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Front Office Staff

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OWNERSHIP / MANAGEMENT

Ken Young President

Hunter Reed General Manager

Hunter ReedHunter enters his second season with the Shuckers and first as General Manager. Prior to joining the Shuckers, he worked 12 seasons for the Appalachian League's Greeneville Astros and 10 as the Assistant General Manager. His duties for the Astros included gameday production, in-game promotions, maintaining the team website, online store orders, media relations, layout of the official game program, coordinating player appearances, and assisting with group and corporate sales.

Previously, Hunter served as the Director of Marketing and Media Relations for the Astros during 2006 and worked as an operations assistant during the 2005 season. Hunter's experience included the classroom, serving as adjunct faculty at East Tennessee State University, teaching Sport Marketing and Public Relations courses.

During Hunter's time in Greeneville, the Astros were awarded the Appalachian League Promotional Award of Excellence from 2007-2009; Baseball America's Bob Freitas Award (Short Season) in 2008 and the Appalachian League Community Service Award in 2016. The Astros took home the Appalachian League Championship during the 2015 season.

Hunter received his B.S. (2001) and M.A. (2005) in Sport Management from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. He was active in the community, which included serving as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville. Hunter and his wife Sabrina are each natives of East Tennessee.

Email: hreed@biloxishuckers.com

 


Trevor Matifes Assistant General Manager

Trevor MatifesTrevor begins his fourth season with the Shuckers and first as Assistant General Manager. Trevor has been with the Shuckers from the beginning, serving as Director of Stadium Operations from 2015-2017. Trevor was integral to the opening of MGM Park in 2015 and with the Shuckers day-to-day operations of the facility. Prior to the Shuckers, Trevor served as the Stadium Operations Assistant with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, where he assisted the Facility Manager with the general upkeep of Pensacola Bayfront Stadium along with managing the game day staff. He also spent a year working for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.

Trevor graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a sport management degree and is originally from Alton, Illinois. In his free time, he enjoys watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family. His favorite sports teams are the Cardinals, Rams and Blues.

Email: tmatifes@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @TMatifes

OUTREACH

Barry Lyons Team Ambassador

Barry LyonsBarry Lyons was born and raised in Biloxi, MS and achieved his childhood dream of becoming a Major League Baseball Player. Barry is a 1978 graduate of Biloxi High School and a 1984 graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

Barry was drafted by the New York Mets in 1982 and enjoyed a fourteen-year professional baseball career as a catcher and first baseman. He was a member of the 1986 World Series Champion Mets and played seven seasons in Major League Baseball with the Mets, Dodgers, Angels, and White Sox.

After retiring in 1996, Barry was a Manager for three years in Minor League Baseball, two of which were with the Charleston Alley Cats, a Cincinnati Reds Class A affiliate in Charleston, WV. He later served as a television and radio broadcaster for three years with the Nashville Sounds, a Class AAA Minor League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in Nashville, TN.

In 2002, Barry chose to move back home to Biloxi, MS with the goal of leading the effort to bring Minor League Baseball to his beloved hometown of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Barry has organized, coached, and directed numerous Baseball instructional clinics, camps, teams, and leagues as well as having taught individual private hitting and catching lessons for the past thirty years.

Barry's Faith in God, his love of his family and his hometown, and his passion for the great game of Baseball is undeniable and his commitment to fulfilling his adulthood dream of leading the effort to bring Minor League Baseball to Biloxi has come to fruition!
Email: cbirch@biloxishuckers.com


SALES AND MARKETING

Chris Birch Business Development Manager

Chris BirchChris will be entering his third season with the Shuckers in 2017. Chris was recently awarded the Southern League's inaugural Patriot Award for his work with local military. He led team efforts to strengthen the bond between the Shuckers and military initiatives.

Prior to the Shuckers, Chris worked in professional hockey for eight years. He moved to the Gulf Coast in 2005 and joined the Sea Wolves (ECHL). When the organization ceased operations due to damages sustained by Hurricane Katrina, Birch relocated to Chicago, Illinois and joined the sales and sponsorship efforts of the Chicago Wolves (AHL). Chris returned to Mississippi in 2006 to help rebuild professional hockey on the coast. He served as Chief Operating Officer and later team President through the transition of the Sea Wolves to the Mississippi Surge (SPHL).

Chris graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in sports management from the College of Health and Human Performance. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, he lives in Gulfport with his family.

Email: cbirch@biloxishuckers.com


Allan Lusk Box Office Manager

Allan LuskAllan is entering his seventh season in Minor League Baseball and fourth with the Shuckers. He began as a Ticket Sales Executive with the Shuckers before becoming Box Office Manager. Prior to the Shuckers, Allan served as a Customer Service/Ticket Office Representative with the Corpus Christi Hooks where he focused on ticket sales and operations. He also worked with the Bowling Green Hot Rods as the Ticket Operations Assistant. His career began as the Assistant Director of Tickets and Group Sales with the Kinston Indians in 2011.

Allan graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Sports Studies with a minor in Business Administration and is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys going to other sporting events, fishing, and lounging on the beach. His favorite sport teams are the East Carolina Pirates, NC State Wolfpack, Atlanta Braves, and Carolina Panthers.

Email: alusk@biloxishuckers.com


Layton Markwood Ticket Sales Executive

Layton MarkwoodPrior to the Shuckers, Layton served as an Event Logistics Intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he did whatever was needed to improve the fan experience. He also spent time working in the live concert industry with Live Nation Entertainment and Music Farm.

Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Layton graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management in May of 2016. In his free time, he enjoys kicking back to music, playing and watching sports, and exploring. His favorite sports teams are the Ravens, Orioles, Gamecocks, and Wizards.

Email: lmarkwood@biloxishuckers.com


Deven Matthews Ticket Sales Executive

Deven MatthewsDeven is entering his 3rd season with the Biloxi Shuckers as a Ticket Sales Executive. Prior to the Shuckers, Deven served as an Athletic Marketing Assistant with Southern Miss Sports Marketing. Deven graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Sport Management degree and is originally from Ocean Springs, MS.

Deven is a former collegiate athlete and enjoys playing basketball, collecting shoes, and watching ESPN. His favorite sports teams are Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Texans, and the Biloxi Shuckers.

Email: dmatthews@biloxishuckers.com


Stephanie Chapman Ticket Sales Executive

Stephanie ChapmanStephanie begins her third season in Minor League Baseball, but her first season with the Shuckers. She previously was an account executive with the Mobile BayBears.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a degree in sport management, and is from St. Louis, MO. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors and visiting different MLB stadiums each year. Her favorite sports teams are the St.Louis Cardinals and the Blues.

Email: schapman@biloxishuckers.com


Raven Boyd Box Office & Sales Trainee

Stephanie begins her third season in Minor League Baseball, but her first season with the Shuckers. She previously was an account executive with the Mobile BayBears.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a degree in sport management, and is from St. Louis, MO. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors and visiting different MLB stadiums each year. Her favorite sports teams are the St.Louis Cardinals and the Blues.

Email: rboyd@biloxishuckers.com


COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Jenifer Truong Community Relations & Promotions Manager

Jenifer TruongJenifer is entering her fourth season with the Shuckers and second as Community Relations & Promotions Manager. She served as Sales and Marketing Coordinator her first two seasons. Jenifer serves as a board member for Biloxi Main Street. Prior to the Shuckers, she spent three years working with the men's basketball team at Southern Mississippi. She created brochures and flyers for camps, clinics, and events, assisted with team travel, and coordinated ball kids.

Jenifer graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in sport management, and is from Pass Christian, MS. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to different places, spending time at the beach, playing with her dogs Trixie, Ellie, Blaze and Prince.

Email: jtruong@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @JeniferTruong

Ally Reid Community Relations & Promotions Trainee

Stephanie begins her third season in Minor League Baseball but this will be her first season with the Shuckers. She previously was an account executive with the Mobile BayBears.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a degree in sport management, and is from St. Louis, MO. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors and visiting different MLB stadiums each year. Her favorite sports teams are the St.Louis Cardinals and the Blues.

Email: areid@biloxishuckers.com


RETAIL OPERATIONS

Megan Ondrey Retail Manager

Megan OndreyMegan begins her fifth season in Minor League Baseball and second with the Shuckers. Megan is originally from Long Island, New York and still cheers for the Mets and the Jets every season.

She attended Methodist University in North Carolina and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Sport Management. For the past three years she has worked for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club and spent last season as the Merchandise Assistant Manager.

To continue her love of sports she spent last off season working with the Carolina Hurricanes in the merchandise department as well as concerts like Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones.

Megan is very excited to still be living in the south and near plenty of ocean once again.

Email: mondrey@biloxishuckers.com

 


COMMUNICATIONS

Chris Harris Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting

Chris HarrisChris will be entering his 10th season in Minor League Baseball in 2018 and fourth with the Shuckers. Prior to the Shuckers, Chris served as Vice President of Communications and Broadcaster for the Jackson Generals for six seasons, earning his first SL Broadcaster of the Year award in 2013. Chris appeared numerous times on Seattle Mariners' spring training broadcasts and also broadcasted regular season games in 2013. Chris led PR efforts for the Shuckers' move into MGM Park after a 54-game road trip in 2015 and oversaw the national coverage of the historic beginning of the franchise. Chris was once again recognized by the Southern in 2017, being awarded SL Broadcaster of the Year for the second time.
Chris graduated from Bethel University with a business management degree in 2007 and is originally from Lexington, Tennessee. Chris began his college baseball career at Motlow State CC in Tennessee. Chris still sits high among the Tennesssee high school baseball record book, ranking second in career RBI's with 208, fourth in home runs with 48 and sixth in batting average at .469. over his career at Jackson (TN) Christian.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, watching sports and playing basketball and golf. His favorite sports teams are the University of Memphis Tigers, Memphis Grizzlies and his fantasy football team.

Chris' first job in baseball was for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in 2009 as Manager of Media Relations and Broadcasting.

Email: charris@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @CHarris731

 


Amy Johnson Creative Services & Production Manager

Amy JohnsonAmy is entering her fifth season in Minor League Baseball and third with the Shuckers. She oversees the creative department of the Shuckers, including the video production and graphic design efforts, along with game entertainment and presentation. Amy began her baseball career in Texas with the Corpus Christi Hooks, where she started out as a Video Production intern and later became the Video Production Coordinator. Amy primarily produced, shot and edited a monthly television show for the team, along with contributing her creative efforts to the videoboard with video and motion graphics.

Born and raised in Round Rock, Texas, Amy is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Journalism with a focus in sports and broadcast. While in Austin, she spent more time at UFCU Disch-Faulk Field cheering on the horns than she spent in class.

Away from MGM Park, Amy enjoys spending her time outside running and playing with dogs, or checking out local breweries and concerts.

Email: ajohnson@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @johnson_amy14

STADIUM OPERATIONS / TURF MANAGEMENT

Will Lairamore Head Groundskeeper

Will LairamorePrior to the Shuckers, Will served as the Athletic Turf Supervisor at the USA Stadium in Millington, TN, where he was responsible for the upkeep of USA Stadium grounds along with four city recreational baseball and softball fields. He also spent five years working for Middle Tennessee State University baseball, being responsible for complete maintenance and upkeep of the MTSU baseball field and complex. Will also served as a grounds intern for the Double-A Jackson Generals in 2013 and Triple-A Louisville Bats.

Will graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Business and is originally from Maryville, TN. Will and his wife Melanie were married this past October and now reside in Biloxi. In his free time, he enjoys watching football on the weekend, playing basketball and hanging out with his gorgeous wife and beagle, Brewer. His favorite sports teams are the Milwaukee Brewers, Tennessee Titans and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

Email: wlairamore@biloxishuckers.com

 


Quince Landry Assistant Head Groundskeeper

Jim Dolan Home Clubhouse Manager

Tyler Berrens Stadium Operations Trainee

Stephanie begins her third season in Minor League Baseball but this will be her first season with the Shuckers. She previously was an account executive with the Mobile BayBears.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a degree in sport management, and is from St. Louis, MO. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors and visiting different MLB stadiums each year. Her favorite sports teams are the St.Louis Cardinals and the Blues.

Email: tberrens@biloxishuckers.com


Spectra by Comcast Spectacor

Mike Brulatour General Manager

Mike BrulatourMike enters his third season with the Shuckers. Prior to joining the Shuckers, Mike served as Ovations General Manager for Autozone Park and the Memphis Redbirds. Over the years Mike has seen his signature ballpark favorites featured on The Food Network and Rachael Ray's Ballpark Cafe.

You are certain to find something delicious at MGM Park. Mike claims to of invented the peanut - who are we to argue.

Email: mike.brulatour@ovationsfs.com


Bob Barlow Chef

ADMINISTRATION

Lisa Turner Accounting & Human Resources Manager

Lisa TurnerLisa begins her fourth season with the Shuckers and first as Accounting and Human Resources Manager. Prior to the Shuckers, Lisa spent 19 years in Healthcare Administration.

Lisa graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College with an Associate's degree in science and is originally from Gulfport (Orange Grove Area).

In her free time, she enjoys Florida beach trips, painting, and time with family and friends. Her favorite sports teams are Ole Miss softball and The Brew Crew. Lisa would like to give a shout out to her two children Katelyn Turner and Matthew Turner, both of whom serve in the National Guard with the 1108th TASMG.

Email: lturner@biloxishuckers.com


Jourdan Natale Administrative Assistant

Jourdan enters her third season with the Shuckers. She graduated from MGCCC with an Associate of Arts Degree and is originally from Gulfport, Mississippi.

In her free time she enjoys playing softball, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Her favorite sports are fast pitch softball and baseball.

This is Jourdan's first career in baseball and she is excited to be making history with the Biloxi Shuckers.

Email: jnatale@biloxishuckers.com