BayHawks Name Matt Bresee New Team President

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Erie BayHawks announced today that Matt Bresee has been elevated to the role of team president. Bresee had previously worked as the vice president of business operations.

Steve Demetriou, BayHawks majority owner, was quoted in the full press release issued on the BayHawks' Web site:

“We are extremely pleased with the Erie BayHawks’ first year as an NBA Development League franchise. Ron Sertz provided the experience and leadership to successfully launch the BayHawks and he has hired and mentored a high performing business team along the way,” said Demetriou. “Matt Bresee, who was one of Ron's first hires and handpicked to run the team, is a strong leader and shown us that he is ready to assume the team president responsibilities. On behalf of the ownership group, we want to thank Ron Sertz and we look forward to Matt Bresee taking the Erie BayHawks to the next level.”
Bresee added:

“I’m fortunate to have been part of this organization from the early stages and to be able to serve in this capacity for a team of this caliber in my hometown is a great opportunity for me and my family,” said Bresee. “We have a great ownership group and a fantastic staff in place that are committed to building on the success of our first season. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make this franchise something that the Erie community will be proud of for many years to come.”

There's also a story on Bresee's promotion by Duane Rankin on

Bresee said the franchise began discussing the transition about a month ago.

Although he's learned a great deal from Sertz, Bresee said he's looking forward to putting his own spin on the BayHawks.

"Behind the scenes within our organization, there are certainly going to be some changes day to day in terms of the way we conduct meetings to how we brainstorm new ideas," Bresee said.

Bresee also wants to make it a priority to further involve the BayHawks with the Erie community.

"We know there is a great base of basketball fans here," Bresee said. "It's one thing to say that we're committed to the area, but I think it's another thing to show we're committed.

"By doing that, spending more time at schools, out with kids. ... How do we actually make a difference and make an impact within the community."

Blog Talk BayHawk had the privlige to interview Bresee just a few weeks ago. Click here to read the full interview.


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