PRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League, the country’s largest summer collegiate baseball league currently operating in the US and Canada, announced today that Gary Hoover has been promoted to President after serving as Vice President and General Counsel.
Hoover has served as the League’s General Counsel since 2007, and has been Vice-President since February 2014. In his capacity as VP and General Counsel, Hoover has worked on League expansion, facility leasing, and assisted in the development of new initiatives including an online ticketing system, video broadcasting agreements with Google/You Tube, and the creation of the Northwoods League Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt corporation operating primarily in the communities where the Northwoods League has teams.
“I’m very excited to assume some of the duties previously held by Dick, and look forward to working with him and the very talented group of people in the League office,” said Hoover. “Dick co-founded the League and masterfully grown it to the point where we believe it has had an enormous influence on baseball nationwide. I plan to follow his cue and continue the League’s growth and having a positive impact on the Northwoods League, its Affiliates, and the communities where we play – while having fun.”
Dick Radatz, Jr. – who co-founded the Northwoods League in 1994 and who has served as President and CEO since 1996 – will maintain his role as Chairman of the Board. “I am pleased to pass the torch to Gary, as I have worked with him now for several years and have seen firsthand his commitment to the League and its development,” said Radatz. “While I will continue a very active role at the League, I enthusiastically welcome Gary as our new President and look forward to working with him as we team to make the League even stronger.”
Gary earned an MBA from the University of Denver, a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law, and Bachelor of Science Degree from Metropolitan State University. Gary is married with two grown children, and resides in Michigan.
Northwoods League Introduces New Team in Rockford, IL
PRESS RELEASE – The league where Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Curtis Granderson, Mark Melancon and well over 100 other current and former major-league baseball players once spent their summers is coming to the Stateline.
The Northwoods League announced on Tuesday, October 13, in a press conference at the BMO Harris Bank Center that it has awarded a franchise to the Rockford area for the 2016 season. The franchise will be owned and operated by Rockford Baseball Properties, LLC and will play its home games at a to-be renamed stadium in Loves Park.
“We’re excited to bring our product to the greater Rockford community and to the wonderful facility in Loves Park,” said Northwoods League President Dick Radatz, Jr. “The fact that 194 players got drafted last year kind of speaks for itself as far as the talent running around the Northwoods League and drawing over 1.1 million fans speaks to the quality experience we’re offering to fans league-wide.”
The team has signed a five-year lease with Gurnee-based Northside Bank, the owner of the ballpark at 4503 Interstate Blvd. previously known as RiverHawks Stadium, Road Ranger Stadium and Aviators Stadium. The Northwoods League team has no ties to any of the prior teams.
The team is owned by Radatz, a co-founder of the Northwoods League. Chad Bauer, the team’s general manager, has successfully launched new Northwoods League teams in Green Bay and Mequon, Wisc.
“Coming into a startup like Rockford, the top three things we want to accomplish are: elevating the appearance of the stadium, by cleaning and repairing the things that have been neglected; hiring a friendly and professional staff; elevating the quality of our concessions to a restaurant-quality level,” Bauer said. “We’ve found in other markets that these three things are key elements to successful franchises.”
With the addition of Rockford to the South Division the La Crosse Loggers will move from the South to the North Division for the 2016 season.