04/21/2017 12:00 AM
Max Gross (L) and Robert Galm (R) are two interns who started their sports careers in the PGCBL.
Year in and year out front offices of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s (PGCBL) member teams have served as a training ground for future sport industry professionals. Since 2011, while also watching numerous players climb the professional ranks, several former interns from around the league have gone on to successful careers in the field, too.
“Summer leagues are always touting how many of their players move on to professional baseball, but the owners in the PGCBL also take a tremendous amount of pride in developing the talent of the students who work with us off the field,” PGCBL President Jeff Kunion said. “It is so very rewarding to see these young entrepreneurs succeed after spending time in the PGCBL.”
Here are some of the latest examples of off-the-field all-stars, who have honed their skills with a PGCBL team in recent seasons:
Angela Dasch | Coordinator, Sport Services for Special Olympics Florida – Miami-Dade County
In the summer of 2015, Dasch helped the Saugerties Stallions hit the ground running in their first-ever season in the PGCBL. Then an undergraduate student-athlete at Barry University in Miami, Fla., she served as the Stallions’ Director of Operations. Fast forward two seasons, Dasch, a winner of two NCAA Division II National Champions with Barry’s rowing team, is pursuing a Master of Science in Sport Management at her alma mater, and is employed as a Coordinator, Sport Services for the Special Olympics office in Miami-Dade County.
Bunta Hasegawa | Guest Services Manager – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
While completing his Sport Management degree at the University at Nebraska at Kearney, Hasegawa spent the 2015 PGCBL season in Glens Falls, N.Y., serving as an Assistant to the General Manager and a Game Operations Intern with the Glens Falls Dragons. It was that internship that helped him land a position with the Washington Nationals as a Guest Services Representative the following year. Hasegawa now has taken his talents overseas, as he joined the front office of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League in Sendai, Japan, in January.
A.J. Gaura | Video Coordinator – Mississippi State University
Gaura played two seasons for the Governors of Austin Peay State University, and after receiving his master’s degree in Business Management, the former student-athlete shifted to the bench as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Gaura then spent last summer at Shuttleworth Park as the Amsterdam Mohawks’ pitching coach and helped the 2016 PGCBL Champions finish with an outstanding 2.78 team ERA. He has since accepted a job as a Video Coordinator at Mississippi State University.
Max Gross | Assistant Sports and News Director | Bartlesville Radio Group
Gross recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Sports Media and has accepted a position as the Assistant Sports and News Director for Bartlesville Radio in Bartlesville, Okla. Last summer, he became known as the voice of the Newark Pilots, serving as the team’s broadcaster in addition to authoring game recaps and assisting with game day operations at Colburn Park.
Robert Galm | Production Assistant – ESPN
Before Galm graduated from SUNY Cortland with Communications degree, he spent two summers in the Capital District with the Albany Dutchmen. After joining the team as a Video Production intern in 2015, he returned last season as the Assistant General Manager. In his two summers, Galm played an integral role in the production of DutchmenTV and helped broadcast the past two PGCBL All-Star Games. In January, he relocated to Bristol, Conn., for his dream job with ESPN.
Said Galm about his time in the PGCBL, “Working for the Dutchmen provided me with my first chance to enter the sports world at a professional level. In 2015 I came to the organization rough around the edges with a whole lot to learn. By the end of my second season in 2016, and in a bigger role with the team, I think it was clear I emerged as a leader and learned valuable skills and life lessons that will live in me forever.”
Every summer, PGCBL teams hire a plethora of college students enrolled in programs such as Business, Communications, Marketing, or Sports Management, or those majoring in a similar program with an interest in a career in the sports industry. Any students who are currently seeking employment or are interested in a future position are encouraged to contact the front offices of the PGCBL’s member teams for more information regarding internship opportunities.
About the PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 13-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier wood bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. For more information, please visit www.pgcbl.com.