Gerry ClarkeDirector of Team Operations
Gerry was named President of Team Operations in June 2004. He began his career in professional sports with the Chicago Cubs in 1984 where he worked in Public Relations and Sales. Other teams include the Kane County Cougars, the Rockford Cubbies and the Cook County Cheetahs of the Frontier League from 1997-2001. As the Vice President and General Manager of the Cheetahs, Gerry relocated the ballclub from Lewis University in Romeoville where the team drew an average paid attendance of 50 fans per game in their inaugural season, which ranked them as the worst minor league franchise in the country. By 1999, after negotiating a multimillion dollar stadium agreement with the Village of Crestwood in October of 1997, the team began play in the new ballpark in 1999 and drew over 2200 paid fans per game, which placed them second in the league and increased the value of the team over 300%. Gerry resigned his position with the Cheetahs in 2001 to pursue his graduate studies. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Development with a minor in marketing from Dominican University. He obtained his Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Development from Dominican in June of 2004. Since joining the Bandits, Gerry is also responsible for all revenue generating functions, sponsorship programs, ticket sales and business development activities for the team.