Weigle Named Hooks GM

Coffin, Davis, Fearn, Kaddatz, Sleep Promoted

By Corpus Christi Hooks | December 14, 2017 3:58 PM

ORLANDO - Astros Senior Director of Business Operations Dan O'Neill announced Thursday that Wes Weigle has been appointed General Manager of the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Weigle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and completes his Master of Business Administration at Rice University this spring. Previously, he worked as a business operations associate in Houston, focused on strategic and financial projects for the Astros minor league properties. Weigle served for over eight years in the United States Army as an aviation officer, AH-64D Apache helicopter pilot, and aviation company commander, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X-XI and XIII.

"Wes brings a passion for excellence and unmatched leadership abilities that will serve the organization well," O'Neill said. "He is determined to connect with our fans and to create unique and memorable experiences for them at Whataburger Field."

Five Hooks front-office staff members have been promoted: Director of Broadcasting Michael Coffin to Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting; Director of Fan Engagement JD Davis to Director of Marketing; Accounting Analyst Jessica Fearn to Accounting Manager; Group Sales Manager Zach Kaddatz to Director of Premium & Membership Sales; and Partnership Activation Coordinator Diana Sleep to Business Development Manager.

In addition, there are five new hires for the 2018 season:

  • Account Executive Amanda Boman joins the Hooks from Volvik USA. The University of Texas graduate has Astros experience in spring training operations and at the Major League level. She's also worked for the Round Rock Express and Austin Wranglers.
  • Director of Business Development Maggie Freeborn comes to the organization after 12 years in field sales and account management at Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
  • Account Executive Sean Phelan is a graduate of Denver's Johnson & Wales University and has worked for the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Astros, Houston Texans, and Denver Broncos.
  • Michael Suarez, who spent 2016 as Whataburger Field visiting clubhouse manager, is the Hooks' new maintenance coordinator.
  • Senior Manager of Premium Sales and Services Kelsey Thompson, a Vanderbilt graduate, joins the ball club after six seasons with the Greeneville Astros.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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