Renegades Front Office Staff
Steve was appointed as President of the Hudson Valley Renegades on November 30, 2016 and later was named President/General Manager on October 30, 2018. The 2019 season will be Steve's 32nd season in Minor League Baseball, and he is in his second tenure with the Renegades as he was part of the original staff that started the franchise in January, 1994.
Steve began his first stint with the Renegades as the team's Director of Sales and Marketing, later becoming Assistant General Manager in 1997. Following the 1998 season, Steve was elevated to Vice President/General Manager. In his first season as GM, the Renegades went on to win their first New York-Penn League Championship. In October of 2001, Steve was named President/General Manager of the Renegades and he remained in that role through the 2003 season.
After ten seasons with the Renegades, Steve became a part of baseball history and an answer to a trivia question. He was part of the first-ever trade of baseball General Managers. Steve moved on to the Fort Myers Miracle in the Florida State League "in exchange for" then Miracle GM Dave Burke and his dog, Rutgers, who was also the Miracle mascot.
Steve served as the General Manager of the Miracle from October, 2003 through 2009, at which time he was elevated to EVP/GM. Following the 2011 season, he was appointed as President of the Miracle and in April, 2014 he was named the team's Chief Operating Officer. In 2015, the Miracle set the all-time single season attendance mark in the team's history in Southwest Florida, and in the same season, the team also set a new all-time average per game attendance mark. In 2008, Steve was named the Florida State League Executive of the Year. Under Steve's leadership, the Miracle were nominated for Minor League Baseball awards twelve years in a row, including the John H. Johnson President's Trophy for overall team operations and the Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy for excellence in team promotions. Steve was also the Spring Training Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins during his 13 year tenure in Fort Myers, overseeing all stadium operations for Twins Spring Training at Hammond Stadium. Steve also worked closely with the Twins and Lee County on a major two phase renovation of Hammond Stadium in 2014 and 2015.
Steve began his baseball career in 1988 as a Public/Media Relations intern with the Albany-Colonie Yankees in the Eastern League. After joining the Yankees full-time for the 1989 season, Steve moved on to Charleston South Carolina to become the Assistant General Manager of the Charleston Rainbows (now the RiverDogs) from 1990 through 1993.
Steve, his wife Michelle, their two sons, Aaron (22) and Ross (18) and Maltese Poodle "Oreo" are thrilled to be back in the Hudson Valley and are looking forward to once again seeing everyone at Dutchess Stadium this season.
Rick Zolzer, also known as "Zolz", began his career 23 years ago with the Renegades as the team's PA announcer at Dutchess Stadium and immediately made an impression with his natural ability to get the crowd involved in the action.
Rick took on responsibilities as the Director of Special Events for the Renegades in 2001, as well as becoming the executive director for the Renegades Pitch For Kids. Pitch For Kids is meant to bring together the families of the Hudson Valley through a variety of entertaining events and fundraisers that are run by Rick and his staff. Rick has made quite a name for himself in the Hudson Valley region as a public address announcer and crowd entertainer. His charismatic approach behind the microphone paved the way for future job opportunities.
In 2002, Rick started calling games from the booth at the Continental Airlines Arena as the PA announcer for the New Jersey Nets. During his three year stint with the Nets, the team won back to back Eastern Conference titles in 2002 and 2003, as well as making it to the second round of the NBA playoffs in 2004.
The next venue that Zolzer would make his voice heard at was Michie Stadium at West Point. The Army Athletic Association hired him to be the PA announcer for the Army football team for the start of their 2007 season. It was an easy decision for the Army Black Knights to hire Rick, as he had already proven to have an impressive track record of energizing fans and making the crowd feel part of the event. "I am thrilled to be a part of the biggest event the Hudson Valley has had to offer on Saturdays for the last 100 years," said Zolzer when he landed the job. "More than that, it is an honor to be a very small member of the family of the U.S. Military Academy and its athletic department." Zolzer even found the time to create his own entertainment company called Zolz Entertainment which host events such as weddings, parties, corporate gatherings, etc.
Not only can you hear Rick's voice echoing through PA systems, but you can also heard him locally on WRWD & Rock 93 Monday-Friday for the sports report. When he's not talking about his beloved LA Dodgers, Rick is commenting and offering insight on anything and everything in the world of sports.
The 2014 season, was the first with Zolzer as the Vice President for the Renegades. Zolz recognized the magnitude and responsibility of the new position.
"Being named Vice President of the Renegades organization is a ridiculous honor," says Zolzer. I have had no off switch for the 'Gades and enjoyed being a part of the team 24/7 over the past 20 years. I am thankful for this opportunity as I look toward the next 20 years. Zolz has been married to Mary since 1993 and has two daughters Taylor (17) and Jordan (15) both of whom work at the Dutch in the summer.
Kristen returns to the Renegades as the Vice President of Community Paternerships after spending the past three summers with the Pittsfield Suns.
She began her career in baseball working for the Hudson Valley Renegades as a seasonal part-time employee in 2001, selling programs. She continued to do this throughout college while also working for the New York Mets in their Fan Fest Area. Kristen graduated from Fairfield University in May of 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. That summer she entered the Renegade Front Office as a Ticket Office Intern, which quickly led to a full time position in the ticket office in the fall of 2006.
Kristen has worn many hats throughout her career at the Renegades. She held the position of Account Executive; Director of Customer Service; and Director of Ticket Sales and Operations. In January of 2013 she was promoted to Assistant General Manager for the Renegades. In the fall of 2015, Kristen was promoted to General Manager of the Pittsfield Suns. As GM, she oversaw all day-to-day operations of the organization. Kristen will continue to have a role with the Pittsfield Suns by serving as their President.
In December of 2013 and 2015,she was named the New York-Penn League Woman Executive of the Year and was named one of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 in 2015. In the fall of 2017, Kristen was inducted into the New England Baseball Hall of Fame and was named the Futures League Executive of the year.
Kristen is a native of Suffern New York. Her hobbies include skiing; traveling; and of course her passion is baseball.
Tyson joins the Renegades after spending eight seasons with the St. Paul Saints Baseball Club, in St. Paul, MN.
Tyson started with the Saints in 2013 as the Corporate Sales Activation Manager, focusing on sponsorship relationships and sales, before becoming the Ticket Sales Manager in late 2014. In 2015, he helped the Saints open CHS Field, a 7,000-seat ballpark in downtown St. Paul, and assisted in the development and execution of ticket & corporate sales strategies that have helped the Saints achieve record setting numbers each of their 5 seasons at CHS Field.
In 2016, Tyson took over as Director of Corporate Partnership, overseeing some of the Saints largest sponsorships and managing the corporate partnerships department. In early 2020, Tyson accepted the Vice President/Assistant General Manager position with the Renegades and is excited for this new opportunity!
Tyson grew up in Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate and master's degrees. His hobbies include all sports and outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with his chocolate lab, Griff.
Joe Ausanio returns to the Renegades in 2019 for his 20th season.
He will serve as the Director of Baseball Operations and a Senior Sales Associate. Joe a former Major League Baseball Player, has also been seen around the "Dutch" doing pitching clinics, wrestling under the stars and of course signing autographs.
When Joe's not #AtTheDutch he is the Head Coach for the Marist College Softball Team, and heads into his 11th season leading the Red Foxes.
He is currently writing a children's book. He and his wife Caroline live in New Windsor, NY and he has two sons, Joey and Kevin, a step son Michael and a step daughter Christina.
Although Vicky has been a part of the Renegades' Front Office for 14 years, it has been a fun filled & exciting part of her personal life as she has been a Season Ticket Holder since Opening Day in 1994. Being a part of the Renegades fan base gave her the opportunity to share many happy times here with family & friends and has been blessed to make so many new friends along the way. As cliché as it sounds, Vicky says being a part of the Renegades' Front Office is truly the job she has waited for all her life. The Goldklang Group and staff she works with are very much a part of her extended family (as she is often called everyone's "work mom" around the office).
As part of a military family, Vicky was born in Texas but says the Hudson Valley has always been her home. Vicky is a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and Dutchess County Community College with a degree in Accounting and Business Management.. Vicky is also a volunteer for the Hudson Valley Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Good Shepard Soup Kitchen in Newburgh, and a member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
Baseball is her favorite sport and is a devoted New York Met fan (her favorite player of all time is Gary "The Kid" Carter). Vicky enjoys meeting new people and has a passion for traveling. However, her newest passion is being a Grandma. She has a beautiful granddaughter and loves her to the moon and back. If you see Vicky just ask her to show you a picture of her granddaughter and watch her face light up.
Vicky currently resides in New Windsor with "Dave the Beer Man" and their two very large dogs, Noel and Carter.
Teri enters her sixth season as Food & Beverage Director and Director of Merchandise with the Hudson Valley Renegades.
As Director, Teri is responsible for a variety of Concession Stands that serve everything from the traditional hot dogs and Cracker Jacks, to customized gourmet burgers like the Cracker Jack Burger, quesadillas, flatbreads and even Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings. Teri and her team look forward to making the Dutch your go-to for fun, great food and drinks.
Prior to working for the Renegades, Teri has worked the full range of venues in the food industry. Her beginnings trace back to fast food, and some awesome catering gigs, like Terrapin in Rhinebeck, but she found a home in Campus Dining Services and has worked locally at Vassar College and Marist College.
When she's not at the Dutch with her "Stadium Kids", Teri loves hanging with her family and her Yorkie, Kaiya. Teri is "Tee-Tee" to four amazing grandchildren-Carter, twins Ben & Jack, and Stella. (Her children Mike, Jessica & Sierra are pretty great too!)
Morgan joins the Renegades Front Office as the Marketing Manager after spending the past two years in Idaho, where she worked as a weekend sports anchor and news reporter.
A native of Saratoga Springs, New York, Morgan graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication with a minor in Athletic Coaching. While at Oswego she was actively involved in the student-run television station, WTOP-10, where she was the sports director her senior year.
During her time in Idaho she was able to share the stories of athletes, their accomplishments and building relationships with the community. Her proudest moments include creating an Athlete of the Week Segment, filming multiple state championship teams, covering the 2018 NCAA March Madness Tournament in Boise, and filming a surprise military homecoming. Morgan was awarded the Idaho Press Club 2017 Rookie of the Year Award. Her other achievements include receiving a nomination for Sports Video Group's Collegiate Student: Outstanding Special Features category as well as Honorable Mention in the Hype Video/PSA Category for videos she produced for the Oswego State Men's Ice Hockey Program.
Morgan previously interned with the Glens Falls Dragons out of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, and is eager to be back on the diamond where she so fondly calls home. If she's not #AtTheDutch you'll find her in the closet retail store, cheering on her beloved Boston Red Sox, watching hockey or at home with her cats Oakley and Maple.
Feel free to connect with her on Twitter: @MorganRumpfTV
Dave aka "Da Beer Man", joined the Hudson Valley Renegades Front Office in 2006 as a Sales Account Executive.
During game days, Dave enjoys entertaining the fans as one of the most energetic, promotional beer vendors in the ballpark. Dave also admits to being called a "cleat chaser" as he is awed by the talented professional athletes that take the field #AtTheDutch.
Originally from Williston Park on Long Island, Dave currently resides in New Windsor, NY.
Kyler joined the Renegades front office as a Ticket Sales Executive in May of 2018 after serving a year as an usher at Dutchess Stadium and as an Inside Sales Representative for the Goldklang Group.
A native of Highland, NY, Kyler graduated from West Virginia University in 2016 with a degree in Sport Management. During his time there he worked as a Student Equipment Manager for the WVU football team.
When he isn't cheering on the Renegades he is rooting for his San Francisco Giants, 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and of course his Mountaineers.
Bill Levy, a former 1996 intern with the Renegades, returns to the club after a wild two+ decades in sports which included three stops in Odessa, TX; two stops in Lake County, OH as well as stints in Columbus, Macon and Augusta GA; Lancaster, CA; Lafayette, LA: Wilmington, DE and Fort Myers, FL.
A native of Wilmington, DE, Levy is glad to get closer to home and is excited to see how the passion for the Renegades is just as how he remembers!
Levy graduated from Robert Morris University and has a masters degree from Delta State University.
He enjoys running, writing, as well as watching Beverly Hills 90210 reruns and is very excited for the reboot.