The Greenville Drive announced today that Drive General Manager Mike deMaine will step down from his post at the end of the current season. He will remain with the organization through the end of the year, assisting the team with the transition to a new general manager. Team co-owner and President Craig Brown stated that he and team officials will start a search process later this month to select deMaine's successor.
"Mike has made a tremendous impact on the success of the organization, having served as general manager since the Drive’s inaugural season at Fluor Field in 2006. His contributions have been vital to the community engagement platform that we've built in Greenville," stated Brown. "He helped create the Drive brand, open our award-winning ballpark, and develop legacy events like the Reedy River Rivalry game. His impact on our organization will be felt for many years."
"We've been fortunate to have the opportunity to build our organization in a community as wonderful as Greenville," added deMaine. "The success of the Drive has been more than we could have hoped for when we started in 2006, and we're proud of how we've built the organization into a key piece of the fabric of the community. I'm very grateful for the opportunity that Craig Brown and his partners gave me in Greenville, as it's truly the best market in Minor League Baseball."
In the franchise's eight seasons the Drive has been recognized for its commitment to the Greenville community, having been applauded as a catalyst for economic growth and job creation in Greenville's Historic West End and throughout the Upstate. The team has won numerous awards for its community engagement and marketing programs and has drawn more than 325,000 fans in each of its seven seasons. Under the leadership team headed by Brown and deMaine, and through the efforts of the Drive staff, Fluor Field has also become a sought-after venue for high-profile college baseball events including the highly popular Reedy River Rivalry Game featuring South Carolina and Clemson, the Southern Conference Tournament, and the annual HBCU Classic for historically black colleges and universities.
"I'm very proud about what we've been able to accomplish in Greenville over the last seven and a half seasons, but I am also excited about exploring opportunities outside of baseball," added deMaine. "I've been fortunate to work in different sports, build two ballparks, and create some unique events over my years in sports. I'm looking forward to taking my experience and expertise and exploring how it can be applied to businesses outside of baseball."
"As we move forward to a new era in Drive leadership, we'll besearching for a leader who sharesa dedication to the organization's core values - a commitment to the community, excellence in customer service and providing an affordable and family friendly atmosphere," stated Brown."We have earned a reputation as a professional baseball team with a deep bench and a strong commitment to excellence, and we are confident that we will find a new leader who will continue to build the Drive brand in a positive, community-oriented fashion."