RiverKings announce administrative changes

Mississippi RiverKings

July 30, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings

News Release

SOUTHAVEN—The Memphis RiverKings announced several administrative changes on Friday, July 30, naming a new team governor, business manager and director of hockey operations to the top spots in the organization.

In addition to his regular duties as the RiverKingsÂ’ Vice-President of Business and Marketing, Gary Saunders will assume the responsibilities of representing the team as governor among members of the Central Hockey League council.

‘Kings Office Manager, Carol Ayers, was promoted to Business Manager. She will oversee all hiring and business transactions, in addition to office operations. ‘Kings Head Coach Mark Richards will also assume the responsibilities of Director of Hockey Operations in the wake of Kevin Ryan’s exit from the company last week to pursue other professional opportunities.

“I’m really excited about the changes,” RiverKings President Robin Grindstaff Costa said. “I feel like our staff is really talented and has great chemistry together. It’s a great team already, and I feel like these promotions within the company will only make it stronger.

“We had a good year this past season.” Costa’s smile widened. “By God and by Richie (Coach Richards), however, I am expecting to win the championship this year.”

Team captain Don Parsons was optimistic about the changes as well.

“I’ve been here for four years going on five, and I really want the best for the team,” he said. “There is nobody better suited for the Business Manager position than Carol Ayers. Gary is great to work with and is already a great ambassador for us at league meetings. As for Mark, we’ve been friends since college and I’ve had the privilege of playing on the same team with him more than once, and being champions with him in two different cities. These moves are great for the company, and have my vote of confidence, for sure.”

The RiverKings’ home opener will be Oct. 23 at the DeSoto Civic Center. Schoolchildren and season ticket holders will get a special preview of the ‘Kings team during the second annual Face Off Field Trip earlier in the month of October. For more information, call Stacie White at 662-470-2153.

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