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Front Office Staff

Main Office Phone: (814) 272-1711, Fax: (814) 272-1718,
Mail: 112 Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, University Park, PA 16802

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Chuck Greenberg Chairman and Managing Partner
Chuck Greenberg

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For more than two decades, State College Spikes Chairman and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg has built his reputation as an innovative franchise owner and operator, corporate and sports attorney, dealmaker, advisor, and expert on the business and economics of major professional sports.

Chuck's extraordinary vision, hard work and collaboration with Penn State University led to the birth of State College and Centre County's first-ever professional sports franchise and the building of beautiful Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, which opened for the Spikes inaugural 2006 season.

Chuck was very instrumental in working with Penn State University on the financing, construction and Operating Agreement for Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, which is now home to both the Spikes and Penn State's NCAA baseball program. He also played a key leadership role in the design of the ballpark, which became the first LEED Certified baseball stadium in the country.

In addition to his title as Spikes Chairman & Managing Partner, he currently holds the same title for the Myrtle Beach (SC) Pelicans, the Class-A Advanced Carolina League affiliate of the Texas Rangers. In August 2014, Chuck led an ownership group that purchased the Double-A Frisco (TX) Roughriders of the Texas League, and serves as that franchise's CEO and Managing Partner.

In November 2009, Chuck announced the formation of Greenberg Sports Group (GSG), which provides management, consulting and marketing services to the sports industry across the country. GSG also manages the overall operations of both the Spikes and Roughriders.

Well respected across baseball, Chuck has the distinguished honor of serving on the Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees, a position he was elected to in December 2007. The 12-person Board has exclusive power to determine policies and to enact rules and regulations for Minor League Baseball and its member clubs.

Among Chuck's additional leadership roles in the industry, he was recently named Co-Chairman of the Board of MiLB Enterprises, a new company that Chuck helped to form in order to launch an innovative national branding and marketing program called "Project Brand." Previously, he served on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO), which holds the digital media rights of its member Minor League Baseball clubs and leagues and partners in a strategic venture with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM). Chuck is also the past Chair of Minor League Baseball's Diversity Committee, where he was tapped for a leadership position by Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner in part for his success in attracting substantial minority investment to his ownership groups.

Chuck is the former Managing Partner & CEO of the Texas Rangers, a role he assumed in 2010 after his group of investors (Rangers Baseball Express, LLC), which included Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, acquired the Major League Baseball franchise from Tom Hicks and Hicks Sports Group following one of the most complex and challenging acquisition processes in the history of the sports industry.

His tenure as Rangers' Managing Partner & CEO was highlighted by the club winning the American League Pennant and reaching its first World Series in the history of the franchise. Off the field, Chuck spearheaded the development of an enhanced senior management staff, overhauled the fan experience at Rangers Ballpark, constructed and installed a new state-of-the-art video board, game entertainment control room and technological overhaul of Rangers Ballpark, and helped re-establish a sense of trust and excitement between the franchise and community. He was also the architect of a lucrative and landmark deal with Fox Sports Southwest that has since changed the landscape of regional television rights deals in professional sports.

Chuck's professional baseball career began in October 2001, when he led an ownership group which purchased the Double-A Eastern League's Altoona Curve. During his time as the Curve's President & Managing Partner (2002-08), the club set numerous single-game and season attendance records, continually re-invested private money into capital improvement projects at Blair County Ballpark, and helped the franchise gain national stature as one of the most creative and innovative teams in professional sports.

The Curve won the prestigious Larry MacPhail Promotional Award in 2004, the 2006 Baseball America Freitas Award as the top Double-A franchise and added the highest honor bestowed annually upon a Minor League Baseball club, the John H. Johnson President's Trophy, in 2006. Altoona became only the 11th franchise to receive all three major awards, and was the first team to accomplish the feat in less than three years.

The Pittsburgh native has a long and successful background as a practicing corporate and sports attorney, and currently serves as counsel with the globally-based law firm Reed Smith LLP. Prior to joining Reed Smith in 2010, Chuck was a Partner in the Pennsylvania-based law firm Pepper Hamilton, LLP, which he joined in 1998. He headed the firm's sports practice and was a member of its Executive Committee. Throughout his career, he has lent his expertise to the acquisition and sale of more than two dozen franchises in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse.

Among his work in the sports industry, Chuck was instrumental in helping put together the deal that landed a group led by National Hockey League Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux and renowned businessman Ron Burkle ownership of the bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999 and saved the franchise for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, he represented Lemieux, Burkle and the Penguins in successful negotiations with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County which resulted in a deal to build a brand-new, state-of-the-art arena in downtown Pittsburgh and secure the future of the Penguins in Pittsburgh for at least another 30 years.

Chuck has been featured in numerous articles and has made frequent television and radio appearances concerning the business and economics of sports, particularly regarding sports franchises and facilities. He has also been a frequent speaker and panelist at the annual National Sports Forum and Baseball Winter Meetings. In 2008, he was named to the Sports Business Research Advisory Board at Penn State University, representing team owners in the work of the Center for Sports Business Research, which focuses on the development of first-rate academic and applied empirical research in the sports industry while helping to define educational opportunities for students looking to start careers in sports business.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Mario Lemieux Foundation and is on the executive committee of the Mario Lemieux Celebrity Golf Invitational, which is held each June.

Chuck graduated from Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh in 1978 and four years later received his B.A. from Tufts University in Massachusetts. In 1985, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. Chuck has three adult sons, Jeff, Jack and Ben. Chuck makes his home in Westlake, Texas.


Jason Dambach President jdambach@statecollegespikes.com
Jason Dambach

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Jason Dambach assumed the dual roles of State College Spikes team President and Frisco RoughRiders Executive Vice President/General Manager in January 2015 after completing a six-year tenure as the second General Manager in Spikes history. He also served in the role of Spikes Vice President and rose to Senior Vice President in October 2012.

During his tenure as GM, the Spikes set numerous single-game total and walk-up attendance records, hosted the successful 2009 New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and earned the New York-Penn League's 2011 Vincent McNamara Outstanding Club Award and the 2013 Baseball America Freitas Award as the top franchise at the Class-A Short-Season level. Individually, Dambach was named the winner of the NYPL's 2012 Robert Stedler Executive of the Year Award and the 2010 Robert Julian Community & Baseball Service Award for his long-time service to the baseball industry and commitment to the community.

In his role as President, "JD" oversees the Spikes' financial and baseball operations and the club's front office staff. He also works closely with Greenberg Sports Group (GSG), which manages the Spikes, Myrtle Beach (SC) Pelicans and Frisco (TX) RoughRiders, on all major club decisions.

Dambach has been active throughout his career in Minor League Baseball and the New York-Penn League. He has served as the Vice Chair of the New York-Penn League Charitable Committee, and headed the league's Scholarship Program, which awards over $10,000 annually to graduating high school seniors from within the league's footprint. He is a past member of the league's Schedule Committee, and the BIRCO Content Committee, which is charged with representing the on-line content interests of all Minor League Baseball clubs who are members of the Major League Baseball Advanced Media (BAM) Network.

Prior to joining the Spikes, "JD" spent 10 seasons working in broadcasting and public relations with the Spikes former sister franchise, the Altoona Curve, from 1999 through the 2008 season. Most notably, he called over 1,000 games on radio during his decade with the Curve, and was the club's lead play-by-play voice from 2006-08. He also served as the team's Director of Communications from 2002-08. His role as Director of Communications included working closely with the Spikes from their inception, overseeing the team's broadcasting, media relations, publications and brand identity.

A native of Punxsutawney, PA and graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, Dambach is a 1999 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Communication.

Jason and his wife Erica, the head women's soccer coach at Penn State, were married in January 2016.


Scott Walker General Manager swalker@statecollegespikes.com

Scott Walker

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Bellefonte native Scott Walker was named the third General Manager in State College Spikes history in January 2015 after previously serving as the club's Vice President of Sales. In his role, Scott is responsible for the Spikes' day-to-day business, financial and baseball operations and overseeing the club's front office staff.

Walker has led the Spikes' sales efforts since 2011, during which time the club has set numerous single-game attendance records and fostered strong relationships within the State College community and in communities across Central PA.

Scott joined the Spikes staff in January 2009 as the team's Director of Group Sales. He later was promoted to the positions of Director of Ticket Sales and Director of Corporate Sales before becoming Vice President of Sales in September 2012.

He serves the Centre Region as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Marketing Committee for Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau. Scott also devotes time to helping spearhead Sponsorship Sales as Co-Chair for Coaches vs. Cancer of Penn State, and is proud to be a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Centre County.

Prior to coming to State College, Scott spent two seasons with the Altoona Curve from 2007-08. He broke into professional baseball during the 2007 season as a Box Office Intern for the Curve and was elevated to a full-time ticket sales associate in 2008.

Scott is a 2007 graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in sports administration.

He is a native of Pleasant Gap, PA and graduated from Bellefonte Area High School in 2002. Scott enjoys spending time with his two sons, Radley and Braxten. he also plays basketball in his spare time, and his numerous accomplishments on the court include contributing to the Spikes hoops squad's BEA Adult Men's Basketball League championship. Scott also has the distinction of being the only two-time champion of the office Fantasy Football League championship, winning titles in 2010 and 2015, which he says counts as a dynasty.


Dan Petrazzolo Assistant General Manager of Operations dpetrazzolo@statecollegespikes.com

Dan Petrazzolo

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Dan Petrazzolo serves as the Spikes' Assistant General Manager of Operations, a position he was promoted to in January 2015. Previously, Dan served as the Director of Ballpark Operations for the Spikes and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park since the Fall of 2006. He is in charge of all operational policies and procedures and works closely with Penn State University on all facets of the ballpark, including cleaning and preventative maintenance.

Additionally, Dan serves as the club liaison for the team's Major League Baseball affiliate, the St. Louis Cardinals, including overseeing all clubhouse operations for the Spikes, handling player equipment and uniforms, managing clubhouse personnel, and working with the major league affiliate's coaching and player development staffs. He also serves as the liasion between the Spikes and Penn State's baseball staff.

Prior to coming to State College, Dan worked as Director of Operations with the Atlantic City Surf of the independent Atlantic League. While working for the Surf, the New Jersey native was named one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by Atlantic City Weekly.

Dan currently resides in Bellefonte with his fiancee and two girls, and is a graduate of West Virginia University (where he claims to have never burned any couches). One of his special talents is his encyclopedic knowledge of professional wrestling from the mid-1980s to current. In fact, his "Macho Dan" character has been entertaining fans at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for many years.


SALES

Mike Frissore Director of Ticket Sales mfrissore@statecollegespikes.com

MikeFrissore

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Mike Frissore joined the Spikes as the Director of Ticket Sales in January 2017. In his role as Director of Ticket Sales, Mike is responsible for leading the club's package and group sales efforts.

Mike brings his fair share of Minor League Baseball experience to Central PA, having most recently served as Ticket Sales Manager at the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League in 2016.

Prior to his time in New Hampshire, Mike served as an Account Executive for the South Bend Cubs, the Single-A affiliate of the 2016 World Series champions in South Bend, Indiana. Mike's time with the club, in fact, stretched back to when they were known as the South Bend Silver Hawks. The Silver Hawks/Cubs franchise rose to incredible new heights during his three years on staff, and Mike is hoping to help Spikes fans to experience the same heights here in Central PA.

Mike began his Minor League Baseball career as an intern with one of the Spikes' sister franchises under the Greenberg Sports Group umbrella, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

A native of Wilmington, Massachusetts, Mike earned his degree in Sports Management from Salem State University. Mike is a huge fan of Boston sports teams, particularly the Red Sox and Celtics, and also counts NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell among his least favorite people.

In his free time, Mike likes to go on drives with his fiancée to explore new places and cities, something he is looking forward to doing often here in "Happy Valley."


Ryan Fleck Sponsorship & Ticket Account Executive rfleck@statecollegespikes.com

Ryan Fleck

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Ryan Fleck joined the Spikes as a Sponsorship and Ticket Account Executive in 2016. In his role, Ryan is responsible for forging business relationships and presenting ticket partnership opportunities to individuals and businesses in the area, as well as maintaining existing team relationships with fans and businesses across Central PA.

A Port Matilda native and Bald Eagle Area High School alum, Ryan brings over a decade of sales experience to the organization, having served in similar roles with Joel Confer Ford, Comcast Spotlight, and, most recently, with McLanahan's in downtown State College.

Ryan earned his degree in Advertising Art from Penn College in Williamsport, PA. He currently resides in Lemont, and enjoys painting, drawing and playing guitar when not at the ballpark.


Brittany Ferrizzi Ticket Account Executive bferrizzi@statecollegespikes.com

Brittany Ferrizi

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Brittany Ferrizzi joined the Spikes' staff in April 2016 as a Ticket Account Executive. In her role, Brittany is primarily focused on sales of season tickets, groups, and other hospitality and experience packages.

A native of Emmaus, PA, Brittany graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in Sports Administration. After beginning her baseball career as an intern for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2013 and 2014, she served as a full-time intern for the Reading Fightin Phils in 2015, acquiring experience in all facets of the organization.

Before joining the Spikes, Brittany also served as an Account Executive with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League.

When she's not at the ballpark, Brittany enjoys hanging with family and friends, and watching her favorite Netflix and HBO TV shows. A devoted fan of Penn State football and the Philadelphia Phillies, Brittany is also an animal lover with two dogs.


Seth English Ticket Account Executive senglish@statecollegespikes.com

Seth English

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Seth English joined the Spikes' full-time staff as a Ticket Account Executive in September 2016. Seth began his Spikes career as a Ticket Sales Associate in the spring of 2016, and moved up to Senior Ticket Associate in the summer of the 2016 before assuming his current position.

In his role as a Ticket Account Executive, Seth's primary focus is on sales of season tickets, groups and other hospitality and experience packages.

A native of Columbia, SC, Seth graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning his bachelor's degree in Sport and Entertainment Management in the spring of 2016.

In his free time. Seth enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and listening to music with his cat Snoop. When not rooting for the Spikes, Seth roots for the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins.


Taylor Young Ticket Account Executive tyoung@statecollegespikes.com

Taylor Young

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Taylor joined the Spikes' front office staff as a Ticket Account Executive in November 2016. In his role as a Ticket Account Executive, Taylor's primary focus is on sales of season tickets, groups and other hospitality and experience packages.

Originally from Hartford, CT, Taylor started his career with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League as a ticket sales associate in 2014. Following his time there, Taylor he headed south to serve as a ticket sales representative for the Orange Bowl Committee as a ticket sales representative in 2015.

While he was born in Connecticut, Taylor grew up in Maryland and West Virginia. He attended St. James School in Hagerstown, MD where he played football and wrestled. Taylor was then recruited to play NCAA Division III football at Wittenberg University, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management. In 2014, Taylor completed his master's degree in sport management from WVU.

In his free time, he enjoys going to the movies, fly fishing, traveling and exploring new places, as well as watching television with his dog Gracie. Taylor is a very passionate Pittsburgh Steelers, WVU Mountaineers, and New York Yankees, and counts Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med as his favorite TV shows.


ACCOUNTING

Karen Mahon Accounting Manager kmahon@statecollegespikes.com

Karen Mahon

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Karen Mahon, the Spikes' Accounting Manager, joined the team in February 2009. She handles all accounting for the team, and oversees all budgeting operations and compliance.

She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years in the private and public accounting sectors.

A native of Kingston, PA, Karen graduated from King's College in Wilkes-Barre with a bachelor's degree in Accounting.

Married with two daughters, Karen currently lives in State College and enjoys watching her girls' lacrosse games.


Stephen Christ Manager of Box Office & Business Operations schrist@statecollegespikes.com

Stephen Christ

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Steve Christ joined the Spikes as an Accounting & Box Office Specialist in May 2012, and became Manager of Box Office & Business Operations in 2016. In his role, Steve assists in all club accounting and ticket reporting functions, while also overseeing the operation of the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park Box Office.

A native of Newark, Delaware, Steve graduated from Salesianum High School before heading North to attend UMass Amherst, where he earned degrees in both Accounting and Sport Management.

While at UMass, he served as team manager for the men's basketball team for three years under head coach Derek Kellogg. Highlights of his tenure with the Minutemen included traveling with the team to TD Bank Garden, home of the Boston Celtics, as well as to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in 2011 and Madison Square Garden in New York City for the 2012 NIT Final Four.

In his free time, Steve enjoys playing basketball and golf, watching sports, and hanging out with friends and family. He is an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Orioles, and UMass and University of Maryland basketball.


SPORTS TURF MANAGEMENT

Matt Neri Senior Sports Turf Manager mneri@statecollegespikes.com

Matt Neri

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Matt Neri is the only Sports Turf Manager Medlar Field at Lubrano Park has ever known, having joined the Spikes prior to the team's inaugural 2006 campaign. In addition to maintaining a Major League quality playing surface for the Spikes season, Matt also oversees the sports turf operations for all Penn State University baseball games and other field activities held at the ballpark.

Matt is a three-time winner of the New York-Penn League's Groundskeeper of the Year Award, including back-to-back honors following both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He also earned the award in 2006, giving him three NYPL Groundskeeper of the Year honors in the span of six seasons.

Matt has been involved in professional baseball sports turf management since 2002, when he began his career with the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League assisting in overseeing the sports turf operations at Blair County Ballpark. While with the Curve, Matt was part of two E.L. Field of the Year awards.

Originally from Williamsburg, PA, Matt currently resides in Warriors Mark with his wife Christy and two children, Liliana and Anthony. The family also includes a black lab named Duke, who may or may not be part Tasmanian Devil.


FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Anthony Sforza Director of Food and Beverage asforza@statecollegespikes.com

Anthony Sforza

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Anthony Sforza became the Director of Food and Beverage at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in September 2015 after serving as the Concessions Manager during the 2015 season. In his role as Director of Food and Beverage, he manages all ballpark concessions and catering operations and works closely with the Spikes staff to execute all non-game day events and other group hospitality options.

Anthony came to the Spikes after working in food and beverage for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, in 2014-15. He also worked in baseball with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, in 2013 and 2014. Anthony began his professional sports career in 2012 with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

A native of Reeders, PA in the Poconos, Anthony graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Sports Management.

In his free time, Anthony enjoys rooting for the New York Yankees and New York Giants, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends.


GAME ENTERTAINMENT

Ben Love Director of Promotions and In-Game Entertainment blove@statecollegespikes.com

Ben Love

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Ben Love was promoted to the role of Director of Promotions and In-Game Entertainment in January 2014. Ben coordinates the Spikes' promotional efforts, and is in charge of the audio and video production and game entertainment implementation for all Medlar Field at Lubrano Park events, including Spikes and Penn State Baseball home games. He joined the Spikes front office team in January 2013 in the role of Producer of In-Game Entertainment.

Ben came to the Spikes after spending the 2012 season working within the production and entertainment department for the Great Lakes Loons, the Class-A Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers located in Midland, Michigan.

He also has previous experience in video production and game entertainment while an undergrad at Central Michigan University, where earned a degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. While at CMU, he was a producer and director for Moore Hall Television Sports coverage of the school's Division I athletics program, known as the Chippewas.

Ben is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Forest Hills Central High School, where he wrestled and played lacrosse. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, camping and watching his younger brothers wrestle and play soccer. He also enjoys rooting for Central Michigan and University of Michigan athletics, as well as the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and, yes, the Lions.


COMMUNICATIONS

Joe Putnam Manager of Communications jputnam@statecollegespikes.com

Joe Putnam

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Joe has served as a play-by-play radio broadcaster and handled media relations for the State College Spikes since 2008. He and Steve Jones will be entering their ninth season together on the Spikes Radio Network.

In his role as Manager of Communications, Joe oversees all baseball information, coordinates press box operations and serves as the club's liaison with the local, regional and national media. He also serves as Editor of the Spikes Illustrated game day program and the Spikes official team website, StateCollegeSpikes.com. Joe also provides support to the club's sponsorship sales efforts.

A native of Bellefonte, PA, Joe graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. While at Syracuse, Joe worked at WAER-FM, hosting pre-game and post-game shows for the station's coverage of Orange football, men's basketball, and men's lacrosse games. Joe also hosted the weekly magazine show "Sportsnight" on WAER, which won the Syracuse Press Club award for Best Sports Radio Show in the market in 2005.

After graduation, Joe worked for the Auburn Doubledays as assistant director of broadcasting and media relations, and was on the mic when the Doubledays won the 2007 New York-Penn League title. He added another NYPL title call in 2014, when the Spikes brought home their first championship in franchise history, and completed a hat trick with the Spikes' 2016 NYPL championship.

During the offseason, Joe has been the play-by-play man for WHVL-TV's high school football "Game of the Week" since 2009, and has also called high school basketball and wrestling for the station. Joe also serves as public address announcer for Penn State women's basketball, lacrosse and baseball.

For the 2015 season, Joe became the sideline reporter for Penn State football radio broadcasts, joining Steve Jones, Jack Ham, and Roger Corey on the broadcast team. Joe has also served as a fill-in play-by-play broadcaster with Dick Jerardi on Penn State men's basketball broadcasts.

Prior to joining the Spikes, Joe also appeared twice on the ESPN sports trivia game show "Stump the Schwab."


OFF THE RACK OUTFITTERS

Julie Henry Off the Rack Outfitters Team Store Manager jhenry@statecollegespikes.com

Julie Henry

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Julie Henry joined the Spikes front office staff as Off the Rack Outfitters Store Manager in 2009. In her current role, she is responsible for the operation of the merchandise store along with overseeing the Kids Zone area.

Prior to joining the Spikes front office, Julie worked in the Kids Zone during the inaugural season in 2006 and moved to the store for the 2007 and 2008 seasons before being promoted to her current position.

Julie is from Lewistown and graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a degree in elementary education. At Penn State, she was a member of the club field hockey team and actively involved in THON, having the opportunity to dance in 2008.

In addition to her duties with the Spikes, Julie guides young people on a daily basis during the school year as a fourth-grade teacher at Indian Valley Intermediate School. Away from the ballpark and the classroom, Julie enjoys rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers along with Penn State. She also enjoys reading, skiing, and spending time with her family.