Staff

Jeremy Aagard

General Manager

Jeremy begins his 11th season with the SwampDogs in 2017, having originally joined the front office in November 2006.  Jeremy was named the General Manager of the SwampDogs in August 2012. Before joining the SwampDogs, Jeremy was the Assistant GM of the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League for two seasons.  The Wadena, Minn. native graduated from Alexandria (Minn.) Technical College with a degree in Marketing and Sales Management, and from Northland Community Technical College (Minn.) with a degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting.  Jeremy’s main responsibility over the summer is overseeing ballpark operations, along with supervising seasonal interns.  Jeremy and his wife Andrea, have one daughter, Alyvia, born Sept. 2014.

jeremy@goswampdogs.com

 

Lew HandelsmanLew Headshot

Instigator of Fun
Lew has been instigating fun at “The Swamp” since the 2005 season.  His main responsibility over the summer is to ensure that every fan entering the ballpark has a fun, memorable experience.

 

Eric Lewis  

Assistant General Manager 

Eric begins his first season as the Assistant GM of the SwampDogs in 2017. Prior to being hired in the Fayetteville SwampDogs front office, Lewis spent the last 11 seasons as the Athletic trainer for the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Lewis brings 15 years of management, customer service, and sales/marketing experience to “The Swamp.” Prior to the front office position at “The Swamp,” Lewis served as an EMT-Paramedic in Cumberland County. He has held multiple leadership roles in Cumberland County including, president of the North Fayetteville Youth Association for six years. Lewis also served as one of the assistant JV baseball coaches for Pine Forest High School for seven years, as well as baseball coach from the T-ball level to high school athletes.

 

Matt Hollod 

Fayetteville SwampDogs Head Coach 

Hollod was announced as the new SwampDogs head coach for the 2017 season. Hollod currently serves as the pitching coach for Riverside City College Tigers in Riverside, Ca. Prior to Riverside, Hollod served as the Director of Baseball Operations for the California State University at Northridge (CSUN) Matadors for the 2015-16 season. Before his hiring at CSUN, he was the head coach for Wilkes University Colonels, a Division III program located in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Hollod was at the helm of the Colonel program from 2013 to 2015. Before arriving at Wilkes, he served as the associate head baseball coach for the DeSales University Bulldogs in Center Valley, PA. Hollod was the associate head coach at Southern Utah University in 2010 after a stint with Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He began his coaching career spending six seasons with the University of Portland. This will be Hollod’s first head coaching experience in the Coastal Plain League, but not in collegiate summer baseball. He handled head coaching duties for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League from 2010 to 2013.

 

Jackson Kaplan 

Play-by-Play “Voice of the SwampDogs”/ Media Relations Director

The SwampDogs announced Kaplan as their new play-by-play broadcaster/media relations director for the 2017 season. Kaplan will call all SwampDogs home games on the Coastal Plain League WebPass and every road contest on the team’s Mixlr Station, along with managing all of the SwampDog’s social media accounts. Kaplan has two summers of prior experience in the Coastal Plain League, working as a video intern for the CPL League Office in 2016 and as a social media/stats intern for the Morehead City Marlins in 2015. Kaplan is a sophomore at Wingate University studying communications with a focus in journalism and mass media. While being a student at Wingate, Kaplan also is a member of the athletic media relations staff serving as a sports recap and feature story writer for the school’s official athletics website (WingateBulldogs.com). He also is the public address announcer for Wingate basketball and lacrosse, announcing all home games for the men’s and women’s teams. Kaplan also was the Wingate football fill-in sideline reporter for audio broadcasts on the Wingate Sports Network.