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Hot Rods Mission Statement

"To provide sports, entertainment, and community events for SCKY in a friendly, family first, and engaging way. The Hot Rods strive to do this by providing a clean, safe, fun filled ballpark for all to enjoy."

Eric C. Leach - Hot Rods General Manager/COO

Ownership

Team Management

Eric joined the Bowling Green Hot Rods in October 2013 has been in the role of Chief Operating Officer and General Manger since April 2016. He has spent a total of 18 seasons working in professional sports and has been awarded South Atlantic League Sales Executive of the year in 2007, and Midwest League Executive of the Year in 2019.

Prior to joining the Hot Rods, Eric and his wife Sunshine spent that time working in non-profit charity work in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and United States. During their time they worked with groups helping to provide medical clinics, hot meals, education, and construction projects to those in need.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska. Eric attended Grace University there and received his degree in business leadership. He also has earned his Maters of Business Administration from Keller School of Management. He enjoys all things Nebraska including Cornhusker football and Creighton basketball. In addition to sports, he likes to spend time with his two children, Colton & Jaxson. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for two non-profits, Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky and Lafwa, Inc.

Phone : 270.901.2121

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Kyle Wolz manages all aspects of ticket sales, focusing on all ticket revenue sources while developing and managing the Hot Rods' sales team. Kyle joined the Hot Rods in February of 2014 as an intern. Once the season concluded, Kyle was promoted to Account Executive then to Box Office Manager to oversee the day to day operation of the Hot Rods Ticket office, while focusing on group sales. Since then, Kyle has taken on the role as the Director of Sales, where he oversees the Hot Rods sales team and the selling of season tickets, mini plans and planning of large company and group outings. Most recently, Kyle was appointed to Assistant General Manager. Kyle, a native from Louisville, Kentucky, holds a bachelor's degree in sports management from Western Kentucky University. In his free time, you can find him on the golf course working on his golf game. His favorite sports teams are the Louisville Cardinals, WKU Hilltoppers, and Tennessee Titans.

Phone: 270-495-6023

Bat Dog

Turbo

Turbo joined the Hot Rods in December of 2019 as the official bat dog for the team. His duties include fetching the bat after the Hot Rods hit, greeting fans and being cute. Turbo is excited for his first season in Minor League Baseball. He enjoys spending time posting on his Twitter and Instagram (@HotRodsTurbo), playing in the Graves Gilbert Splash Pad, and running around Bowling Green Ballpark with his coworkers.

Corporate Marketing

Ashlee Wilson, born and bred in Bowling Green, hit a home run when she joined the Hot Rods team in 2021 as the Corporate Marketing Manager. After graduating with a degree from Western Kentucky University, Ashlee moved to New York City where she earned her PhD in Living while working in the performing arts and entertainment industry. After three and a half years of missing the south, Ashlee came back to her old Kentucky home to work and live. She is passionate about music, theatre, live events, community involvement, traveling, and family. Her favorite sports team is the WKU Hilltoppers.

Phone: 270-495-6014

Sales

2021 will mark Taylor's first season with the Hot Rods and 7th season in Minor League Baseball. Prior to working with the Hot Rod's, he was the Ticketing and Merchandise manager for the Lancaster JetHawks from 2015 to 2020. A native of Dalton, Georgia, Taylor graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing golf. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Bulldogs and the Nashville Predators.

Phone: 270-495-6032

Jessica graduated from Trine University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a master’s degree in business administration. A Union City, Indiana native, Jess made the move to Bowling Green to join the Hot Rods in 2020 as a Sales Executive and Merchandise Assistant. Prior to the Hot Rods, Jess worked in collegiate baseball; first as a Promotions and Special Events Manager and later as an Assistant GM. In her free time, Jess enjoys listening to music, watching television, or learning something new. Her favorite sports teams include the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Indiana Fever, and the Cincinnati Reds.

phone: 270-495-6012

Amber is excited to be joining the Hot Rods for her first year! Before the Hot Rods, she worked in Arizona for Goodyear Ballpark in the ticket office and for Fanatics Retail as a Lead Retail. She is no stranger to Minor League Baseball, as she spent 8 years with the Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Team in many departments, including Player Operations and Entertainment. She graduated from DeVry University with her BS in Business Management and she is currently work on her MBA degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Keller School of Management. In her free time, she loves hiking, sewing, dancing ballet, theater, and spending time with her husband. Her favorite teams are the Cincinnati Reds, The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and the Miami Dolphins.

Phone: 270-495-6019

Creative Services/Marketing/Media Relations

Holli manages all social media platforms and marketing for the Hot Rods and Vette City Catering. She began her career in Independent baseball before making the move to Minor League Baseball. The Visalia, California native graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Entertainment and Tourism in 2018. She joined the Hot Rods in February of 2019 as the Social Media Coordinator and Promotions Assistant, winning Front Office Rookie of the Year. In October of 2019, she was promoted to Social Media and Marketing Manager. In October of 2020, she was promoted to Director of Creative Services where she oversees all creative aspects for the Hot Rods. When she’s not at the ballpark, you can find her hanging out with her cat, Lilac, driving around the Kentucky countryside or watching sports. Her favorite sports teams are the Cal State Fullerton Titans and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

phone: 270-496-6016

Blake manages all video production for the Hot Rods—shooting, editing, and directing videos for social media, in-park entertainment, and MiLB streaming. He received his degree in broadcasting from Western Kentucky University in 2019, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He has been with the Hot Rods since 2016 and has worked his way up within the organization. Working as a game day production crew member in 2016 and 2018 where he was a camera operator, game day stringer, and stadium DJ. In 2017 and 2019, Blake worked as the video intern, creating videos for social media and for in-park. When he’s not at the ballpark, Blake spends his free time golfing, playing video games, and throwing his support behind Marcus Mariota. His favorite sport teams are the WKU Hilltoppers, Cincinnati Reds, and Tennessee Titans.

phone: 270-495-6021

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Shawn Murnin is in his third season as the Hot Rods Play-By-Play Broadcaster and Media Relations Manager. The Vandling, Pennsylvania native graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Communications degree in 2011 and began his career in baseball with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees the same year. In 2015, he joined the Northwoods League's Mankato Moondogs and soon thereafter, made the transition back to Minor League Baseball, making stops with the Peoria Chiefs and the Hagerstown Suns. Shawn calls all Hot Rods' games on WBGN 94.5 FM/1340 AM, as well as authoring the Hot Rods' TuneUp Blog. In his free time, you can find him on the golf course, collecting baseball cards, and spending time with his wife and son. His favorite sports team is the Tennessee Titans.

Leslie joined the Hot Rods front office in February 2021 as the Marketing and Promotions Assistant. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Public Relations, where she also served as a student assistant in the Athletics Communications office. Prior to working with the Hot Rods, Leslie interned with the Pulaski Yankees and Midland RockHounds. A huge Taylor Swift fan, her favorite sports teams are the New York Yankees and JMU Dukes.

Christian joined the Hot Rods in March of 2021 as the team’s Graphic Designer. A graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, Christian was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, but South Florida became his home of 17 years. Christian is ready to make a true and positive impact in the team’s look and feel. In his free time he enjoys being a foodie, biking, movies and video games. His favorite teams include the Miami Heat, Real Madrid and the Miami Dolphins.

Phone: 270-495-6021

Operations

David has worked in Minor League Baseball since 2016. He started his career with the Lexington Legends as an operations intern before moving to the clubhouse, becoming an operations manager. David made the move to Bowling Green in 2020 to become the Stadium Operations Manager. A Union, Kentucky native, "Dinger" as he is known around the ballpark, holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Kentucky. David can be found spending his free time hanging out with his girlfriend, Meredith and his cat, Remy, or fishing around the SOKY area. His favorite sports teams are the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Kentucky Wildcats.

phone: 270-495-6015

Born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, Joseph graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in May of 2016 with an Associate of Agriculture Degree. In December of 2018, he completed his B.S. degree in Crop and Soil Sciences (Turfgrass Option) and minored in Horticulture. While in school he worked at several golf courses, most notably The Country Club of Virginia. In the summer of 2018 Joseph interned with the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Upon graduating from Virginia Tech, he spent two seasons as an Assistant Groundskeeper with the Columbia Fireflies before becoming the Hot Rods Head Groundskeeper in February, 2021. His favorite sports teams are the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Baltimore Orioles.

Phone: 270-495-6018

Austin graduated from Old Dominion University in May of 2020 with a degree in Sport Management. He began working in Minor League Baseball in 2018, working for the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A Affiliate, the Norfolk Tide, spending two seasons there. Austin also worked for the PGA Tour at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys golfing, hanging out with friends and watching sports. His favorite sports teams are the Washington Capitals and the Duke Blue Devils.

Finances

Kim joined our front office staff in 2019 as our Bookkeeper. She's in charge of bookkeeping, payroll, and Human Resource aspects of the Hot Rods. This is Kim’s first professional sports rodeo, but she brings her Sports Management degree and has other sports work experience. Kim just recently moved here from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, Brian, and son, Cooper. They also have two daughters--Taylor and Selina that live in Michigan. In her free time she loves traveling, usually to watch her kids play sports. Her favorite sports teams are the Michigan State Spartans, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Lions.

phone: 270-495-6022

Vette City Catering

Eliott, a Bowling Green Native, first joined the Hot Rods organization in 2018 as Executive Chef and Kitchen Manager. In 2019, under new ownership he became the Director of Vette City Catering and launched our in house food service. Before entering professional sports he worked in the food and beverage industry for over a decade. Eliott loves cooking and creating new and exciting items for the fans to enjoy. He also enjoys being outdoors; whether it’s hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, kayaking or playing disc golf. He fell in love with the outdoors through his father and the Boy Scouts where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He enjoys spending his free time with his beautiful family, Emelia and daughter Wrenn.

Phone: (270)-496-6013

All the way from Orange County, CA, Amber has began a new chapter in Kentucky with The Bowling Green Hot Rods. After graduating from California State University of Long Beach with a Journalism degree, Amber began her career in the sports industry. She has worked in the NFL, NBA and AHL. This will be her first season working in baseball. Some of her favorite sports teams are Los Angeles Kings, New York Yankees and Manchester United.

Phone: 270-495-6029