Lexington County, SC-The Blowfish announced today that Brian Larkin has been promoted to Vice-President of Shanahan & Company Sports Management/Blowfish Baseball and Theo Bacot has been named the new General Manager of the Lexington County Blowfish Baseball Club.
Larkin joined the Blowfish as GM in October of 2016 after three seasons with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double A Minor League Affiliate Cincinnati Reds/Southern League).
Brian shared his thoughts about his new position. “I am blessed and thankful to be able to accept the VP role within Shanahan & Company Sports Management and the Lexington County Blowfish. Vicki, Bill and the rest of the Blowfish staff are like family. I have the upmost respect for them and I am looking forward to being able to continue to be rooted as well as serve within Lexington County. What an exciting time it is be a part of such a wonderful community as it continues to grow!”
Theo Bacot accepted the General Manager position after three years with the Biloxi Shuckers (Double A Minor League Affiliate Milwaukee Brewers/Southern League). The Shuckers ranked first among high performing minor league baseball teams in customer satisfaction. Theo graduated from East Carolina University with a Sports Studies degree and Communications minor and is originally from Raleigh, NC. His first job in sports was with the Durham Bulls the summer of 2010. Theo also spent a year working for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball team and another working in the Coastal Plain League for the Wilmington Sharks.
“I am extremely grateful that owners Bill and Vicki Shanahan trust in me to be the next General Manager of the Lexington County Blowfish. I am looking forward to joining the Lexington County community, and getting to know everyone. I am excited to join an outstanding organization and build upon the great foundation that Brian already has in place,” stated Bacot.
Larkin added, “We are excited for the Blowfish family to be growing. The Shanahan’s and myself are thrilled to have Theo joining our team as we are looking forward to seeing his passion, values, and intelligence spread throughout our Lexington County communities. Our staff firmly believes in the “One Team One Dream” mentality. Now with stronger management, we truly feel that the sky is the limit in showcasing Lexington County’s Home Team. Not only this, but the 2018 CPL All Star Show will raise awareness and magnify how well Lexington County loves the game of baseball. Our mission statement is: To continually help enhance the quality of life in Lexington County!”
In addition the Blowfish announced other staff title changes:
Kyle Calhoun has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. Throughout 2017, Kyle assisted and executed group sales for the Blowfish. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina majoring in Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE). Calhoun will oversee all phases of ticket operations which includes group outings, season tickets as well as game day. Kyle will continue to sell/service groups and supervise ticket sales training of the popular All You Can Eat Baseball Packages.
Anna Grace Foell is the new Director of Marketing & Promotions. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE). AnnaGrace began as an intern managing game day entertainment during the 2017 season and is overseeing game presentation and the 2018 CPL All-Star Show campaign set for July 8th and 9th at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.
Anna Vergelli is the new Director of Community Relations. Responsible for the community outreach programs as well as the Lexington County Elementary Schools Reading Program. Anna joined the Blowfish during the summer of 2017 as an intern and is a junior at the University of South Carolina in Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE).
Lawson Estridge is interning with the Blowfish and handling Media Coordination on the off season. Lawson attends Lexington High and was the team photographer during this past season. The Blowfish are excited to continue in our development programs for Lexington County High Schools and their students.
Robbie Hardy will continue as Director of Stadium Operations. Robbie is originally from Columbia, SC and finished his undergraduate work from the USC and has his Master of Science degree in Sports Management from American Public University. He and his wife, Lea, currently live in Lexington County and have been married for 17 years and have 3 boys, Tyler, Scott, and Greyson. Robbie teaches at Gilbert High, has been a high school business education teacher for 16 years, and a high school coach in South Carolina for 20 years. Robbie has helped coach the Blowfish in 2010, 2011, 2016 and oversees the Blowfish Summer Baseball Camps at Lexington County Baseball Stadium
Seasonal staff announcements will be forthcoming.
About the Lexington County Blowfish:
The Lexington County Blowfish are entering their thirteenth season in the CPL and fourth season at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The collegiate “Boys of Summer play in the Coastal Plain League with players recruited from the state, region and the nation which include players from the USC Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers. The Blowfish has twice been voted Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year, The Blowfish are owned and operated by Lexington County residents Bill and Vicki Shanahan.
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 95 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII.