Quatraro is Manager in Columbus, Holland is General Manager In Myrtle Beach
May 26, 2008
NORFOLK, VA-- Former Monarch baseball standout and ODU Sports Hall of Famer Matt Quatraro ('96) is manager for the Columbus Catfish, and former Monarch pitcher Bobby Holland ('98) is General Manager at the Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach.
This is Quatraro's first year as their manager. The Columbus Catfish are the "A" affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. They are members of the South Atlantic League. This is his third year overall as a pro manager. He managed in Hudson Valley in the New York Penn League.
Quatraro was the 1996 Old Dominion University's Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. The all-purpose performer played the outfield, firstbase, thirdbase and caught while hitting .413 in 1994 and .416 in 1996.
He is one of only two Monarchs to hit .400 for his entire career. Quatraro helped lead ODU to CAA championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and three straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Quatraro was named second team All-American by the Baseball Coaches Association and BASEBALL AMERICA in 1996. He was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American squad that year. In 1994, Quatraro was selected CAA Tournament MVP. He was drafted in the eighth round by Tampa Bay and graduated with a degree in history.
In 2002, Quatraro was presented the Citizenship Award while playing for the Durham Bulls for his contributions in the Durham area. He was inducted into The ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Bobby Holland was named General Manager of the Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach in April. Holland is currently tenth all-time at ODU with 64 games appeared in. As a freshman, Holland picked up the victory in relief in ODU's 1996 CAA title win over James Madison.
Holland joins Ripken Baseball after serving as Senior Vice President for the Potomac Nationals Minor League Baseball Club. The Potomac Nationals are the high class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and compete in the Carolina League. Holland was in charge of the overall operation of the team and was instrumental in its marketing and promotion during his two-year tenure. Holland was hired as General Manager in 2006, promoted to Vice President in 2007, and was named Senior VP prior to the 2008 season.
Holland spent an additional four years working in Minor League Baseball serving as Ticket Operations Intern, Ticket Operations Manager, and Corporate Sales Manager for the class AAA Richmond Braves in Richmond, Virginia. Holland also worked as Director of Marketing for Live Nation concerts overseeing the Washington DC and Baltimore markets. Holland was responsible for the marketing and promotion of all Live Nation concerts, festivals, and comedy shows in those markets.
Holland will oversee the day- to-day business operations of the Ripken Experience. "We are excited to have Bobby join our team in Myrtle Beach," said Ripken Amateur Baseball VP Rob Weinhold. "With Bobby's wealth of experience in the baseball industry we feel he will serve as a great leader as our business in Myrtle Beach continues to grow." The Ripken Experience has teams from over 31 states and Canada on schedule for the 2008 summer season representing a 60% increase in team business from 2007.
The Ripken Experience is a world-class amateur baseball complex located in central Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and opened in June 2006. The facility features 2 regulation size diamonds and 5 youth diamonds. The fields are designed after historic ballparks from baseball history, such as the Polo Grounds and Griffith Stadium. Each baseball field features the popular synthetic playing surface, FieldTurf, used by many professional and collegiate teams worldwide. This surface allows for a more consistent playing surface, reduces the risk of injuries, and lessens the chance for rainouts. The complex also features a training island with 3 Ripken-designed infield training circles, bullpen mounds, batting cages, and bunting stations that can be used for pre-game practices. The facility hosts amateur baseball tournaments, camps, clinics, and fantasy camps, as well as a variety of other special events and sports.