After 15 seasons working as a member of the front office, Reading Fightin Phils Assistant General Manager Ashley Peterson has decided to step away from the organization to commit to being a full-time mother for her three sons, the club announced today.
"Truthfully, it's hard to imagine not waking up and going to the ballpark every day. This place is a part of who I am and the people are my extended family. I started when I was 15 and grew up working here. This is just the next chapter," said Peterson. "I haven't attended games as a fan since I was a kid and now I get to bring my kids here and enjoy the fan experience that I have been a part of creating all this time."
Though she worked in the front office since 2000, Peterson actually got her start with the franchise as a Diamond Girl when she was 15 years old. She returned to the team in 2000 for an internship after earning her degree in Fitness Management from the University of Delaware. With Reading, Peterson held a variety of positions-from Director of Fan Development to Director of Group Sales and Game Entertainment. She has been Assistant General Manager since 2007.
In 2006, Peterson was the recipient of the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award, presented annually to the top female executive in Minor League Baseball.
"Ashley has been an integral part of our Fightin Phils family ever since she was a Diamond Girl at 15 years old. Today, she is nationally regarded as one of the most respected and creative leaders in our industry," said Fightins General Manager Scott Hunsicker. "As a family-oriented organization, it is with great joy that we celebrate Ashley's tremendous career, and at the same time, celebrate the next chapter of her life as she gets to spend even more time with her three young sons. She has impressed us all by balancing being both a world-class baseball executive and world-class mom. Now, she gets to really enjoy being a world-class mom full-time."
A native of Exeter Township and 1996 graduate of Exeter High School, Peterson resides in Sinking Spring with her husband Jon and children Greyson, Avery, and Harrison.
Peterson's career with the Reading Fightin Phils will be celebrated on Fightins Opening Night on April 17th where she will be joined by her three sons to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. All fans, partners, and friends are encouraged to come honor her career that night with the front office and game staff as the Fightins deliver Peterson the proper send-off to her new career path.
The Fightins will kick off the 65th season of baseball at America's Classic Ballpark on Friday, April 17th when they host the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the 2015 season can be purchased online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, or by visiting the FirstEnergy Stadium Ticket Office.