The Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League are proud to announce the addition of Sara Killeen to their front office team, making them an all-female staff for the upcoming 2023 baseball season. This historic move for the league demonstrates the Salamanders’ commitment to promoting diversity and gender equality in the sports industry.
General Manager Shari Massengill, who joined the Salamanders in 2022, will lead the team of talented women, which includes Director of Corporate Partnerships, Amanda Gillis and Killeen, the newly appointed Ticket Sales Manager. Massengill has a wealth of experience in sports management, having previously served as the General Manager for Kinston when they were the MiLB Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians and Assistant General Manager for the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves.
“I am thrilled to lead an all-female front office team for the Holly Springs Salamanders this season,” said Shari Massengill, General Manager of the Holly Springs Salamanders. “Our organization is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality in the sports industry, and I am proud to work alongside Amanda and Sara to achieve that goal. As we start Women’s History Month, we hope to inspire more women to pursue careers in sports and to continue to break down barriers in this industry.”
Gillis brings great experience to the Salamanders, having worked at organizations such as Ripken Baseball and the High Point Rockers. Her dynamic leadership and unwavering passion for baseball have been a welcome addition to the team since joining in 2021. As the overseer of all sponsorship sales and fulfillment for the Salamanders, Amanda’s expertise and enthusiasm are invaluable in driving the team’s success.
Meanwhile, Killeen joins the Salamanders with over a decade of experience in sales and customer service, having previously worked for the Durham Bulls and the Wilson Tobs (also of the CPL). In her new role, Killeen will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of ticket sales and customer relations for the team.
This announcement coincides with Women in Sports Day and Women’s History Month, making it an especially poignant moment in the league’s history. The Salamanders are proud to lead the way in promoting gender diversity and equity in the sports industry and look forward to an exciting season ahead.
For more information on the Holly Springs Salamanders and their all-female front office team, please visit their website, www.salamandersbaseball.com or follow them on social media.
About Holly Springs Salamanders:
The Holly Springs Salamanders are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League. Starting in 2015, the Salamanders have been bringing family-friendly entertainment to fans for eight seasons. In that time, the Salamanders have seen 40 players taken in the MLB Draft, including two – Andrew Wantz (Los Angeles – AL) and Brian Miller (Miami) that have debuted in the Majors. For more information on the Salamanders, please visit their website, www.salamandersbaseball.com and follow them on all social media platforms at @HSSalamanders.
About Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. The CPL is currently comprised of 14 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had nearly 1,750 alumni drafted and 163 alums make their Major League debut. Most notable alumni include Justin Verlander, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, Kevin Youkilis, Chris Taylor, Alec Bohm, Jake Cave, Chas McCormick and NFL Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @CPLBaseball.