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North Central alum Andrew Phillips joins front office of pro team

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Andrew Phillips, 2009 graduate in English, print journalism
Andrew Phillips, 2009 graduate in English, print journalism

Oct. 19, 2011—Andrew Phillips, a 2009 North Central College graduate, is joining the front office of the professional softball team the Akron Racers as director of marketing and public relations.

Prior to accepting a position with the Racers, Phillips worked with another National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) team, the Chicago Bandits. While a student at North Central, Phillips interned with the Bandits for two years before assuming the role of director of public relations, social media and ticket sales after graduation.

“He will be a great addition to the Racers,” Akron general manager Joey Arrietta said in a story in the Chicago Examiner. “Experience in our league is a little hard to find because we are so small, and he has that, being around National Pro Fastpitch for four years. He can pretty much hit the floor running.”

Phillips is particularly eager to learn more about team management, which Arrietta has promised to teach him. With a GM position in his sights, he wants to be ready should the NPF expand over the next couple years.

“I still have a lot to learn about softball,” Phillips admitted. “I’ve been given a lot of great opportunities in Chicago and learned a lot. Now I’m just as excited about learning how players are selected in the annual draft and more.”

As a student at North Central College, Phillips majored in English and print journalism and was sports editor for The Chronicle, the College’s student-run newspaper.

English and print journalism are among more than 55 majors, minors and other areas of study offered at North Central College. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors to learn more.

10-19-2011