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Become a Host Family

Love the Geneva Red Wings – Why not host one of our players!

Are you interested in having a positive impact on
a young man’s life, possibly his baseball career as well?

Does your family love baseball?

Do you have an extra room in your
house you would be willing to provide for the summer?

This summer, approximately 30 young men from across the country will relocate to the Geneva area to play for the Geneva Red Wings of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.  The PGCBL is a summer, wood bat league where talented collegiate players come together to continue to hone their skills on the field and to pursue their dreams of becoming professional ball players.
You, as a host family, will be a big part of their success in Geneva and in their career as a baseball player. The better the “home” environment, the better the player’s performance. Players may be assigned housing as early as the first week of May, pending the length of the postseason, players may be in homes as late as the beginning of August.

Many benefits come from housing a player, whether it’s the opportunity to impact a young man’s future or allowing that same young man to be a positive role model to your children or possibly getting to know a future Major League Baseball star, your involvement in this program is vital to our team’s and the community’s success!

As a “Thank You!” for housing these players over the course of the season you will be qualified to receive the following:

  • Season pass for each member of their immediate family living in the household
  • On field recognition at a Red Wings home game
  • Discounts on Geneva Red Wings merchandise
  • Our deep appreciation for supporting the team

If you have a spare bedroom and are interested in becoming a host family, contact Bill Kohberger at 607-739-4399 or email bk13152@gmail.com or Susan Capozzi at 315-856-0545.

Former PGCBL Coach of the Year to Lead Geneva Red Wings in 2017

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Veteran manager and former Victor RailRiders head coach Dan Shwam to lead Red Wings in 2017.

GENEVA, N.Y. – The Geneva Red Wings are pleased to announce that former Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) Coach of the Year Dan Shwam has been named the team’s head coach for the upcoming 2017 season.

“I am really excited to join Geneva,” Shwam said. “I always thought Geneva had the opportunity to be really successful. I am confident we can bring more energy and more fans to the ballpark with a good brand of baseball to present to them.”

When asked about returning to the PGCBL, Shwam added “I think the league offers a lot of opportunities for these college kids to get better and the level of competition in the league is really good. The PGCBL has the potential to grow and be one of the most powerful leagues on the East Coast.”

In Shwam, the Red Wings have one of the most experienced bench bosses in the country. With him, he brings over 30 years of coaching and managerial experience and five professional championships. Throughout his 21 seasons in indy ball – 16 as a manager – he built a legacy as one of independent baseball’s all-time winningest skippers with over 650 victories.

Most recently, the Salt Lake City, Utah, resident spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as head coach of the Victor RailRiders. In the club’s inaugural season, he guided the RailRiders to a West Division Championship and a berth in the PGCBL Championship Series. As a result, he was crowned the 2015 PGCBL Coach of the Year. Last summer under Shwam’s tutelage, Victor ace Brennen Smith (Canisius) paced the league with 52 strikeouts and earned co-PGCBL Pitcher of the Year honors.

It was the second time that Shwam coached a player to the PGCBL’s Pitcher of the Year award. Prior to joining the RailRiders, he spent the 2013 season at the helm of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, where his work with Eann Cox (Black Hawk College) helped the Hawkeye hurler garner the year-end accolade.

Before his time in Cooperstown, Shwam served as head coach of the Elmira Pioneers for three seasons, beginning in 2010. That year, he was named the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) Coach of the Year after leading Elmira to a West Division pennant. It was his second stint at Dunn Field, as the veteran manager spent three of his professional seasons with the independent Elmira Pioneers of the Northeast League from 1997 to 1999. In his first season, Shwam guided the Pios to the Northeast League championship.

His other championships came in 2003 with the Jackson Senators of the Central League and in his final professional season in 2009 with the Alexandria Aces of the Continental Baseball League. Shwam’s coaching career began as an assistant with the Salt Lake City Trappers in 1987, the year the franchise established a professional baseball record with 29 consecutive wins, known famously as “The Streak.” During his five seasons with the Trappers, the independent minor league team captured two Pioneer League titles.

The Geneva Red Wings are entering their 15th season of competition and their second in the PGCBL, the premier summer collegiate baseball league in the state of New York and one of the of the most competitive wood-bat leagues in the nation. Season tickets for the 2017 season at McDonough Park are on sale now. For more information, please contact General Manager Bill Kohberger at 607-739-4399 or by email at info@genevaredwings.com.

PGCBL, NECU Announce Three-Year Deal

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The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League has reached a three-year agreement with the New England Collegiate Umpires (NECU) to provide umpires for league games, beginning in the 2017 summer season.

“We had used some NECU umpires last year and thought they did an outstanding job,” PGCBL President Jeff Kunion said.  “When we had an opportunity to lock them up for the next three years, the league jumped on the idea.”

NECU is one of the premier umpire associations in the country. They currently provide umpires for several major NCAA conferences, including the Atlantic Coast, Atlantic 10, Ohio Valley, Sunbelt and Big South, as well as the USCAA Small College World Series. The NECU also provides umpires for other NCAA-sanctioned summer collegiate leagues, and trains umpires with a variety of clinics and sessions out of their home New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.

“We are elated to have the PGCBL under our assigning umbrella,” NECU President Rob Healey said. “When the PGCBL contacted us, there was no doubt of our excitement to have them join us for the next three seasons. We can’t wait for the summer to begin and our relationship to grow from today and the next three years.”

For more information on NECU and its programs, visit their website at www.northeastumpires.com.

About the PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 14-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier wood bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event.

July 29th is Fan Appreciation Night at the Ballpark

As the 2016 baseball season comes to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE Thank You to all our fans who came out and supported us throughout the season! Friday July 29th is our last home game for the year at historic McDonough Park and we want to make it special for our fans. Admission to the game is FREE and after the game there will be a fireworks display sponsored by IBEW Local 840! The Geneva Red Wings battle the Adirondack Trail Blazers at 7:05pm.

See you at McDonough Park!