BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues have tapped a familiar local face to fill their vacancy at general manager.
Bristol Central alum, Bristol Sports Hall of Fame member and recently-retired superintendent of the Bristol Parks and Recreation department Ed Swicklas has been brought in by the city’s FCBL team to join the front office.
“We figured Ed was the guy to go to,” Blues owner Elliot Scheiner said. “And he knows everyone.”
During his time at Bristol Central as a student, Swicklas was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. He also had stints coaching both the Rams and Bristol Eastern. Swicklas has also been connected to the Blues since they came to Bristol.
“My wife and I have been a host family for the Blues for a couple of years,” he said. “We enjoy this brand of baseball. We enjoy it quite a bit. I will be interested to watch these kids perform.”
For Swicklas, the new position is an exciting next chapter.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s almost in the same line as my job [at the Parks and Recreation department]. It’s just more selected to just baseball.”
Swicklas’ former job and his Bristol roots both contributed to what made him attractive to the Blues as their next general manager.
“He was in charge of all the recreational activities in Bristol,” Scheiner said. “He [took care of Muzzy] Field. He knew exactly how the field works and he knew all the insides of the park. For us, it was important to have someone who knew all that. He’s just a well-liked guy.
“We keep going back to seeing how many people we can have working at ballpark or supplying the park being totally from Bristol. We all love baseball and we do it because we love it. We feel like it’s a cheaper form of entertainment for the Bristol audience.”
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