McGhee Named General Manager of New NWL Franchise in Kenosha

Kenosha Baseball LogoPRESS RELEASE – The owners of the Northwoods League’s newest franchise, Kenosha Baseball, announced that Jake McGhee has been named the club’s first General Manager. McGhee will start immediately at the office at historic Simmons Field in Kenosha.

Jake McGhee - Kenosha Baseball“After a comprehensive search, we realized the best candidate to lead Kenosha’s newest team was an individual that we have worked closely with for the last three years,” Kenosha Baseball owner Conor Caloia said. “Jake McGhee has excelled in all aspects of our operation ranging from sales to management to community relations. He will be a great ambassador for Northwoods League baseball in the greater Kenosha area.”

McGhee has spent the last three years with the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League advancing through the organization. After starting as a seasonal operations manager, McGhee has worked with Madison’s corporate community the last two years consulting CEO’s and decision-makers on group outings and employee entertainment. He recently completed his second season as a Corporate Account Manager. McGhee has also overseen the Mallards game day experience the last three years, supervising more than 70 fan experience ambassadors. He has also been involved in the Mallards field maintenance operations, financial management and stadium management. McGhee is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his bachelor degree in Finance and Spanish. He is originally from Hartland, WI.

“I’m looking forward to making Kenosha my new home and can’t wait to bring a great baseball product to this city,” said McGhee. “My experience in Madison has prepared me well for this and I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have this opportunity in such an outstanding community.”

McGhee was hired by the Kenosha Baseball ownership group of Steve Schmitt, Vern Stenman and Conor Caloia. The Kenosha Baseball ownership group also operates Northwoods League franchises in Madison and Wisconsin Rapids.

“The City of Kenosha will enjoy getting to know Jake,” said Kenosha Baseball Owner Vern Stenman. “Our business is all about fun. Jake’s energy and ability to work with people will drive the fun atmosphere that will define the fan experience at Simmons Field, starting in 2014.”

McGhee joins Kenosha Baseball’s Marketing Manager, Nick Heyerdahl, in the front office. Kenosha Baseball is currently hiring additional full-time employees. For more information log onto  If you have interest in applying or have other questions please send an email with a cover letter and resume to or call the Simmons Field office at 262-653-0900.

Later this fall, Kenosha Baseball is tentatively planning on hosting an event at Simmons Field to unveil the name and logo for the team as well as the first phase of improvements to Simmons Field.

Kenosha Baseball are members of the 18-team Northwoods League. The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate League in North America. In 2013, the Northwoods League celebrated it’s 20th season.


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3 responses to “McGhee Named General Manager of New NWL Franchise in Kenosha

  1. Mark

    It’s going to be a tough sell, judging by the attendance numbers the Kroakers put up. In five years they averaged 327 per season.

    • ballparkbiz


      I think we are talking apples and oranges here. Schmitt and company will do it right, just as they have in Madison and Wisconsin Rapids. The renovations and the new franchise will stir the curiosity on the front end, and what they do will keep fans coming back. The market is certainly big enough to make it work, if it’s done right.


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