The team's radio voice for the first six seasons (1999-2004), Rob Egan was named the fourth General Manager in Altoona Curve history on December 5, 2008. Egan returned to the Curve after spending nearly four years as the Secretary for Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown (2005-08). Egan also created and hosted the daily, sports talk show, "Front & Center", on the ESPN Radio affiliates in Altoona and State College in 2006, hosting it for three years.
Egan enters his 14th season in professional baseball, spending the majority of his career in the fields of communications and public relations. Prior to his first stint with the Curve (1999-2004), he worked for minor league clubs in Charleston, S.C. (1997-98), Johnstown (1996), and Salinas, Calif. (1995). In addition to his broadcasting responsibilities, Egan was extensively involved in the marketing, promotions, and sponsorship sales of all the teams for which he previously worked.
During his first three years as General Manager, the franchise has achieved several firsts. In November 2010, the Curve unveiled entirely new logos and uniform designs which redefined the team's brand for the first time since the club's original marks were revealed in 1998. The new logos embrace the region's railroad history by incorporating an engineer character as the centerpiece with the iconic Pennsylvania keystone also used in the backdrop. Even the riveted lettering and the introduction of new colors like "Railroad Red" and "Boiler Bronze" are tied more closely to those of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR).
In 2011, for the first time since 2006, the Curve's average home attendance increased. An enhanced promotional and marketing effort including more giveaway events, increased social media interaction with fans, and more ticket and food value programs, produced the increase. In fact one of the promotions that helped drive attendance in 2011 - the innovative "Summer Cruise Series" - helped earn the Curve a finalist nomination for Minor League Baseball's Golden Bobblehead Award for the first time.
This past January, the Curve announced another first as the franchise prepared for its 14th season. Peoples Natural Gas, a marketing partner since relocating its headquarters in Pittsburgh two years ago, agreed to acquire the naming rights to Blair County Ballpark with a long-term pact. In addition to renaming the facility "Peoples Natural Gas Field", the region's natural gas provider has commissioned a study that will help the Curve become more efficient and environmentally-friendly with all of their energy use. The study is doing the same for neighboring Lakemont Park, Galactic Ice, The Casino, and Lakemont Park Office Village and will find out of a single energy source for the entire footprint of properties is possible in the future.
Before getting into baseball, Egan was afternoon news and sports director for WGHN-FM and AM Radio in Grand Haven, Mich. from 1992 to 1995. A 1991 graduate of Central Michigan University, he has performed various play-by-play duties for three Division I schools: Central Michigan, College of Charleston, and St. Francis (Pa.) University.
Egan serves on the boards of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is also a member of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Attractions Committee and enjoys volunteering as a "buddy" for Miracle League of Blair County. A native of Grand Blanc, Mich., Egan resides in Altoona with his wife, CK, and four children: Drew, Gabriel, Caroline and Regina.