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RailCats GM, Highland native leaves team

2013-09-23T17:12:00Z 2013-09-23T19:26:06Z RailCats GM, Highland native leaves teamTimes Staff Report nwitimes.com
September 23, 2013 5:12 pm  • 

The RailCats are searching for a new general manager after Highland native Kevin Spudic announced his resignation from the team Monday.

Spudic was in his second season with the RailCats as the team won the American Association Championship on Sept. 14. It was his second stint with the franchise, as he was also hired when the team was created in 2002.

"I want to personally thank Pat and Lindy Salvi for the opportunity to oversee the Gary Southshore RailCats these past two seasons and wish nothing but the best for the organization,” Spudic said in a release. “Bringing an American Association Championship to Northwest Indiana in 2013 was icing on the cake. I am extremely happy for the organization and all RailCat fans."

Spudic was the architect of the original contract with U.S. Steel for the stadium naming rights and was hired in 2011 as the rights expired. He renegotiated the contract to keep the company's name on the stadium for another 10 years.

His previous professional sports stops included time with the White Sox, Kansas City Wizards, Fire, Enforcers and the Steelheads.

Spudic did not respond to messages left by The Times on Monday.

"We wish Kevin nothing but the best," RailCats’ owner Pat Salvi said in the release. “He was a valued member of our organization and I am glad that he will have a championship ring to recognize his efforts from this past season."

Pete Laven, the president of Salvi Sports Enterprises, will serve as interim GM for the team during a search for Spudic's successor. Laven was a part of the RailCats and Schaumburg Boomers franchises this season as both teams won titles in their respective leagues.

"We have full confidence in Pete’s ability to oversee the RailCats front office as we continue to our mission to bring fun, affordable entertainment to the Northwest Indiana region," Salvi said in the release. “He has been a general manager very recently and recognizes what it takes to fill that role."

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