Joining the Shuckers front office is Assistant General Manager Hunter Reed, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Dani Polen, Head Groundskeeper Will Lairamore and Assistant Head Groundskeeper Glenn Thompson. Jenifer Truong will now serve as Community Relations and Promotions Coordinator.
“We are extremely excited about the new additions to our team. We believe we have an All-Star staff in place who will help continue to build the Biloxi Shuckers brand and provide the best fan experience in Minor League Baseball,” said Shuckers General Manager Chuck Arnold.
Hunter Reed joins the Shuckers after spending 13 seasons with the Appalachian League’s Greenville Astros and 10 as the club’s Assistant General Manager. Reed will assist with the day-to-day operations for the Shuckers, while leading the team’s sponsorship, ticket and group sales, advertising, marketing and promotions efforts.
While in Greenville, Reed’s duties included gameday production, in-game promotions, maintaining the team website, online store orders, media relations, layout of the official game program, coordinating player appearances, and assisting with group and corporate sales.
Previously, Hunter served as the Director of Marketing and Media Relations for the Astros during 2006 and worked as an operations assistant during the 2005 season. Reed’s experience also includes the classroom, serving as adjunct faculty at East Tennessee State University, teaching Sport Marketing and Public Relations courses.
Over his tenure with the Astros, the club was given the Appalachian League Promotional Award of Excellence from 2007-2009, Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Award (Short Season) in 2008 and Appalachian League Community Service Award in 2016. The Astros took home the Appalachian League Championship during the 2015 season.
A native of Piney Flats, TN, Reed received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sport Management from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. He was very active in his community, which included serving as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville.
Dani Polen joins the Shuckers as Sales and Marketing Coordinator after serving as the Administrative Marketing Coordinator at The McCaughan Company Real Estate in Brandon, MS. where she managed and implemented the company’s marketing plan. Polen’s previous experience includes two years as the Director of Operations at Thimblepress Design & Letterpress in Jackson, MS.
Dani’s marketing background also includes serving as the Development and Services Coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation and Marketing and IONM Technician for NeuroProtective Services, both located in Jackson, MS. This is not Dani’s first experience in baseball, having previously worked for the Mississippi Braves during their second season in 2006, in Sales and Community Relations.
Polen will be focused on growing the Shuckers’ marketing efforts in the community, social media and sales.
Originally from Brandon, MS, Polen is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Minor in Graphic Design. She then went on to pursue and receive a Master of Business Administration.
Will Lairamore joins the Shuckers as Head Groundskeeper after serving as the Athletic Turf Supervisor at USA Stadium in Millington, TN, where he was responsible for the stadium’s upkeep and grounds, as well as four city recreational baseball and softball fields.
Previously, Lairamore worked for five years for Middle Tennessee State University baseball, responsible for complete maintenance and upkeep of the MTSU baseball field and complex. Lairamore gained experience in Minor League Baseball, serving as a grounds intern for the Double-A Jackson Generals in 2013 and Triple-A Louisville Bats in 2014.
A native of Maryville, TN, Lairamore graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business.
Glenn Thompson will serve as Assistant Groundskeeper after joining the Shuckers during the 2016 season. Prior to joining the Shuckers, Thompson spent two years at Pearl River Community College, serving as Assistant Baseball Coach and in charge of athletic maintenance. Thompson spent four of the last six years coaching in the Petal School District, focused on field maintenance. While at Petal, the school won two 6A State Baseball Championships in 2010 and 2011.
A native of Hattiesburg, MS, Thompson graduated from William Carey University with a Bachelor in General Studies/Physical Education.
Jenifer Truong will now serve as Community Relations and Promotions Coordinator after working as the club’s Sales and Marketing Coordinator the previous two seasons. Prior to joining the Shuckers during the inaugural season in 2015, Truong spent three years working with the men’s basketball team at Southern Miss. She created brochures and flyers for camps, clinics, and events, assisted with team travel, and coordinated ball kids.
A native of Pass Christian, MS, Truong is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in sport management.
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The Shuckers will open their third season at MGM Park on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 6:35 pm. New season tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 am. Fans can Download: 2017 Shuckers Schedule by clicking the link.