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Bryan Wickline Named League Commissioner

The Prospect League, the elite Midwestern collegiate wood bat summer baseball league, has named Bryan Wickline as its new Commissioner.

Wickline brings a wealth of experience to the post, having been a key player in the formation of the Prospect League and the merger with the historic Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL) in 2009. Elected President at the first Prospect League Board of Director's meeting at the ABCA in San Diego, he has served in that capacity until his appointment as Commissioner. He also brings some previous time in the Commissioner's office, having spent the 2009 season as Co-Commissioner.

"Bryan brings a unique grasp of what the Prospect League is about and what we need to grow into the future," said Wink Robinson, Prospect League Vice President and Director of the Butler BlueSox. "We believe he is the catalyst that will take us to the goals we want to achieve as a League and get us to the next level."

Bryan brings over twenty years of operational experience with Midwestern baseball both in the independent professional Frontier League and in summer collegiate Prospect League baseball. A Chillicothe native and Ohio University graduate, he began working as an intern for the, then professional, Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League in 1994 and was quickly appointed Assistant General Manager for the next season. By the 1996 season, Wickline assumed the role of General Manager. The title and duties of Vice President were added in 2000.

While remaining connected with the Paints and the Prospect League, Wickline assumed the duties of President of the professional Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League in 2011. He served on the Executive Committee and the Hall of Fame Committee for the Frontier League as well as on its Board of Directors.

Among the many awards that Wickline has received are; Frontier League Executive of the Year in 1996, 1998, 2006 and 2008; Organization of the Year in '96 and '98 (Chillicothe); and selected among the nation's "Top-10 Minor League Baseball Franchises of the Year" by Baseball America Magazine.

Radwan Named Sox New Manager

The Butler BlueSox ownership group have selected Jason Radwan, a former standout player and assistant coach, to be their field manager in 2015. He will replace Anthony Rebyanski, who guided the team since 2011.

Radwan is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he started all four season. He was Butler's starting second baseman in 2011 and 2012; he was named to the Prospect League East Division All Star Team in both seasons. Radwan served as an Assistant Coach under Rebyanski in 2013 and 2014, helping lead Butler to its first-ever Prospect League playoff appearance in 2014.

"The BlueSox organization is extremely pleased to have Jason manage our ball club next year," said Wink Robinson, the BlueSox Managing Partner. "His familiarity with our approach to operating a Prospect League team is certainly an asset on which we based our decision."

Radwan (right) will be the third manager in BlueSox' history.

"More importantly though, are Jason's positive ties to our Community that he developed over the past four years. He will be an excellent role model to our ballplayers and a respectable ambassador for the BlueSox," Robinson said.

Radwan is pursuing a Master's Degree in Education at St. Bonaventure University, where he serves as the Bonnies' Women's Softball Team Assistant Coach. Radwan is a native of Farnham, NY.

Radwan's duties for the BlueSox will start immediately. He will be developing the 2015 BlueSox' roster over the next few months. He anticipates certain players from the 2014 playoff team with remaining eligibility will be returning to Butler next season.

"He certainly has some work to do contacting college managers this offseason, but we're confident he'll meet the challenge," Robinson said.

Rebyanski, who recently accepted a position at California University of PA, will serve as the BlueSox' Director of Player Development and assist Radwan in selecting the 2015 squad.

"Those two guys will work well together," said Robinson.

Next Game

May 2015