In Rome, David Lane returns to the baseball global as General Manager of the Rome Braves. Lane turns into simply the fourth General Manager of the Rome membership since its inception in 2003, following Mike Dunn, Jim Bishop and David Cross.
“We are thrilled to welcome David to the Diamond Baseball Family as we celebrate the Rome Braves upcoming 20th Anniversary season in 2023,” stated Peter Freund, CEO of workforce proprietor Diamond Baseball Holdings, by way of press unencumber. “David’s experience in the sports industry, specifically Minor League Baseball, will enable him to hit the ground running and continue to build on the best fan experience in baseball at AdventHealth Stadium.”
Lane brings over two decades of enjoy to the Braves’ entrance place of business, together with stops with minor-league organizations Charleston RiverCanine, Greenville Drive, Greeneville Astros and Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Lane was once topped Appalachian League Executive of the 12 months in each 2009 and 2010. Lane may be a three-time recipient of the Appalachian League’s Promotional Award of Excellence, receiving the award in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
When the Astros selected Fayetteville, NC, as the house in their latest Single-A associate, they selected Lane because the workforce’s first GM. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers averaged 3,632 enthusiasts per-game of their inaugural season below Lane in 2019. The Woodpeckers have been additionally awarded the 2019 Patriot Award, an award introduced to a workforce in Minor League Baseball for remarkable beef up of the United States Armed Forces and veterans, each on the ballpark and locally.
In 2021, Lane helped release the Birmingham Squadron, an NBA G-League franchise affiliated with the New Orleans Pelicans, because the General Manager. Most lately, Lane served because the General Manager for Van Wagner College at Samford University in Birmingham, AL the place he was once accountable for Samford University’s Corporate Partnership Program.
“Rome is a fantastic community with a tremendous history of support for Braves baseball,” Lane stated by way of press unencumber. “I am excited to become engrained in such a great community and look forward to transitioning my family to Rome.”
Lane is a local of Spartanburg, SC and a graduate of Clemson University. While at Clemson, he earned some extent in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.
For the River Bandits, General Manager Joe Kubly has been named Chief Operating Officer for Main Street Baseball, with Assistant General Manager Paul Kleinhans-Schulz promoted to General Manager. In that place, Kubly will oversee operations for the River Bandits, the Wilmington Blue Rocks (High-A; Sally League) and the Billings Mustangs (Pioneer League).
“Joe Kubly has proven himself as one of the most successful and smart general managers in Minor League Baseball,” Main Street Baseball CEO Dave Heller stated by way of press unencumber. “Working together with Joe, we had our best two years in River Bandits’ history. We’ve made significant facility renovations required by MLB, improved the ballpark experience for our guests, given away record amounts of money to local charities, and packed the house every weekend. I’m excited to continue working with Joe to do the same for our other clubs. He is a unique and special talent and a good friend. I can’t wait to start putting our plans in place for next season.”
Since being named River Bandits’ General Manager in 2019, Kubly led the workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic—a duration which incorporated 20 months with out internet hosting a qualified 3-hitter—to its maximum successful 12 months in workforce historical past in 2021. That 12 months, the workforce earned Ballpark Digest’s Minor League Baseball “Team of the Year” award.
Over the previous two seasons, the River Bandits set single-season information for products gross sales and amusement revenues. The membership additionally grew its social media follower base by means of 55 p.c and its achieve/engagement by means of 750%. Since 2021, Heller and Kubly have overseen greater than $2 million in ballpark renovations to convey Modern Woodmen Park as much as Major League Baseball’s new participant facility requirements and, in 2022, helped set the River Bandits’ single-season document for sponsorship gross sales.
Kubly first joined the River Bandits in 2014 as Director of Group Sales. In 2015, he was once promoted to Director of Sales and ticketing, the place he led the workforce to its very best per-game reasonable attendance in membership historical past. In 2016, he left to turn out to be President and General Manager of the Grand Junction Rockies (Pioneer League). Two years later, he was once named one in every of Minor League Baseball’s Executives of the Year.
Kubly graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art (2009) and Master of Science in Sports Management (2011).
Kleinhans-Schulz will oversee the workforce’s daily operations.
“Paul has been an integral part of our great success over the past two years,” Heller stated by way of press unencumber. “He’s everything it means to be a River Bandit: Paul is smart, focused, hard-working, and dedicated to providing all of our guests with an exceptional game-day experience. He is loved by both the Royals and our guests and does a great job. He’s completely earned this promotion.”
Since being named the River Bandits’ Assistant General Manager of Baseball Operations in 2020, Kleinhans-Schulz helped lead the membership during the Covid-19 pandemic to its maximum successful 12 months in workforce historical past in 2021. That 12 months, the River Bandits earned Ballpark Digest’s Minor League Baseball “Team of the Year” award. In addition, Kleinhans-Schulz contributed to the workforce’s single-season document for sponsorship gross sales in 2022, whilst organizing occasions together with the once a year River Bandits Golf Outing, reaping rewards the Bandit Scholars Program. He has additionally overseen the set up and operation of the workforce’s new advertising and marketing and gross sales platforms right through the ballpark.
Kleinhans-Schulz first joined the River Bandits in 2014 as an account government earlier than being promoted to Sales Manager later that 12 months. In 2016, he left to turn out to be Director of Group Sales for the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), ultimately emerging to Assistant General Manager of Sales.
In 2018, Kleinhans-Schulz rejoined the Main Street Baseball circle of relatives as Assistant General Manager of the Lowell Spinners (Short Season A; NY-Penn League), previous to accepting a identical place with the Fort Myers Miracle (High A; Florida State League) in 2019.