Jeff Podobnik has worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1988, joining the club immediately after his graduation from Slippery Rock University. He moved into his current position, his third stint leading the organization's Florida Operations, following the 2019 season. After serving as Director of Florida Operations throughout the 1990s, Jeff returned to Pittsburgh to help open and operate PNC Park as Director of Security & Contract Services. In addition to being a member of the Stadium Managers Association, Jeff has worked at the 1994, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008 MLB All Star Game. His extensive community service record includes sitting on the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Manatee School Foundation, and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. Jeff resides in Parrish with his wife, Amy, and son Josh. His adult sons, Tyler and Cooper, were born in Manatee County during Jeff's first stint in Florida. Jeff and Amy welcomed their first grandchild, Sadie Ann, in 2018.
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Movie: Foot Loose / Road House
Favorite Singer/Band: AC/DC / Eagles
Favorite Book: American Sniper
Favorite Athlete: Jay Bell
Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: 2013 Wild Card Game Pirates Vs. Reds
Craig Warzecha joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2015. As General Manager, he oversees sales & marketing efforts for Pirates Spring Training and the Marauders while also playing an integral role in the daily operations of LECOM Park. A native of South Amboy, NJ, Warzecha moved to Florida to attend the University of Tampa. His career in baseball has included stints with the Lakewood Blue Claws, Minor League Baseball headquarters in St. Petersburg, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Clearwater Threshers. Craig graduated from Leadership Manatee in 2017 and currently serves as the chairman of the Manatee Young Professionals. Away from the ballpark, Craig enjoys reading, exercise, traveling, and taking advantage of the Florida sunshine at the nearest pool or beach. He resides in Bradenton.
Favorite Food: Chicken Parm
Favorite Movie: The Town
Favorite Singer/Band: Tritonal
Favorite Book: The Extra 2%
Favorite Athlete: Tino Martinez
Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: MLB Futures Game in 2008
Jackie Riggleman joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2019 following four seasons with the Rich Baseball Operations. She most recently served as the Assistant General Manager of the West Virginia Black Bears. Riggleman was a member of the inaugural Black Bears staff in 2015 and was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2016. She was named NY-Penn League Female Executive of the year in 2017. Riggleman holds a master's degree in sports management from West Virginia University.
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Movie: The Little Rascals
Favorite Book: The Radical Leap
Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: Any WVU sporting event where Country Roads played to a Mountaineer victory
Rebekah Rivette joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2019. In her current role, she oversees the LECOM Park video board, in game entertainment, and media relations for Florida Operations. She previously worked for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the double-a affiliate of the Kansas City Royals in the Texas League. She is originally from Hyde Park, NY, and graduated from Queens University of Charlotte. She resides in Bradenton. When she's not at the ballpark, Rebekah enjoys playing with her dog, traveling, soaking up the Florida sunshine, and going to Disney.
Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes
Favorite Movie: Moneyball
Favorite Singer/Band: Cole Swindell or the Jonas Brothers
Favorite Book: The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Favorite Athlete: Derek Jeter
Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: 2012 ALCS Series in NY
Chuck Knapp joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2015. He oversees concessions and merchandise for Pirates Spring Training and the Marauders. An accomplished professional in food service and customer satisfaction, Chuck is a Certified Food Manager, Certified TEAM Trainer, 2008 Chairman's Award Winner at Harrah's Joliet, and holds a Ducktorate Degree from the Walt Disney World College Program. Originally from Glen Ellyn, IL, Chuck is a graduate of Aurora University. Away from the ballpark you can find Chuck jamming to Jimmy Buffet or indulging his fanatical love of Disney. Chuck and his wife Nicole reside in Bradenton with their sons Marshall and Hudson.
Favorite Food: Pizza
*Favorite Singer/Band: *Jimmy Buffett
Favorite Book: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Favorite Athlete: Frank Thomas
Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: 2015 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6
Ray Morris joined the Pirates and Marauders following the 2012 season. He oversees the operations of Pirate City, one of the busiest facilities in professional baseball. His responsibilities include managing transportation needs for players and executives to and from the facility and coordinating use of the facility by several internal and external groups. Ray is a lifelong resident of Bradenton and a graduate of Manatee High School, where he starred for the Hurricanes football team. Ray graduated from the University of South Florida. He resides in Bradenton.
Favorite Food: Baked Ziti
Favorite Movie: Top Gun
Favorite Singer/Band: Luke Bryan
Favorite Book: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy
Favorite Athlete: Peyton Manning
Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: College Football
Spencer Fogel joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2017 as an assistant in Florida Operations. He joined the Florida Ops team full-time the following year. He assists in all functions relating to the operations of Pirate City and serves as an import liaison between the business operations and baseball operations at the facility. Spencer is a native of Melville, NY and a graduate of George Washington University. His experience as a student worker at GW and as a game day employee with the Washington Nationals prepared him to hit the ground running in Bradenton. Away from work, Spencer enjoys watching baseball, hockey, UFC, and training to run long distance road races.