Front Office

Front Office

address and hours

FRONT OFFICE/MAILING ADDRESS: 1 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401
PHONE: (802) 655-4200
GENERAL QUESTIONS: [email protected]
OFFICE HOURS: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

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Chris English leads the investment group that purchased the Lake Monsters in March of 2021. English has been involved as an owner and operator in the baseball industry for many years- at the affiliated, independent and collegiate levels.

After serving as the Lake Monsters Assistant General Manager 1997-1999 and the team's General Manager 2000-2009, C.J. returned to the team in 2021 as Senior Vice President. A 1992 graduate of Rice Memorial High School and 1996 graduate of Keene State College, C.J. was named 2003 New York-Penn League Executive of the Year Award and 2006 recipient of the Robert Julian Community & Baseball Service Award. After leaving Vermont in 2009, C.J. spent 10 years as Senior Vice President of the Connecticut Tigers.

In 2021, Knudsen was named Executive of the Year in the Futures League following the Lake Monsters' massively successful first season in the league.

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 102

Dave joined the Lake Monsters front office to oversee the day-to-day operation of the franchise as General Manager in June of 2021. Previously, he spent 12 years in the front office in Norwich, Connecticut, including as General Manager of the Connecticut Tigers/Norwich Sea Unicorns from 2016 until 2021. During that time he played a pivotal role in the successful rebrand of the team from Connecticut Tigers to Sea Unicorns and in the transition from the New York-Penn League (MiLB) to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

Dave’s baseball career began in 2009 when he served as Community Relations & Promotions Assistant for the Connecticut Defenders (Class-AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants). He was then hired by the Connecticut Tigers (Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) in 2010 as Director of Community Relations & Promotions and promoted to Assistant General Manager in December of 2013 before taking over as General Manager in March of 2016.

Born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, Dave graduated from Stonehill College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. While at Stonehill College he was a member of the men’s hockey team. Dave currently resides in Winooski, Vermont.

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 101

As the Director of Baseball Operations, Morgan is in charge of the recruitment of players for the Lake Monsters. If you are a college-eligible player who is interested in the Lake Monsters, please contact Morgan by email.

EMAIL: [email protected]

Brown had a standout collegiate baseball career during which he was the 147th captain in the Harvard University program's history. He also received All-Ivy League recognition as a shortstop twice and won Ivy League and Beanpot titles in 2005. In addition, he was named to the All-Ivy Academic Team and ESPN the Magazine All-Region teams. He was awarded the Francis Burr '09 Scholarship as a senior, the oldest continually awarded prize in Harvard Athletics.  Brown was also a national finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

While at Harvard, Brown played summer baseball in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League with the Wareham Gatemen as well as in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with the North Adams SteepleCats.

Brown initially returned to Harvard in the fall of 2010 as an Assistant Coach, a position he held for four seasons and has served as Director of Baseball Operations for the program since 2014.

Following his collegiate career, Brown spent time in the Can-Am League with the North Shore Spirit, Brockton Rox, American Defenders of New Hampshire and Les Capitales de Quebec in addition to time spent playing professionally in Belgium and Australia.

Jack joined the Lake Monsters front office in 2021 as Box Office Manager after working as part of the team's game day staff since 2012 including box office assistant in 2019. After graduating from Burlington High School in 2016 with the Ruth Henderson Memorial Business Scholar Award, Jack received his degree in Sport Management at Towson University in 2020. In January of 2022 he was promoted to Director of Ticket Sales and Gameday Operations.

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 109

Alex joined the Lake Monsters in the spring of 2022 as the Director of Concessions & Events. He is bringing many years of restaurant and brewery experience to the ballpark. His goal is to provide high quality food and beverage service, while continuing to grow the concessions options at Centennial Field. Alex grew up in Madison, WI, attending the Madison Muskies baseball games, (now the Mallards), with an annual trip to Wrigley Field, where his love of baseball was born. Alex then attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, bringing him to the region for the first time. As part of his duties Alex will also oversee the non-gameday events at the ballpark.

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 110

Paul has been the Lake Monsters Director of Media Relations since the team's first season in 1994. After graduating from Rice Memorial High School in 1985 and attending Asbury College (Wilmore, Kentucky) 1985-1990, Paul worked in the Sports Information Office at the University of Vermont during the 1990's and is still a member of the stat crew for UVM mens & womens hockey and basketball games. He was inducted into the Vermont Principals' Association (VPA) Hall of Fame in 2010 and runs the website www.vermontsportshistory.com

EMAIL: [email protected]

Bente joined the Lake Monsters front office in 2022 as Bookkeeper and Merchandise Manager after working as a part of the team's game day staff since 1999. As part of her new duties Bente will be responsible for the merchandise operation of the team, a year-round operation that sees Lake Monsters gear shipped across the country as well as internationally!

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 105

James Konrad joined the Lake Monsters in 2021 as Social Media & Content Manager while completing his studies at UVM. During 2021 he managed the team's digital and social media presence. Konrad was hired in a full-time capacity in December of 2021 as Marketing & Community Relations Manager. In his new role he will continue to oversee the Lake Monsters social media and video content while also working to engage the community and  strengthening the team's bond with Burlington and its surrounding towns. James attended Bellows Free Academy high school in St. Albans, Vermont and went on to receive a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Vermont.

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 108

Clark joined the Lake Monsters front office in 2021 to facilitate group outings. Clark grew up in the Burlington area and graduated from Burlington High School in 2016. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Sports Management from the Grossman School of Business, Clark joined the Lake Monsters in the spring of 2021. 

Clark first attended Salisbury University before transferring to the University of Vermont. While at Salisbury University, Clark played on their Men’s Division III lacrosse team. Once at UVM, he continued his lacrosse career for the Men’s Division I program. 

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 103

Nick joined the Lake Monsters front office in 2022 as Box Office Manager after working as part of the team’s game day staff since 2019 as a box office salesman. In 2021, Nick was part of the game day management team. After growing up in Essex and graduating from Essex High School in 2018,  Nick received his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland in May of 2022.

EMAIL: [email protected]

PHONE: (802) 655-4200 x 1

2022 COACHING STAFF

Pete Wilk was named Manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters prior to the 2021 season. In the team's first season as a member of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, Wilk led the Lake Monsters to the Futures League Championship after a regular season record of 42-24. In the process the team set a new league record for regular season wins (42) and total wins (46) as well as the longest win streak in league history at 14 games (July 1-20).

After starting the 2021 season 12-28, the Lake Monsters went 30-6 over the final 36 games, including a 23-2 record in the month of July.

After the season, Wilk was named Manager of the Year in the Futures League.

Prior to his time in Burlington, Wilk served as Head Coach of the Georgetown University baseball program since 1999. Wilk molded the Hoyas into a competitive program in the always-tough BIG EAST Conference and his 400-plus wins make him the all-time winningest coach in program history.

While at Georgetown, Wilk was an Assistant Coach for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod summer league,  before taking over the helm of the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League in 1998 and 1999.

Before becoming Head Coach at Georgetown, Wilk served as an Assistant Coach at Georgetown for two seasons (1998-99), Head Baseball Coach at Acton-Boxboro High School in Massachusetts, and as an Assistant Coach at Harvard University for four years (1992-95). He began his collegiate coaching career at Boston University where he was an Assistant Coach for two seasons (1990-91).

 

Matt Fincher joined the coaching staff of the Lake Monsters prior to the 2021 season. Fincher joins the Lake Monsters after serving as Head Coach of the University of South Carolina Upstate baseball program for 22 seasons (1998-2019). In 2012 Fincher was named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.

The Athens, Georgia native also comes with extensive summer collegiate coaching experience, having served as Assistant Coach for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League for 10 seasons (1997-2006) and had his uniform number (#23) retired by the Chatham A's when he retired on August 5, 2006. Other summer collegiate positions included time in the Northeast Collegiate League, the Jayhawk League and the Alaska Central League.

Fincher's coaching career began in 1985 at Eastern Illinois University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant Coach. Other positions included stints as Assistant Coach at Georgia College & State University (1986-1990), Assistant Coach at University of Georgia (1994-1996) and Interim Head Coach at Andrew College (1997).

Chris Richard joined the Lake Monsters coaching staff for the 2021 season. Chris is a native Vermonter, born right here in Burlington. Richard attended Norwalk Community Junior College where he led the NJCAA in batting average, RBIs and home runs before being drafted by the Montreal Expos in both 1998 and 1999. Richard has been active in coaching and instruction locally for many years, including time spent with the Vermont Storm AAU team, Essex Legion and Essex High School baseball programs, and as the PBR Vermont Director of Scouting.

Hogan Penny joins the Lake Monsters coaching staff for the 2022 season. Penny began his coaching career in 2021 when he was named an Assistant Coach at Trinidad State College in Colorado. A native of Paradise, Texas, Penny played his college baseball at Wayland Baptist University and Upper Iowa University.