Shuckers Front Office
Hunter enters his third season with the Shuckers and second 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.
Trevor begins his fifth season with the Shuckers and second 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.
Lisa begins her fifth season with the Shuckers and second 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.
A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Ricky brings 25 years of sales experience to the Shuckers in his first season with the organization. Born and raised in Moss Point, MS, Ricky also volunteers his time along the Gulf Coast, serving as an equipment manager for both baseball and football at Saint Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, while also working as the Director of Officiating for the annual Bernand Blackwell All-Star Football Classic.
Ricky graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Education and served as a student equipment manager in football and baseball during his time in Starkville. In his spare time, he enjoys watching baseball and football, traveling each summer to take in games in the Cape Cod League. His favorite teams include Mississippi State and LSU, along with the New England Patriots.
He currently resides in Gulfport with his wife of 18 years, Sandi, and their two sons, Keaton and Kameron.
Allan is entering his eighth season in Minor League Baseball and fifth with the Shuckers. He began as a Ticket Sales Executive with the Shuckers then served as the Box Office Manager before becoming the Director of Ticket Operations. 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.
Stephanie begins her fourth season in Minor League Baseball and second 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.
Kory begins his first season with the Shuckers in 2019. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Kory has previous experience in baseball, working for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Corporate Sales and Service. He most recently worked in Team Sales and New Business Development for Pure Hockey, and has also worked for the Columbus Blue Jackets in Inside Sales.
He earned degrees in Sports Management and Marketing at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh while also playing on the men's ice hockey team. Kory's interest include ice hockey, golf, pumping iron, woodworking, watching true crime shows, reading and finding the best spot for tacos in every location he visits. His favorite teams include the Arsenal, Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2019 will be Layton's third season with the Shuckers and second as a Ticket Sales Executive. Prior 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.
2019 will be Racheal's first season with the Biloxi Shuckers and her first season in Minor League Baseball.
Prior to the Shuckers, Racheal worked for ALSAC/ St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a Field Operations Intern. Racheal is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated with a degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration. She is originally from Ft. Worth, Texas.
In her free time, Racheal enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, exploring her new home on the Gulf Coast and watching any episode of Law and Order. Her favorite sports teams are the Oklahoma Sooners and the Atlanta Braves.
Community Relations & Outreach/Promotions
Kelsey Thompson joined the Shuckers in January 2019 after spending the past seven seasons with the Houston Astros organization. She spent 2012-2017 with the Greeneville Astros as a promotions intern, Sales Account Executive, and Assistant General Manager before working as the Senior Manager of Premium Sales and Services for the Corpus Christi Hooks for the 2018 season.
Kelsey graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Science in Economics and History. She grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida before moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is the middle child of three with an older sister, Kirsten, and younger brother, Steven.
In her free time, Kelsey enjoys cooking, watching bad reality TV, and spending time with her yorkie, Henry. She has dreams to one day own a pet mini pig named Petunia.
Dustin joins the Shuckers after spending the last year and a half working at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the spring training home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Prior to working in Florida, Dustin spent 2016 & 2017 working with the Greeneville Astros in the Appalachian League, serving as a Group Sales Executive, operations assistant and customer service intern in his two seasons with Greeneville.
A native of Wellington, FL, Dustin attended Florida International University in Miami and received his Bachelors of Science in Recreation & Sports Management in 2014. He also received his Master of Science in Recreation & Sports Management in 2016 while minoring in Business & Hospitality Studies. While at FIU, Dustin worked for the FIU Athletics marketing department.
In his spare time, Dustin enjoys playing golf, watching baseball and exploring new restaurants. Dustin is a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks and Tottenham Hotspur.
Jourdan enters her fourth season with the Shuckers and first as Promotions Manager. 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.
Katy joins the Shuckers for the 2019 season as part of the promotions team after recently interning with the University of South Alabama athletics department in Fall 2018. She is currently finishing up a master's degree in Sport Management from Jacksonville State University.
Katy received a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from JSU, where she was also a member of the JSU Marching Southerners drumline for four years, along with working as the campus photographer student worker and graduate assistant. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Her favorite teams are the JSU Gamecocks, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Eagles.
In her spare time, Katy enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her husband!
Barry 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!
Garrett returns for a second season as 'The Voice of the Shuckers,' after starting with Biloxi in 2018. He has previous experience in the Brewers systems, working as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Advanced-Rookie Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League in 2017. His first experience with professional baseball came with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association.
Garrett graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a Bachelor of Journalism. He began calling games for the University of Texas softball team as a sophomore and transitioned to calling high school and D-III baseball. Following graduation he stayed in the Austin area, working for 104.9 The Horn as a host, producer and audio engineer while calling Texas high school football, baseball and basketball.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing golf and disc golf and watching sports. His favorite sports teams are the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and, across the pond, Manchester United.
Andrew enters his first season with the Shuckers in 2019 as a part of the broadcast and media relations team. He began his professional baseball career in 2018 as a Broadcast and Media Assistant for the Class-A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League.
Andrew graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2017. While enrolled, covered ASU baseball, softball, football, soccer and men's & women's basketball for The Blaze student radio station along with PAC-12 Digital Networks. He is originally from Stockton, California. His favorite teams are the Sundevils, Atlanta Braves and Sacramento Kings.
On an off day, Andrew enjoy's golfing, working out, reading and trying new resturants.
Stephanie joins the Shuckers for the 2019 season after recently graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Art and Media Studies. While at DU, she worked with the Creative Services and broadcast teams for DU athletics.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stephanie enjoys playing basketball, going to baseball games, spending time in the art studio and hanging out with family and friends. Her favorite teams are the DU Pioneers, Miami Dolphins and the Colorado Rockies.
Megan begins her sixth season in Minor League Baseball and third 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. She worked for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club for three season, and spent her last season there as the Merchandise Assistant Manager.
Megan is very excited to still be living in the south and near plenty of ocean once again.
Kennedy returns after a brief, yearlong stint on the DL for his 4th season with the Shuckers. Three years and eight phone-calling elbow surgeries later he decided to make a switch from Ticket Sales Executive to Stadium Operations Manager.
Kennedy received his B.A. in History from the University of South Alabama, where he played for the Jaguars football team from '11 - '13. He also received his M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Southern Miss. A Coast native, he calls Gulfport home.
In his free time he enjoys watching sports, grilling, and playing with his cats.
Quince starts his third year with the Shuckers and second as the head groundskeeper. Quince is a graduate of LSU where he earned a B.S. in Plant and Soil Systems with a concentration in Turf Management. A native of Lake Charles, LA, he spent his entire time at LSU in the turf management program, aiding in the maintenance of the Skip Bertman Field at Alex Box Stadium, Tigers Stadium, the LSU football practice fields, softball fields and soccer fields.
Along with his involvement at LSU, Quince worked as a member of the grounds crew at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Green Bay Packers. He also spent a summer as a part of the grounds crew for the Texas Rangers, learning from Dennis Klein, who has been the head groundskeeper at Globe Life Park since May 2006.
In his free time, Quince enjoy hunting and spending time with his family.
Teal enters his second season as the assistant to the head groundskeeper Quince Landry. He is a chocolate lab that helps by riding along on the mower as Quince cuts the grass and running through the sprinklers to make sure they are functioning properly.
Teal's hobby is fetch. He always has a ball in his mouth or close by, and is happy to drop it at the feet of front office staff, players and anyone he meets with the hope that they will throw it for him to retrieve!
Debbie will work alongside the Shuckers front office staff in 2019 in a new role as the Spectra General Manager. She spent the last seven years as Office Manager for Spectra Food Services at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center and has spent the summer months at MGM Park each of the last four years. Overall, she has 30 years of experience as a Regional Human Resource Manager and General Manager in the Hotel, Food and Hospitality Industry.
She was born in Atlanta, GA and graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Debbie has two sons, Jeremy and Jason, and a beautiful granddaughter, Alanna, who live in Birmingham.
Born on Deer Island on June 6, 2015, was a seagull named Schooner. Schooner was a bird that loved MGM Park.His first ever flying experience was an event at MGM Park. He and his family constantly flew over the ballpark during games, watching the Shuckers win in exciting fashion.
Schooner became friends with the members of the Biloxi Shuckers front office staff and expressed his concerns with the team. He said he couldn't always fly over to inspire comebacks. Following his talk with the staff, Schooner began vigorous training all over the Mississippi Gulf Coast to become the Shuckers official mascot; he never wanted to miss a home game again!
Schooner starts each and every day with a balanced breakfast of blue wahoo and biscuits before taking on the most fun job in baseball, hanging out with his favorite fans to cheer on the team and dancing with his Schooners squad!