BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)-- Change has been the theme for the Bowling Green Hot Rods since the team was sold last month to Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition.
Adam Nuse, the Hot Rods new general manager and chief operating officer has had little time to settle into Bowling Green, but he says what he has sees, makes him excited about joining the team.
"The first time we came up here, I walked around and had never been to Bowling Green, Kentucky, but downtown and all the development was something that got me really excited about joining the good movement going on," said Bowling Green Hot Rods General Manager and Chief Operations Officer Adam Nuse.
He comes to the Hot Rods from the Corpus Christie Hooks, where he was most recently the vice president of the organization, and spent the most of his career in baseball.
"In 1997, when I was still in high school, I found out that there was such a thing that you could go to a baseball stadium everyday for a living, and from there, that's all I've done. I've been an intern for four different teams, and then I was with the Corpus Christie Hooks for ten years," said Nuse.
He isn't the only one in his family who shares the love of baseball.
"The Tampa Bay Rays have always been committed to good, young talent, and actually one of my cousins is scheduled to be here this year, which it's a small world. He's been playing with the Princeton Rays, so it'd be funny to watch him come up through here," said Nuse.
He also says he draws inspiration for a better fan experience from his family, saying his wife is always willing to offer tips on improving the game for those in the stands.
"I get that side from her. She always tells me, you gotta have these things and these things because it's what the mothers are looking for. They don't really care what happens on the field, they want to be entertained," said Nuse.
Nuse says in the coming season fans can expect more food options at games and an even better infield experience, and Nuse is not the only new face at Bowling Green Ballpark.
In addition to his hiring, the Hot Rods also announce the following front office promotions and hires.
Ken Clary, former Assistant General Manager of Operations, has been elevated to Senior Vice President of Operations. Clary, a member of the Hot Rods inaugural front office staff, enters his sixth season with the team after previously serving as the General Manager of the Columbus Catfish.
Promotions Manager, Jennifer Johnson, has been appointed as the new Director of Marketing and Promotions. Johnson enters her sixth season with the Hot Rods after previously serving as an intern during the team’s inaugural season and as the team’s office manager.
Matt Ingram has earned a promotion to Box Office/Season Ticket Manager after joining the Hot Rods front office staff as an account executive during the 2013 season.
Eric Leach joins the Hot Rods as the Director of Sales. Leach brings a wealth of knowledge to the team after previous stops with the Fort Wayne Wizards, Lexington Legends, and Omaha Royals.
Don DiBastiani and Connor King have also been added to the Hot Rods staff as Group Sales Manager and Account Executive respectively.
Citizens First Opening Night is Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Bowling Green Ballpark when the Hot Rods take on the South Bend Silver Hawks (D-backs) at 7:05 PM.
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