena for two years. Mike started with the Dragons in 2004 as a summer intern. He enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and playing baseball, basketball, football, and golf.
|Trafton Eutsler||Director of Season Ticket Sales|
Native of New Hope Virginia, Trafton attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he earned a degree in Sports and Recreation Management and a Minor in Business. Trafton enters his fourth season with the Dayton Dragons and fifth in Minor League Baseball having previously worked with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Trafton enjoys all that Dayton has to offer outdoors including fishing, golfing, and running. He currently lives in Riverside with his "not so little" dog Markey.
|Lance Camden||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Ohio will always be considered home to Lance. A graduate of Ohio Dominican University, Lance played football at college helping ODU win a championship in 2008. Before joining the Dayton Dragons, Lance worked for AT&T, as a Sr. Training Manager in Minneapolis, MN. Lance spends time off rooting for the Cleveland Browns, contemplating going to the gym, binge watching shows on Netflix, and enjoying his two dogs, Weezy and Drake.
|Andrew Hayes||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Andrew, a native of Washington Court House, Ohio, is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University where he received a degree in Sport Management. He is entering his third season with the Dragons, having served as an Operations Intern for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He has also held an internship with the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, assisting with the planning efforts for the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Gala. In his free time Andrew enjoys playing golf, fishing, the outdoors, playing guitar, and cheering on his beloved Reds.
|Matt Heithaus||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Matt, a native of Chesterfield, Virginia; graduated from James Madison University this past May with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sports Communications. This will be his 3rd season in Minor League Baseball, having spent the first two with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Matt got married in June and he and his wife are very excited to be in Dayton and are looking forward to getting familiar with all it has to offer.
|Carl Hertzberg||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Having split most of his time between Georgia and Ohio growing up, it is only fitting that Carl returns home to his birthstate and begins his first season with the Dragons. Having worked for both The Atlanta Motor Speedway and The University of Georgia Club Hockey Team, Carl enters his second season in Minor League Baseball having worked for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2013.When not busy working, Carl is an avid sports fan, and loves to cheer on his Redhawks and Bulldogs. He also enjoys cycling, playing boardgames, and settling down on the couch to read a book. Carl graduated from Miami University.
|Lauren Merkt||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Born on a baseball Opening Day, Lauren was destined to be involved in the sport industry. From toddler years all the way into high school she played sports and focused on volleyball and cross country once at Colerain High School.
Lauren went to the University of South Carolina and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. While attending South Carolina she assisted Gamecock Sport Properties with game day promotions and marketing efforts and worked the Masters in 2010 and 2011.
She completed her first Flying Pig Marathon in May 2015. In her spare time she enjoys ESPN, working out, fashion, current events, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and indulging in her favorite, a Krispy Creme glazed doughnut.
|Chris O'Shea||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Growing up in Texas, but spending the past 7 years in the Midwest, Chris has come to call this area home. After completing his bachelor's degree in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville, Chris then attended Ohio University graduating with a Master's in Business Administration & Sport Administration. Chris has baseball in his blood, as he worked with the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds, before joining the Dayton Dragons. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling around the country to sporting events and spending time with friends and family.
|Sam Schneider||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Sam graduated from Ohio University in December 2013 with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration. While attending OU, Sam worked in the athletic department for two years, completing his sports management practicum in the ticket office and interning as a Marketing Associate in the Marketing and Promotions office. He also held an internship with a start-up ticket-brokering firm providing data on the secondary market for most of the year.
Sam is a native of the Dayton area. He grew up in Beavercreek and attended Beavercreek High School. In his free time, Sam enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending and watching sporting events of all kinds, and any excuse to hang out with his four nieces.
|Kyle Volp||Corporate Marketing Manager|
Kyle hails from the great state of Wisconsin, born and raised in a small town called Omro. Kyle attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 2011 with degrees in Communication Arts and Psychology.
Kyle is no stranger to minor league baseball, getting his start after college in North Carolina with the Hickory Crawdads as a promotions assistant, and also spent the last three years in New Jersey as a Group Sales Manager with the Lakewood BlueClaws. It's been a long journey back to the Midwest, so Kyle is very excited for his first season with the Dayton Dragons!
In his free time Kyle enjoys cheering on the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers, visiting all the MLB ballparks in the country with his wonderful girlfriend Vicki, grilling out, fishing, playing all sorts of sports, and watching superhero movies.
|Stefanie Mitchell||Box Office Manager|
Stefanie, who has been with the Dragons since 2008, went to Vandalia-Butler High School and graduated from Sinclair with an Associates in Communications Arts. While attending Sinclair, Stefanie wrote for the school newspaper, the Clarion. Stefanie have been around baseball her entire life in one way or another, growing up watching her father play in Dayton's amateur leagues, and now helping him every year with the Dayton Amateur Baseball Commission (DABC) Hall of Fame Banquet. In her spare time Stefanie enjoys spending time with her husband Levi and new son Aiden, family, and friends. She is a big baseball and football fan.
|Katelyn Hoover||Assistant Box Office Manager|
Katelyn is a Dayton native and a Carroll High School Alumni. She studied Communications at Sinclair Community College, and was very involved in plays and musicals while at Sinclair. She was also an athletic trainer for the football and basketball teams. Katelyn is in her eighth season with the Dragons. She started as part of the game day staff working in the Fun Zone for 5 years, and has worked in the Box Office for the past 2 before being promoted to Assistant Manager.
In her free time, Katelyn enjoys singing and acting, as well as spending time with her friends, family and dog, Zeebee. She is also a huge Dayton Flyer basketball fan and supports both the Men's and Women's basketball teams.
|John Wallace||Senior Director of Operations|
John, a native of Ironton, OH is a 1998 graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. At Tennessee, he worked as a student strength and conditioning coach in the Women's Athletics Department.
His professional baseball experience began as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with the Cincinnati Reds organization. He spent the 1999 season with the Single A affiliate Clinton Lumber Kings, followed by a two year stint with the Dragons in 2000 and 2001.
John joined the Dragons staff in 2002 serving as the team's clubhouse/equipment manager. John and his wife, Julie live in Centerville with their daughters Emily and Caroline.
|Joe Elking||Director of Facility Operations|
Joe was born and raised in Brookville, Ohio. Joe comes to the Dragons with over 25 years of experience in facilities maintenance repair and management, and began his career with the Dragons in its inaugural season. In his spare time he enjoys baseball, hockey and traveling to Las Vegas. Currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio and is especially proud of his two daughters Christen and Ashley, Stepson Ryan and his Grandchildren Morgan, Beckett, Presley, and Emery Joseph.
|Britt Barry||Sports Turf Manager|
Britt's turf management career began at the Parks and Recreation Department in his hometown of Montpelier, Ohio as a summer employee. As a 2011 graduate of Wilmington College in Ohio, he majored in Agriculture with a concentration in Agronomy. While in college, Britt worked on the campus grounds crew, interned for Hyde Park Country Club in Cincinnati, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the New York Mets. After college, he was the Assistant Groundskeeper here with the Dragons, before taking over the Head Groundskeeper position for the Lexington Legends. Britt is now entering his first year as Sports Turf Manager with the Dragons. Britt enjoys watching baseball, basketball, football, and Nascar.
|Joe Eaglowski||Senior Game Day Operations Manager|
Joe came to the Dragons after just three (3) months of retirement. Previously Joe worked for 32 years at the University of Dayton. Joe started his working career as a high school football coach and athletic director at Canton Central Catholic High School. Joe then became an assistant football coach at the University of Dayton. After coaching the defensive line for the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League, Joe returned to the University of Dayton as Arena Manager. Joe ended his working career at the University of Dayton as Manager of Contracted Services. Joe and his wife Barbara are especially proud of the families of their three (3) sons that includes six (6) grandchildren.
|Cody Oakes||Baseball Operations Manager|
Cody, a native of Piqua, Ohio is a 2010 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors degree in Sport Management. Out of high school, Cody played baseball at Clark State for two years where he was a team captain before transferring to Bowling Green. While at Bowling Green he worked for the university's athletic department.
Cody enters his eighth season in professional baseball after previously working for the Toledo Mud Hens, Louisville Bats and Nashville Sounds. He joined the Dayton Dragons in 2012 as an Operations Assistant and then served as the Event Operations manager for two years before being promoted to his current role. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, attending sporting events and playing golf and poker.
|Tom Nichols||Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting|
2015 is Tom's eighth season with the Dragons and 28th year as a broadcaster in Minor League Baseball. He serves as the voice of the Dragons on WONE AM 980 and handles play-by-play on 25 Dragons live television broadcasts on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 (Time Warner Channel 23). Tom also oversees the Dragons media relations department and speakers' bureau. He has broadcast over 3,600 Minor League games and is one of the few broadcasters to have worked at the Triple-A, Double-A, advanced-A, Single-A, and independent professional levels. Tom was a 2009 inductee into the Delaware County (Ind.) Athletics Hall-of-Fame and is a former Broadcaster of the Year in the Double-A Southern League. Tom came to Dayton after serving as Executive Director of Victory Sports Group (a sports management and development company) from 2005-'07. Previously, he spent eight years in the Southern League as the broadcaster for the Mobile BayBears from 1997-2004. He served in a similar role with the Fort Wayne Wizards of the Midwest League from 1993-'96 and the Peoria Chiefs, also of the MWL in 1991-'92. He served as a broadcaster with the Kinston Indians in 1990 after beginning his minor league career with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in 1988 and '89. Over his career, nearly 100 players from his "home" teams have advanced to the major leagues including Randy Johnson, Jim Thome, Torii Hunter, Jake Peavy, Todd Frazier, and Billy Hamilton among others. Tom entered the world of professional baseball after an award-winning tenure as News Director at WLBC AM-FM in Muncie. Tom has also supervised the media relations campaign for a NASCAR Busch Series team and spent one season as the play-by-play voice of an East Coast Hockey League club in Alabama. Tom, 50, is a 1986 graduate of Ball State University and a native of Muncie, Indiana.
|Zack Spencer||Manager, Retail Operations|
Zack enters his third season with the Dayton Dragons as the Store Manager for the Dragons Den team store. He spent his first two seasons as Retail Coordinator of the Dragons Den. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he grew up with his family in Middletown, and then later moved to Kettering, Ohio, where he currently resides. Zack graduated in 2011, with honors from Fairmont High School in Kettering. When Zack is not managing the team store he likes to play sports, hunt, fish, bull ride and take his Jeep off-roading. He also enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and playful Yellow Labrador named Bullet.
|Kaitlin Rohrer||Sr. Director of Entertainment|
Kaitlin began working with the Dragons in 2003 as a member of the Green Team and became the Entertainment Assistant in 2006. She graduated in 2009 from Indiana Wesleyan University with a double major in Social Work and Addictions Counseling. Kaitlin enjoys working out, running and volunteering with Advocates 4 Animals, a local animal rescue organization. She currently lives in Xenia with her husband, Scott.>/p>
|Katrina Hamilton||Director of Entertainment|
Katrina is a native of Beavercreek. After graduating from the University of Dayton, she joined Disney Cruise Line and performed onboard their ships as a Cruise Staff Entertainment Host, visiting 21 different countries in four years. In 2010, Katrina left Disney to pursue her master's degree at UD, and joined the Green Team on the field with the Dragons in the summer. With her master's in hand, she headed south to Winter Park, Florida and ran a summer camp for two years before returning home to Dayton.
|Leslie Stuck||Office Manager|
Leslie has been with the Dayton Dragons since 1999 as assistant to the president and office manager. Having been born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Fairborn, Leslie remains a loyal Buckeye. I earned my Associates Degree from Clark Technical College with a focus in court reporting. I also earned my CPS certification in 1997. Leslie and her husband, Mike, enjoy traveling and boating whenever possible; and when spending time close to home, Leslie keeps busy with gardening, photography, and anything outdoors.
|Barbara VanSchaik||Administrative Secretary|
Barbara, born and raised in Dayton, was hired in 1999 as the game time receptionist. She accepted the position as Administrative Secretary in 2000 for the Dayton Dragons. She has more than 30 years' customer service experience, along with 20 years' administrative experience. Barbara has attended Sinclair, as well as designed and taught a course at Sinclair. Her passion is sports, with baseball being her Number 1 interest. In her leisure time she enjoys cooking and has written the cookbook "A Good Taste in Dining".
|Amber Mingus||Customer Service Representative|
Amber Mingus comes to us with mix of both entertainment and marketing experience. Her experience includes character performance with Disney and for the White House. She has performed locally with La Comedia Dinner Theater, Dayton Playhouse, and SMAG. She has worked in marketing for NASCAR, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, and the PGA. She was a Jr. Account Manager for the former Dayton Gems pro Hockey Team. Amber has been with the Dragons since 2009 starting in the entertainment department. In 2010, she became a member of the Play Zone and in 2012 joined the team in the Dragons Den, being promoted to Assistant Manager of the Den in 2013. She was again promoted to Customer Service Representative in 2014. Amber has a double degree from Sinclair CC in Dance and Liberal Arts with a focus on Sports Marketing. She is currently working on her B.S in Marketing. A native of Xenia she enjoys teaching ballet at the Miami County YMCA. She currently resides in West Milton with her husband John and son Jake.