Knights GM chosen as FCBL Executive of the Year

NASHUA – Nashua Silver Knights general manager Ronnie Wallace faced all sorts of different challenges in his third season on the job.

And he came through with flying colors – so much so, in fact, that he was named the Futures Collegiate League Executive of the Year on Wednesday.

This was the first year Wallace had to operate without the resources of the Lowell Spinners, which Silver Knights owner Drew Weber sold in April. He also basically was the chief decision-maker after team president Tim Bawmann resigned in April as well.

"Ronnie worked through several off-season front office changes to make 2016 the most succeful in Silver Knights history," FCBL commissioner Chris Hall said. "He has a tremendous work ethic with a passion for baseball, community and for the fan experience."

While he didn’t have a large role in selecting the players – vice president and manager B.J. Neverett handles most of that – Wallace worked with Neverett on several occasions and also directed the business operation to what is expected to be a profitable season.

Also, team attendance increased by 10 percent over 2015 with an average of 1,334 fans a game. That figure put them, according to the FCBL, in the top 40 in the country for summer collegiate league teams.

Wallace, along with assistant general manager Cheryl Lindner, helped the team raise thousands of dollars for local and regional charities.