In the spring of 1992, Dan Burke, then the President & CEO of Capital Cities, ABC, Inc. applied for one of two expansion franchises available at the Class AA level of Minor League Baseball. Dan's hope was to bring professional baseball back to Portland. Maine's largest city had been without a pro baseball franchise since the 1940's. One of thirteen applicants for the two franchises, Dan worked diligently to make his dream a reality. In October, 1992 Portland and New Haven were selected to join the Eastern League as new entries for the 1994 season. A sellout crowd greeted the Sea Dogs on April 18, 1994. In 2003, Dan was instrumental in bringing the Boston Red Sox to Portland as the Sea Dogs' new affiliate replacing the Florida Marlins. In 2006, the Sea Dogs captured their first Eastern League Championship. Since the teams' inception in 1994 more than seven million fans have enjoyed Sea Dogs' baseball at Hadlock Field. Dan passed away in October 2011. Today the Sea Dogs remain in the Burke family with Dan's son; Bill Burke serving as the team's Chairman and Dan's daughter; Sally McNamara serving as the team's Treasurer.
In the spring of 1992, Dan Burke, then the President & CEO of Capital Cities, ABC, Inc. applied for one of two expansion franchises available at the Class AA level of Minor League Baseball. Dan's hope was to bring professional baseball back to Portland. Maine's largest city had been without a pro baseball franchise since the 1940's. One of thirteen applicants for the two franchises, Dan worked diligently to make his dream a reality. In October 1992 Portland and New Haven were selected to join the Eastern League as new entries for the 1994 season. A sellout crowd greeted the Sea Dogs on April 18, 1994. In 2003, Dan was instrumental in bringing the Boston Red Sox to Portland as the Sea Dogs' new affiliate replacing the Florida Marlins. In 2006, the Sea Dogs captured their first Eastern League Championship. Since the teams' inception in 1994 more than seven million fans have enjoyed Sea Dogs' baseball at Hadlock Field. Dan passed away in October 2011. Today the Sea Dogs remain in the Burke family with Dan's son; Bill Burke serving as the team's Chairman and Dan's daughter; Sally McNamara serving as the team's Treasurer.
Geoff was promoted to President & General Manager on September 10, 2018, after serving eight years as the Executive Vice President & General Manager. The 2021 season will be Geoff's 21st season with the organization. He began his career with the team as an intern in 2001 and was hired as Director of Group Sales prior to the 2002 season. In 2004 Geoff became the Director of Sales and Promotions and after the 2006 season, Geoff was promoted to Assistant General Manager for Sales and Promotions.
Geoff was honored as the 2015 Eastern League Executive of the Year. In 2011 he was named to the Portland Press Herald's "40 under 40" list, recognizing 40 local business leaders under the age of 40. Geoff is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in sport management. In addition to his work with the Sea Dogs, Geoff serves on the PeoplesChoice Credit Union Board of Directors and the Maine Children's Cancer Program Board of Directors. He previously served on the board of the South Portland American Little League and coached youth baseball and basketball.
Geoff lives in South Portland with his wife Kristie and son Hudson.
John was promoted to Senior Vice President at the end of the 2010 season. He has worked in baseball for the last 34 years. He joined the Sea Dogs in their inaugural season in 1994 as the Assistant General Manager and was promoted to Vice President in 2002. John and his wife Jennifer have two children; Daniel and Julia.
Jim began his career with the team in ticket sales in their inaugural 1994 season and was hired full time to oversee the Finance Operations shortly thereafter. He added Stadium Operations to his list of responsibilities in 2003. He was promoted to Vice President at the end of the 2006 season and is currently in charge of Finance and Game Operations including overseeing the Jumbotron and Audio operations during games (and has been known to shoot off a firework or two when called upon). He anchored the Sea Dogs toboggan team to a historic last-place finish at the 2007 National Championships in Camden (an accomplishment he's still quite proud of). In his free time, he's been known to hang out at local bowling alleys, golf courses, and curling sheets (where he's been told he's one heckuva' sweeper…..though that might just be them being polite). He lives in Portland with his wife Kelli and his two children, Jack and Maggie.
The 2021 season will be Cameron's 25th with the Portland Sea Dogs. He joined the organization as a part-time seasonal employee in 1996 and was hired full-time in January 1999 as the Sea Dogs' Ticket Office Manager. In 2005, he was named the Public Relations Director of the Year for all Minor League Sports by MinorLeagueNews.com. Cameron graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Sport Management, where he was the recipient of the University's "Sport Management" award. Outside of the Sea Dogs, he volunteers for STRIVE, where he serves on the "Steering Committee". Originally from Brunswick, he now resides in Cumberland with his wife Sarah, son Caleb, and dog Tilly.
The 2021 season will be Meehan's 17th working in professional sports and fifth season back with the Sea Dogs. He began his career in the sports industry as an intern with the Sea Dogs in 2003. Upon completion of his internship, he was hired by the New Britain Rock Cats, where he spent four seasons as the teams' Director of Tickets & Corporate Sales. He joined the New Hampshire Fisher Cats organization in 2008 where he served as the Director of Ticket Sales.
In 2009, Meehan returned to his home state of Maine joining the Maine Red Claws staff. As a Senior Account Executive with the Red Claws, Meehan helped the organization sell out their first 48 home games over the course of two seasons.
In addition to his professional sports experience, Meehan worked at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Member Services.
Justin started working in sports as an intern for the Maine Red Claws in the team's inaugural 2009-2010 season, running the game operations and the occasional on-court emcee. Graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2010 with a B.S. in Marketing, Justin worked in sales for multiple industries around the greater Portland area. Wanting to get back into the sports industry, Justin jumped at the opportunity to work with the Sea Dogs and will be entering his fourth year with the Sea Dogs.
Allison joined the Portland Sea Dogs in October of 2016. A Cape Cod native, Allison earned her B.A in Biological Psychology from the University of Maine in 2011 and then went on to earn her Master of Sports Leadership degree from Northeastern University in May of 2016. While earning her master's, Allison worked at Wheelock College as the athletic operations assistant and served as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In the summer of 2016, she moved to Maine to pursue a career in professional sports. Allison currently resides in Westbrook.
Ted joined the Sea Dogs in the fall of 2016. A New Hampshire native, Ted graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2011 with a degree in Communication. He got his start in baseball as an intern with the NECBL's Lowell All-Americans in 2010. Ted joined the New Britain Rock Cats as an assistant in 2013 and served as the Director of Production & Creative Services for the Rock Cats and Hartford Yard Goats from 2014 to 2016.
When not at the ballpark, Ted enjoys golf, defending the wall, throwing strikes, and impressing scouts with his fastball.
Emma joined the Sea Dogs in March 2020, becoming just the fifth lead broadcaster in the Sea Dogs 27-year history. She has spent the previous two seasons as the Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Lexington Legends, where she called back-to-back South Atlantic League Championships. In 2019, she was honored as the South Atlantic League Media Relations Director of the Year. During the off-season, she served as the voice of Morehead State University Women's Basketball on ESPN+ and radio.
Before joining the Legends, Emma was the Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant for the St. Paul Saints, an independent baseball team. She spent 2015 and 2016 in Medford, Oregon as Broadcast and Communications Manager for the Medford Rogues, a collegiate summer team. In 2014, she was part of the broadcast duo for the Mat-Su Miners, another summer collegiate team, in Palmer, Alaska.
The Dallas, Texas native attended the University of Missouri where Tiedemann earned a Bachelor's degree in secondary education and a minor in history.
A Nebraska native, Tim earned his B.S. with majors in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2013 and then received his Master's in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May of 2015. While in college and graduate school, Tim worked with the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Omaha Mavericks athletic marketing departments. He has also worked in professional baseball for 7 years with the Lincoln Saltdogs for the 2010 - 2014 seasons, Omaha Storm Chasers (KC Royals Triple-A affiliate) for the 2015 season, and is going into his third season with the Sea Dogs.
The 2021 season will be Alan's eighth season with the Sea Dogs and tenth in professional sports. Alan got his start in the industry as a public and community relations intern with the Maine Red Claws, where he spent four seasons. At the end of his second season with the Red Claws, he came on board with the Sea Dogs as the guest services representative, a job he enjoyed for two seasons before transitioning into the ticket office in the coordinator role. Alan is entering his second season as the ticket office coordinator and still loving every minute that he spends at Hadlock Field… even in the off-season.
Melissa joined the Portland Sea Dogs in 2017 as a Game Day Associate and was later hired full time during the 2019 season. Melissa earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management at Saint Joseph's College and later went on to earn her master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University. A Maine native, Melissa enjoys running half marathons, going to concerts and trying new restaurants with her coworker Allison. She currently resides in Cape Elizabeth.
Cooke was named the Sea Dogs' Head Groundskeeper in October 2017 after serving as the Sea Dogs' Assistant Head Groundskeeper for eight seasons. Prior to joining the Sea Dogs, Cooke spent ten years working for the City of South Portland, maintaining the fields at the Wainwright Recreation Complex. Cooke is a graduate of South Portland High School and the University of Rhode Island. Cooke played baseball at Rhode Island, where he developed his interest in turf management, as the baseball team often worked on the field. In addition to his duties at the Sea Dogs, Cooke is an assistant baseball and football coach at South Portland High School.
In 2021, Mike begins his 19th season in professional baseball and seventh with the Portland Sea Dogs. Mike’s career in baseball began as a Stadium Security Supervisor in 2003 with the Atlanta Braves. He then became the Home and Visiting Clubhouse Manager, Sales Executive and Director of Stadium/Game-day Operations and Baseball Academy for the Pensacola Pelicans. In 2010, Mike accepted a position as Assistant Clubhouse Manager for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the Home and Visiting Clubhouse and was then made a Ticket and Group Sales Executive. In 2014, Mike was named the Visiting Clubhouse Manager for the New Britain Rock Cats and then in 2015, he joined the Sea Dogs in the Visiting Clubhouse. In 2017, Mike was named the Sea Dogs Home Clubhouse Manager/Equipment Manager.
Mike is from Hayden, Colorado where he was a Student Equipment Manager and Athletic Trainer in High School and at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He worked two Rookie Training Camps with the Denver Broncos as a Student Athletic Trainer. In 1985, Mike was named the Head Athletic Trainer at Ontario (California) Christian High School. In 1988, he began a long and rewarding career in Law Enforcement with the California Department of Corrections. Mike is a recognized expert in the field of Criminal Street and Prison Gangs, as well as Internal Affairs and Peace Officer Training.
Mike splits his time living in Kennebunk and South China, Maine with his wife Julie.
After a 45 year career in Minor League Baseball including 25 with the Portland Sea Dogs, Eshbach stepped down from the Sea Dogs leadership on September 10, 2018. He remains with the club as a senior advisor. Eshbach was inducted into the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame on August 28, 2018. His baseball career began in 1974 with the Elmira Pioneers (NY-Penn League). In 1975 he joined the Bristol Red Sox, Boston's Double-A team in the Eastern League. Having served in the Eastern League since 1975, Eshbach is the longest-serving active member of the league. Besides his time with Bristol and Portland, Eshbach served as General Manager of the Reading Phillies and served as Eastern League President for 11 years. In 1988, Charlie served as interim President of Minor League Baseball. Charlie, the Sea Dogs' first employee, has been with the club since its inception in the fall of 1992. While with the Sea Dogs he has been selected as the Eastern League Executive of the Year in 1978, 1994 and 2002. In 2013, he was honored as the "King of Baseball". Charlie and his wife Ann-Marie live in Falmouth and have two sons, Brian and Scott.