Jeff Vohs worked his way up from intern to general manager of the Beloit Snappers in just four years, then hung onto the job for seven more seasons.
Wednesday, however, came the news Vohs will step down and leave baseball for the world of banking.
“It’s been fun,” Vohs said. “It’s always been a challenge and that’s what I liked about the job. In terms of my family, however, it was time to move on. I’m glad I’m staying in the area. Beloit has definitely grown on me.”
The Snappers also announced Wednesday that Assistant GM Matthew Bosen has been named the organization’s 10th GM in its 30-year history.
“Over the last four years, I’ve learned a great deal about the proper way to run the Snappers from Jeff (Vohs), I appreciate all the knowledge that he’s passed on to me that he’s picked up throughout his 11 years,“ said Bosen. “I’d like to thank the Board of Directors for giving me this chance to run the organization.”
Both Vohs and Bosen rose up the ladder with the Snappers.
A Burlington, Wis., native, Vohs was hired as an intern in 2001 and moved up to Director of Tickets & Merchandise in 2002. The next year, he was Director of Game Day Operations before stepping up to the Assistant GM slot in 2004.
The following season, at age 24, Vohs replaced Brian Barkowski as GM. The past few seasons, he has focused on Pohlman Field while the Snappers have researched and sought funding for a new stadium.
“The Board keeps working on that project,” Vohs said. “I’ve always focused on what needs to be done here. Since we have a small front office, we can’t commit time to that project and make sure we stay viable in our current ballpark situation. I hope things get better in the economy and something gets done with a new stadium. But Matt will have to do the same thing I did — focus on Pohlman Field.”
The past six seasons have all been positive financial years for the franchise. Vohs will continue to be concerned with finances. Starting in November, he will work at Gateway Community Bank in Beloit as a Commercial Lender.
“It has been an honor to work with the Snappers board of directors, staff, volunteers, the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers during my 11 years with the organization,” said Vohs. “I have made a lot of great friends at the ballpark, and wish nothing but the best for the organization and Matt Bosen as I move on to an exciting, new challenge in my career.”
Snappers Chairman of the Board Dennis Conerton is sorry to see Vohs leave.
“In all the year’s I’ve been involved with the Snappers (over 20 years), Jeff has been the best general manager I’ve ever worked with, said Conerton. “We wish him the best of success and I’m positive we’ll see him at the ballpark in the future.”
The Snappers Board of Directors didn’t need to search far for Vohs’ replacement. Bosen, 30, has been with the organization since 2008.
“Based on his experience and knowledge of the organization, along with his sense of our business philosophy and his understanding of the market, I feel confident he’ll do very well,” said Conerton.
Bosen, a Collinsville, Ill., native, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Sport Management in 2006. He began his baseball career in 2007 with the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) as a box office Intern. In 2008, he started with the Snappers as Director of Ticket Operations & Merchandise. He held that title for three seasons before his promotion to Assistant General Manager in 2011.
Bosen will be able to draw on the experience of three returning full-time employees for the 2012 season — Beloit’s 31st in pro baseball. Matt Glocke is entering his third season with the team, second as Director of Corporate Sales & Promotions. Head Groundskeeper Kevin Dvorak and Director of Media & Community Relations Justin Waters will return for their second seasons.
“It will definitely help having strong people in those roles,” Bosen said. “That’s a great start. Plus with Jeff not leaving town and having a lot invested in the organization, I’m sure I can use him as a great resource.”
The Snappers and Twins still have one year on their current player development contract. Bosen expects that contract to be extended soon.
“Our relationship with the Twins has always been great,” he said.
The Snappers will open up their 2012 season when they face the Peoria Chiefs at Pohlman Field on April 5.