LEXINGTON COUNTY BLOWFISH NEWS - Team announces staff changes
Lexington County Blowfish co-owner Bill Shanahan announced general manager Theo Bacot has accepted a position with Learfield IMG Sports.
Bacot has taken on the role as Manager of Business Development for Blue Raider Sports Properties with the Learfield IMG College team representing Middle Tennessee State University Athletics.
"I’m thankful for my time with the Lexington County Blowfish," Bacot said. "I will miss Bill and Vicki Shanahan who allowed me to grow under their watch. I cannot put into words what they mean to my fiancé’ Jess and me.
"The community really welcomed me and I am thankful for all of the relationships that I have built here. This is a great town and county to live with even better people. The Lexington County Blowfish are in great hands and will continue to move forward without missing a beat. I look forward to the Olympic theme and watching the team pull off another season full of promotions and family fun."
The Blowfish organization wishes only the best for Theo.
"Theo has been a tremendous and respected leader for the Blowfish team over the last two seasona," Shanahan said. "This is a great career opportunity for Theo. Vicki and I wish Theo and Jess all the best in their next chapter in their lives. Most of all, we value their friendship. Though--this change provides opportunities for career growth for other team members within the Blowfish organization. We're excited to announce promotions within our front office staff that are well deserved."
Justin Hall is moving up into the role of Assistant General Manager.
Hall is entering his 4th season with the Blowfish, beginning as a University of South Carolina intern in 2017.
Hall, who has been Director of Media and the broadcast voice of the Blowfish, will now be overseeing multiple facets of the organization, including corporate partnerships and media.
"I’m blessed to be in the role of Assistant General Manager,” Hall said. "As a Lexington County native and resident, I look forward to continuing to grow the great brand that is Blowfish Baseball both on the field and in the community.”
Matthew Jinnette, another former USC graduate from 2017, has been promoted entering his 4th season with the team.
"I was happy to accept the position of Director of Operations for the Blowfish, overseeing food and beverage, merchandise, events, accounting/finance, and helping with group sales," Jinnette said. "I feel it best allows me to be a utility player and embrace the 'One Team, One Dream' mentality we've made popular.
"I'm excited to continue to help propel the Blowfish forward as we quickly approach the 2020 season. Go Team Blowfish!"
Matthew Schwartz has also been promoted to Director of Tickets, overseeing group sales and all ticket operations.
Schwartz started with the Blowfish this past summer as Box Office Coordinator and is completing graduate school at USC this month.
More front office personnel announcements will be forthcoming in January.