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Andrew Phillips brings four years of NPF experience

AKRON, Ohio -- Looking to continue the momentum from their 2011 team’s second place finish in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) regular season, the Akron Racers have added Chicago Bandits Director of Tickets and PR, Andrew Phillips, to the full-time front office staff.

“Andrew has done a great job for the Bandits the past four seasons. As our Director of Marketing Services/PR, we hope to tap into the knowledge and ideas he acquired during his tenure with the league. He can hit the floor running and that is a huge plus for our organization,” commented Joey Arrietta, President/GM.

Phillips spent four seasons working for the Bandits, under which time the team won two NPF Championships and opened a brand new, $6 million stadium in Rosemont. As Director of Tickets and PR, the Bandits attendance rose 15 percent this past season and season ticket holders increased 150 percent with the new stadium.

With an expanded staff, the Akron Racers are hoping to improve upon their attendance and partnership numbers this season. With the addition of a brand-new surface parking lot and the adjacent parking garage just a few feet from the front steps of Firestone Stadium, the Racers’ fans will have an easier access to the ballpark.

Phillips’ responsibilities with the Racers will include public and media relations, social media, developing an internship program, group and season ticket sales and sponsorship sales.

On the field, the Racers are hoping to improve upon a 2011 second place finish in the NPF standings which saw the team fall to Phillips’ former employer in the first round of the 2011 NPF Championship Series. This will be the 11th season of operation for the Racers franchise and Arrietta has high hopes for the franchise.

“I believe we have established a new direction for our organization by assembling key veteran players and very talented rookies this past season. For the first time in several years the Racers have stability in the coaching staff with the selection of Eric Iverson as our field manager. I am very excited about the moves we are making on and off the field to set the bar for the NPF,” noted Arrietta.

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