Longtime RiverHawks GM Olerud joins Nationals
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November 8, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The longest-serving general manager in the history of the Rockford RiverHawks has left the organization.

Rockford’s only professional baseball team announced on Monday that GM Josh Olerud has accepted the same role with the Potomac Nationals, the Washington Nationals’ affiliate in the high Class A Carolina League.

“On behalf of the RiverHawks, I would like to wish Josh good luck in his new position,” director of tickets and finance Brad Sholes said. “He will be missed, but it’s difficult to turn down a great opportunity.”

The Woodbridge, Va.-based club is located in the Washington suburbs. Three prominent major-leaguers, including Ivan Rodriguez, made rehabilitation visits to Potomac last year. In addition, two of the game’s top young players, rehabbing Stephen Strasburg and 2010 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper, may both play for Potomac next summer.

Olerud had been Rockford’s GM since January 2006. He joined the organization during its Frontier League championship year of 2004 and was promoted to director of sales following that season.

During Olerud’s five seasons as general manager, the RiverHawks opened Road Ranger Stadium, hosted the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game and Cubs/White Sox Legends Game, moved to the Northern League and set new standards for attendance and corporate partnerships. In 2010, the RiverHawks increased attendance by 16 percent and drew an all-time record of nearly 2,900 per game.

The RiverHawks plan to announce his replacement this week.

Advertising and season-ticket information for the RiverHawks’ 10th season is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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