Stampede Name Jim Olander Team President
Sioux Falls, S.D. - The Sioux Falls Stampede announced Monday that Jim Olander will serve as team president. Olander has served as executive vice president of business operations with the club since 2013.
A native of New Brighton, Minn., Olander will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. He previously served directly under former President and CEO Tom Garrity, now president and commissioner of the United States Hockey League since the summer of 2018. In his former role, Olander assisted with the day-to-day operations and was responsible for obtaining and fulfilling corporate partnerships with the organization. During this time, the organization was awarded three USHL Organization of the Year honors between the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2017-18 seasons.
The Sioux Falls Stampede have ranked first overall in league attendance for the past six seasons and are currently on pace for the seventh straight season, averaging over 6,000 fans per-game. During the 2015-16 season, the club set the USHL single-season attendance record, drawing 200,597 fans over 30 games at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
"We are thrilled to name Jim Olander president of Sioux Falls Sports, LLC., the owner and operator of the Sioux Falls Stampede," said Brian Schoenborn, one of the team's majority owners.
"Jim is an amazing broadcaster and sports business executive who has worked tirelessly over the past 16 seasons to elevate the Stampede and help it make a major impact in the Sioux Empire and across the entire sport of hockey. Assuming the role of president is the next logical step for someone who cares so deeply, has done so much and is so highly respected. Jim could work at any level of sports, but he and his wife are committed to raising their family in Sioux Falls. We are so very fortunate to have him leading us and know the best is yet to come for Jim and the Stampede."
Olander has also had a hand in the success of the promotional side of the business, creating the famous Wiener Dog Night, which has been a staple of Stampede hockey for the past 12 seasons and seen at venues across various levels of hockey. The Stampede recently received national attention last month when the team rebranded as the Sioux Falls Fighting Wiener Dogs. The event consistently draws sellout crowds.
Olander began his career as the director of broadcast and communications at Sioux Falls Sports in 2003. In 2009, he was promoted to the vice president of broadcast and communications and currently in his 16th season as the "Voice of the Stampede." He will continue to call games for the Herd this season and recently celebrated his 1000th career game milestone. His calls include the 2005-06 Anderson Cup season and two Clark Cup championship seasons.
The Stampede return to action this Saturday to host the Sioux City Musketeers at 7:05 p.m. at the PREMIER Center for Stomp's Birthday Bash presented by Dental Solutions. The first 1,000 fans will receive a limited-edition Stomp puck. Tickets are available through the PREMIER Center KELOLAND Box Office.
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