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 for 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 for 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.

eric@goswampdogs.com

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. Matt and his wife, Tra-My, are new parents to their daughter, Amelia!

matt@goswampdogs.com

Ethan Brown

Cheif Hospitality Expert of Fantertainment

Ethan has been growing up in Fayetteville for the past 12 years. Graduating from Whitmore School at 17, he began accumulating customer service and sales experience. Ethan worked as game night staff with the Swamp for the 2014 and 2015 seasons selling, popcorn, cracker jacks, hotdogs, drinks, and the like in the stands with catchy song parodies. Now he is back full-time to help each fan find the right ticket package for their schedule and helping everyone have an incredibly fun night.

ethan@goswampdogs.com

Mike Sellers

Marketing Representative

Mike begins his first season with the Fayetteville SwampDogs working in Executive Sales Mike has lived in Fayetteville, NC his entire life and played baseball locally for Douglas Byrd Senior high and also played baseball locally for Fayetteville American Legion Post 202. Mike continued playing baseball after high school for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he was a standout closing pitcher with his career ERA ending at 0.99. Mike also traveled to Russia in 1991 during the summer and played baseball with an American Squad that traveled throughout Russia playing baseball against several Russian National teams. After traveling many years playing baseball all over the country Mike settled into coaching. His first coaching job was at his Alma Mater Douglas Byrd Senior High School and then he later moved to Seventy-First High School. Currently, Mike is on the coaching staff at Freedom Christian Academy where he focuses on the pitching staff. Mike’s love of baseball led him to the SwampDogs where his goal is to help the ownership Keep Baseball Fun. Mike is married to his high school sweetheart Tracey and they have one son named Ty. Mike loves to help coach Ty’s Dixie Youth baseball team and watch his son improve on the diamond. Mike’s other hobbies include boating, beach trips and having fun on the lake. Mike and Tracey also host two foreign exchange students…Manriqe Alvarado from Costa Rica and Quie Jie from China who are both here playing high school basketball.

mike@goswampdogs.com

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.

jackson@goswampdogs.com

Olivia Caughey

Summer Intern

Olivia is a Fayetteville native and a 2014 Terry Sanford graduate. A rising senior at East Carolina University, she is a communications major with a focus in public relations and a minor in sports studies. She is the athletics communications assistant for ECU Athletics, a member of the Student Pirate Club Executive Board, and a sister of Kappa Delta Sorority. Her dream job is to be a public relations specialist for a professional team. Olivia is excited to help the Swampdogs grow stronger ties in the community and work on new social media initiatives. When she isn’t at The Swamp, Olivia is most likely spending time with her pups or enjoying a nice day in Downtown Fayetteville. Her favorite food is sushi and was voted “Most School Spirit” in high school, which translates well into her work!

olivia@goswampdogs.com

Chase Moody

Summer Intern

Chase is from San Angelo, Texas and attends the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He is majoring in sports entertainment management and law, with aspirations of being a sports agent. Before beginning at USC, he was an aerospace engineer for the US Air National Guard. He will be trying out for the football team this summer with the Gamecocks. Chase is looking forward to a great season with The SwampDogs and learning a lot!

chase@goswampdogs.com

Emily DeVito

Summer Intern

Emily is from Preston, Connecticut and is a rising senior at Clemson University. Emily is majoring in marketing, plays club softball, and works with the athletic operations department. At Clemson, she also interns with the athletic department in the Clemson athletics department. Her aspirations are to work anywhere in the sports field! Emily is most excited to gain some experience and meet new people!

emily@goswampdogs.com

Mark Mozina

Summer Intern

Mark is from Carmel, Indiana. He is a rising junior at the University of Evansville. Mark is majoring in data science and economics. At Evansville, he is the manager of the men’s basketball team. His dream job is to work a front office statistics job at a professional baseball or basketball team. Mark is most excited to be part of the SwampDogs front office team. During his short 19 years, he has been to 12 MLB stadiums.

mark@goswampdogs.com