The Biloxi Shuckers have announced new titles for three existing staff members and welcome the addition of nine new names to the front office for the 2019 season.
Ricky Cunningham joins the Shuckers as the new Director of Sales, bringing 25 years of sales experience to Biloxi. A native of Moss Point, MS, Cunningham graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Education.
In a new role for 2019, Allan Lusk will serve as the Director of Ticket Operations after working as the team's Box Office Manager. A graduate of East Carolina University, Lusk began his career in minor league baseball during the 2011 season with the Kinston Indians. He also worked in Bowling Green and Corpus Christi prior to joining the Shuckers in 2014.
Also joining the Shuckers sales team in 2019 is Ticket Sales Executive, Kory DuMond, and Box Office Coordinator, Racheal Prosise. 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. 2019 will be Racheal's first season working in Minor League Baseball following her graduation from the University of Oklahoma. She previously spent time at ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a Field Operations Intern.
Kelsey Thompson arrives in Biloxi as the new Community Relations Manager, beginning her eighth season in professional baseball. 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.
Jourdan Natale begins her fourth season with the Shuckers in a new position as Promotions Manager. She graduated from MGCCC with an Associate of Arts Degree and is originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. An addition to the promotions team, Katy Nowak joins the Shuckers as a Promotions Trainee. While working in Biloxi, Katy is currently finishing a master's degree in Sport Management from Jacksonville State University.
A familiar face in Biloxi, Kennedy Helms rejoins the Shuckers in 2019 as the Stadium Operations Manager. Helms spent three seasons in Biloxi as a Ticket Sales Executive prior to a brief stint away from the club in 2018.
Dani Polen assumes the role of Marketing Manager, transitioning into her new position after serving as a Marketing and Administrative Assistant for the Shuckers in 2018 and Sales and Marketing Coordinator in 2017. Dani graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Minor of Arts in Graphic Design in 2009, and went on to pursue and receive a Master of Business Administration in 2011.
Also new to the media department is Production Manager Seamus Grady, who most recently worked with the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League as Director of Video Operations. Grady attended the College of Charleston where he majored in Communications.
Other additions to the media relations and marketing team are Andrew Chapman and Stephanie Carr. Andrew enters his first season with the Shuckers as a Broadcasting and Media Relations Assistant. He began his professional baseball career in 2018 in a similar role with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, following graduation from Arizona State University. Stephanie joins the Shuckers as a Creative Services Assistant 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.
Shuck Nation memberships and group outings for the 2019 Biloxi Shuckers season are on sale now and are available for purchase by calling 228-233-3465, online at biloxishuckers.com or by visiting the MGM Park front office. The Shuckers will open their fifth season at MGM Park on Thursday, April 4 at 6:35 pm against the Birmingham Barons. Biloxi will host the 2019 Southern League All-Star Festivities, with a Home Run Derby on Monday, June 17 and the All-Star Game at 6:35 pm on Tuesday, June 18 at MGM Park.
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The Biloxi Shuckers are the Double-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Shuckers play at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi and will host the 2019 Southern League All-Star Game on June 18. For more information please visit biloxishuckers.com and follow us on Twitter @biloxishuckers and at facebook.com/biloxishuckers.
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