Big shift: Andy Milovich, the long-time front-office exec with Palisades Baseball and the West Virginia Power (Low Class A; Sally League), takes the reins of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High Class A; Carolina League).
Milovich spent the past 19 seasons with Palisades Baseball, including stints as the top executive of the Erie (Pa.) SeaWolves from 1997-98, the Mahoning Valley (OH) Scrappers from 1999-2004, and the Power since 2005. He will begin his tenure with the Pelicans in mid-January.
He replaces Scott Brown, who departed to take over as GM of the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League).
"After an extensive, industry-wide search we are thrilled to add someone as talented, experienced and relationship-oriented as Andy to lead the Pelicans front office team," said team Chairman & Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg. "It truly is a credit to the strength and appeal of the Grand Strand community and our organization that we have been able to attract such a proven industry leader. Andy's years of experience as a successful club operator alone make him a great fit to lead the club, and his career accomplishments are remarkable. But what makes him the absolute perfect choice is his character, enthusiasm, commitment to building long-lasting partnerships in the community, and shared vision to provide the best ballpark experience and the most fun, affordable family entertainment option on the Grand Strand."
Milovich's career highlights include being named the 1997 Sporting News Minor League Executive of the Year and 2000 New York-Penn League Executive of the Year, while his 1999 Mahoning Valley club was awarded the prestigious John H. Johnson President's Trophy for overall franchise excellence in Minor League Baseball. Andy has also been instrumental in launching brand-new ballparks in Erie (1994), Mahoning Valley (1999) and West Virginia (2005).
"I'm incredibly excited to join the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Greenberg Sports Group," said Milovich. "I've known Chuck Greenberg for a long time and have a tremendous amount of respect for his group's accomplishments. My wife and I can't wait to make Myrtle Beach our home and start developing the relationships for a long and successful stay on the Grand Strand while building on the franchise's strong foundation established under Scotty Brown and North Johnson."
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Andy holds degrees in both Business Administration and Sports Management from Valparaiso University in Indiana and a Master's Degree in Sport Management from the University of Georgia. While at Valpo, he was a four-year letter winner for the Crusaders baseball program. It was during his college career that Andy got his start in professional baseball, spending the 1990 season as an intern with the South Bend White Sox in the Midwest League. He also worked for teams in Tucson, Arizona and Madison, Wisconsin before joining Palisades Baseball in 1994.
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