Joe Ricciutti has been named the new President & General Manager of the BlueClaws.
LAKEWOOD, NJ - Shore Town Baseball is pleased to announce that Joe Ricciutti has been named President & General Manager of the BlueClaws. Ricciutti was president of the Staten Island Yankees from 2007 through 2011 and was recognized by Ballpark Digest as the Minor League Executive of the Year in 2008.
Since 2011, Ricciutti has been the Assistant Vice President, University Event Management at Columbia University where he led the division that provides event management, venue rental, and food and beverage services for over 34,000 events annually across the Columbia University campuses. Ricciutti oversaw a staff of over 150 full-time and 250 part-time employees and the business grew significantly in his six years at Columbia. He had previously worked for both the Staten Island Yankees from 2001 to 2004 and Columbia University from 2004 to 2007.
"We are thrilled to be able to lure Joe back to baseball and to have him lead the BlueClaws," said Art Matin, managing member Shore Town Baseball. Matin added, "Joe did a great job in overseeing the Staten Island Yankees for Mandalay Baseball. We saw a remarkable increase in attendance, sponsorship, and fan satisfaction over those five seasons. We expect that his extensive experience at Columbia University and the Staten Island Yankees in leading event operations, managing food and beverage services, interacting with sponsors, and in helping create positive fan experiences will be an asset for the BlueClaws community."
"I am excited to be working with Art Matin, Bill Luby, and Bob Tamashunas again," said Ricciutti. "They are an outstanding ownership group with extensive experience in owning and operating Minor League Baseball teams."
While a native of Staten Island, Ricciutti is no stranger to the Jersey Shore, having spent summers over the last 25 years in Lavallette with his family.
"I am honored to be working with such a talented front office staff and look forward to building on the great foundation they put in place. The BlueClaws' success in attendance over so many consecutive seasons is a testament to their commitment to creating one of the best family entertainment experiences in the business," said Ricciutti.
"The first order of business for me is to get a sense of the operation during the remaining games of the season, talk to staff, fans, and move into the off-season with an informed perspective on ways to further enhance to what is an already outstanding organization."
The BlueClaws are the Jersey Shore's top stop for affordable, family entertainment. They have led the South Atlantic League in average or overall attendance in all 16 years of operation.
The BlueClaws regular season concludes on Monday, September 4th. Tickets to all remaining BlueClaws regular season home games are available by calling 732-901-7000 option 2 or online at BlueClaws.com.
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