President of Operations
Mexico, MO - Capital University
Walk Up Song: Icky Thump by The White Stripes
Favorite Form of Corn: Elotes (Mexican Street Corn)
Favorite Team: Atlanta Braves
Favorite Food: The Reggie from DP Dough
Top Three Sports Movies: Tincup, The Natural, and Heaven Can Wait
Spirit Animal: Scorpion
Matt joined the CornBelters full-time in the Fall of 2019 as President of Operations. This comes after being a part of the ownership group that purchased the team in 2018 and moved Normal to the Prospect League. Prior to joining the team, he was General Manager of the Hannibal Hoots for two seasons and spent the ten years before that coaching at John Wood Community College and Quincy University.
Stembridge played baseball at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and graduated in 2007. He also has a Masters of Education in Sports and Fitness Administration from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.
Matt and his wife Melissa have three children, Maddux, Hudson, and Brielle.
Sedan, KS - Illinois State University
Walk-Up/Intro Song: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N Roses
Favorite Form of Corn: Corn on the Cob
Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Food: Peanut Butter
Top 3 Sports Movies: The Sandlot, Field of Dreams, and Rudy
Spirit Animal: Hawk
Todd Kunze’s background includes over 20 years of experience in venue development, music festivals, special events, corporate sponsorship, non-profit mediation and celebrity hospitality for over 650 events.
Todd is a graduate of Heartland Community College and Illinois State University.
He and his wife Therese have lived in Bloomington/Normal off and on for the past 28 years with adult children Johanna (Normal, IL), Danny (Arizona), Liz (New York, NY), David (Normal, IL) and Granddaughter Sarah (Denver, CO)
Director of Ticket Sales
Woodridge, IL - Illinois State University
Walk Up Song: Get It All by GTA
Favorite Form of Corn: Grilled Corn on the Cob
Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Food: Anything BBQ
Top Three Sports Movies: Moneyball, Remember the Titans, and Space Jam
Spirit Animal: Otter
Matt enters his third season as a member of the CornBelters front office. He started as an intern with the team in May of 2018, and began running the CornBelters ticket sales department towards the end of that season. Durkin is originally from Woodridge, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Business Administration in May of 2020.
Director of Facilities
Normal, IL - Illinois State University
Walk Up Song: That’s My Kind of Night by Luke Bryan
Favorite Form of Corn: Popcorn
Favorite Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite Food: French Fries
Top Three Sports Movies: Miracle, Field of Dreams, and Coach Carter
Spirit Animal: Mountain Lion
Gavin enters his fourth season as a member of the CornBelters staff. He started as a concession worker. During his second season, he helped oversee the concession stands and was also a part of the stadium operations team. This will be Gavin’s second year as our Director of Facilities. He is from Normal, Illinois, graduated from Normal Community High School, and is currently attending Illinois State University.
Normal, IL - The Corn Crib
Walk Up Song: Lights Come On by Jason Aldean
Favorite Form of Corn: There’s Too Many to Pick
Favorite Team: CornBelters (Duh)
Favorite Food: Popcorn
Top Three Sports Movies: Field of Dreams, Rookie of the Year, The Sandlot
Spirit Animal: Cornasaurus
Corny is the official mascot of the Normal CornBelters! He was born on August 7th of 2009 at 10:00 AM right here at the Corn Crib. Our Cornasaurus will be at every CornBelters game this summer taking pictures with fans and dancing to his conga line! In his free time, Corny enjoys taking strolls through corn fields, trolling mascots on Twitter, and watching baseball.