The Coastal Plain League has announced Ross Combs of the Morehead City Marlins as the 2021 CPL Executive of the Year. This was Combs’ first season with the Marlins and in the CPL, he served as the team’s General Manager.
“On behalf of the Coastal Plain League, I want to congratulate Ross on being this year’s Executive of the Year” said Justin Sellers, COO/Commissioner of the Coastal Plain League. “Ross brought some valuable experience from the professional ranks and added his own personal touch in operating the Marlins this summer. Overall, he was just what the organization needed as they experienced unprecedented success in several key areas including sales and attendance. We look forward to seeing Ross continue to lead the organization to new heights in the future!”
Combs graduated with a degree in Sports Management, business concentration, from Fairmont State University in 2015. During his time in college he interned for various minor league baseball teams before taking his first full-time job after graduation with the Hargerstown Suns where he eventually worked his way into the Director of Sales role. From there he moved on to the Lansing Lugnuts as their Director of Sales before joining the Morehead City Marlins prior to the 2021 season as the team’s General Manager.
His efforts were a success to say the least as “fun” was had by more people than ever at Big Rock Stadium this season when the Marlins notched the most sellouts and overall ticket sales in the 10 year history of the team. Combs was also instrumental in driving sponsorship revenue for the team, helping the Marlins to their highest revenue totals since 2011.
“We are extremely proud of everything Ross has done to help turn us into one of the best organizations in the CPL,” said Marlins owner Buddy Bengel. “We hope to have him here for many years to come and continue to grow in our successes both on and off the field.”
Joining the Marlins following the 2020 season in which the team was unable to play due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Combs had some unique challenges to overcome in regenerating interest around the team.
Executive of the Year is selected based on nominations from teams around the league. Team owners, presidents and general managers then vote on these nominees, with Combs ultimately receiving the most votes to earn the 2021 CPL Executive of the Year award.
“With the rich history of the Coastal Plain League, it is truly an honor to win this award,” said Combs. “Just look at the executives that have won this award the past few years. To be mentioned with them means a lot to me. This is not a one man operation, we had ownership, interns, and game-day staff that worked their butts off this summer. I greatly appreciate them and our fans.”
For more information on the Morehead City Marlins and all of their upcoming plans for next season, stay tuned to www.mhcmarlins.com for news and updates all off-season long.