Don’t call it a comeback. The Fayetteville SwampDogs are pleased to announce the return of Joe Vasile to the team as the Assistant General Manager for the 2015 season. Vasile will once again be handling the radio broadcasting and media relations duties for the team as well.
Vasile spent the 2014 season as the Broadcasting and Media Relations intern for the ‘Dogs, where he was voted as the Coastal Plain League’s Broadcaster of the Year.
“My time in Fayetteville last summer was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Vasile. “The passion and support of the community is unlike anything I’ve experienced with any other organization, which made the decision to come back to the SwampDogs an easy one.”
Since the end of the 2014 season, Vasile has been working as a broadcaster with ESPN Radio’s Williamsport, Pa. affiliate, primarily covering Wilkes University football and basketball, while assisting in the station’s Little League World Series coverage. He also recently returned from broadcasting the 2015 International Bowl games from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas featuring the USA National Football Teams.
Vasile graduated from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. in December 2013 with a degree in Communication Studies: Radio/TV/Film. The Paramus, N.J. native served for three years as the Assistant Sports Director at WTSR-Trenton, the Sports Director of Lions Television for two years, and for parts of two seasons as a broadcast engineer on the Trenton Thunder radio network.
“This is what the Fayetteville SwampDogs are all about,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “It is an amazing feeling to hire a former intern to our full time staff. His energy, enthusiasm and work ethic made him stand out from his peers and helped make my decision that much easier. In a long line of successful broadcasters for the Dogs, Joe was the first to be honored as the CPL Broadcaster of the Year which speaks volumes about his professionalism. To say I’m proud to welcome Joe to the staff is an understatement.”
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are in their 15th season playing in the Coastal Plain League. The SwampDogs are one of the most successful franchises in the league’s history, making the playoffs seven times in the past nine seasons, reaching the championship round three times. The SwampDogs boast 84 alumni taken in the draft and have produced seven players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. The SwampDogs open their season on Tuesday, May 26th with a 7:05 pm tilt with the Morehead City Marlins at J.P. Riddle Stadium. To reserve your seats for the 2015 Summer of Fun or for more information, call the SwampDogs offices at 910-426-5900.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 19th season in 2015, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 75 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. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.