Rawhide Welcome New Front Office Staff for 2019

By Visalia Rawhide | October 8, 2018 4:24 PM

Rawhide Welcome New Front Office Staff

Four new staff with great experience join already-strong returning staff


VISALIA-The Rawhide are proud to introduce four additions to its front office staff: Markus Hagglund will take over as the team's new Director of Groups and Ticketing, Jake Davis is the team's Merchandise Manager, Joe Ross is the new Community Partnerships coordinator, and Brady Hochhalter is promoted from Ballpark Operations intern to Ballpark Operations Assistant. Returning to the front office after a short time away is Assistant GM, Charlie Saponara.


Markus Hagglund - Markus is thrilled to join the Rawhide for the 2019 season following previous stops with the Stockton Ports, the Hickory Crawdads, the Portland Sea Dogs, and the Quad Cities River Bandits. Prior to his work in MiLB, Markus was involved with the University of Iowa Athletics Department focusing on ticketing and NCAA compliance. 


Jake Davis - Jake attended Metropolitan State University of Denver majoring in Sport Management & Political Science. He comes to Visalia after spending one year as the Merchandise Assistant with the Tulsa Drillers.


Joe Ross - Joe is a Tulare County local who was born and raised in Lindsay. He graduated from Lindsay High School in 2004 and has spent time living in Southern California & the Bay Area. He comes to the Visalia Rawhide with a background in Real Estate, sales, marketing, and event planning.


Brady Hochhalter - Graduated from Bethesda University in June of 2018 with a bachelor's in Sports Management and joined the Rawhide as a Ballpark Operations Intern shortly thereafter.



"I'm proud to say that the Rawhide staff continues to get stronger & stronger each season," said General Manager Jennifer Reynolds. "We continue to strive to be better each year, and fresh blood helps us all stay creative, and at the top of our game. We are excited that Markus, Jake, Joe, and Brady are joining our experienced staff with a vast knowledge of their own, and I'm looking forward to hearing their ideas & getting them involved in our great community!"


The new full-time staff are joining a veteran staff with over 35 years of combined experience:


            - Jennifer Reynolds, General Manager: 12 years

            - Jill Webb, Assistant General Manager: 5 years

            - Charlie Saponara, Assistant General Manager: 7 years

            - Julian Riftkind, Baseball Operations Manager: 5 years

            - Jerry Verastegui, Ballpark Operations Manager: 4 years

            - James Templeton, Head Groundskeeper: 5 years

            - Caitlin Carter, Events Manager: 2 years




About the Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League and are the only professional sports team in Tulare and Kings counties. On April 4th, 2019, the Rawhide will open their 73nd year of play and 13th as an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rawhide will defend their 2018 Northern Division Championship and continue providing competitive baseball and affordable family entertainment. To be a part of the 2019 Visalia Rawhide season, please contact the Visalia Rawhide Ticket Office at 559.732.4433, visit us online at rawhidebaseball.com, or follow us on Facebook (TheRawhide), Instagram (@VisaliaRawhide), and Twitter (@VisaliaRawhide).

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

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