NORMAL, IL – The Normal CornBelters have formally announced that Matt Durkin will be introduced as their General Manager today.
Matt is no stranger to working at the Corn Crib. He joined the staff in 2018 as an intern during his time at Illinois State and quickly made an impression. Working with season ticket holders and large groups, Durkin began to build relationships with customers at the park still present today. The Woodridge, Illinois native quickly moved his way into leadership upon completion of his internship. He was hired as the Director of Ticket Sales by Normal CornBelters LLC after the completion of the teams sale in late 2018.
“I am really honored to be in the position that I am today. Being General Manager of a baseball team has always been a dream of mine from a young age and I am truly fortunate to have attained this goal. I would like to thank Matt Stembridge and Jimmie Louthan for all the trust that they have put in me from a young age. I believe we have a great staff in place for sustained success and I am looking forward to watching the Corn Crib be the place ‘Where Baseball Grows’ moving forward.”
A graduate of Illinois State University, Durkin earned his degree in Business Administration from the school in May of 2020. Most recently, Matt has served in the role of Assistant General Manager for the team, and played instrumental roles in the creation of the Kernels Collegiate League and the Kernels Fall League.
The transition to day to day operations management is something President of Operations, Matt Stembridge, believes strongly Durkin will execute at a high level. “Matt has been incredibly valuable for us since our transition into the building. He has tremendous experience in marketing, graphic design and sales. Given his growth professionally, this is the next step, we believe strongly he is ready to take on a greater role as we begin the next chapter.”
Last October, Durkin was recognized as the “Collegiate Summer League Executive of the Year” by the Let’s Get Two Podcast.