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Vic’s the Pick: Hounds announce longtime sports executive Vic Gregovits as Team President

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Vic’s the Pick: Hounds announce longtime sports executive Vic Gregovits as Team President

From Riverhounds SC report

Riverhounds SC has hired longtime sports executive Vic Gregovits as its new team President, bringing home a Pittsburgh native with more than 30 years of experience in sports management to lead the club’s front office. 

“I’m honored to have the chance to return to Pittsburgh and lead one of the founding teams in USL,” Gregovits said.

“The Riverhounds have a special place in both USL history and in Pittsburgh sports, and I look forward to helping the team continue its growth at Highmark Stadium.”

Gregovits was raised in West Homestead, Pa., and is a graduate of Bishop Boyle High School and Robert Morris University, where he received his degree in sports management. He is no stranger to soccer in Pittsburgh, as he began his career as an intern for the Pittsburgh Spirit indoor soccer team during the 1985-86 season.

From there, Gregovits embarked on a career that has included stints with the Minnesota Strikers indoor soccer team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Indians as Director of Ticket Sales, the Philadelphia Eagles as Vice President of Sales, the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football as President, and back home with the Pittsburgh Pirates as Vice President of Marketing and Broadcasting from 1997-2003.

After serving with the Pirates, Gregovits also returned to Robert Morris as the CEO of the school’s Island Sports Center Complex and had a second stint with the Cleveland Indians as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, serving nine years in that role from 2004-13.

Most recently, he was President of the Louisville Bats, the Class AAA minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. He also has consulted with sports franchises across multiple leagues with naming rights agreements, corporate partnerships and strategic planning.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to make the Riverhounds a top team, on and off the field, we’re thrilled to bring someone with Vic’s experience and leadership to Pittsburgh,” Riverhounds owner Tuffy Shallenberger said.

In addition to his sports roles, Gregovits has served on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and on the Robert Morris University Board of Trustees.

Vic and his wife, Patty, have two children, Jason and Samantha.

The last time the Riverhounds’ Team President was someone other than Shallenberger holding the interim role, was in 2015, when Richard Nightingale held the post from late 2014 through the end of the 2015 season.

 

 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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