Brad Taylor, the general manager of the El Paso Chihuahuas, was named the vice president of the MountainStar Sports Group on Wednesday, the Chihuahuas announced in a release. Taylor, who joined the Chihuahuas in 2013 from the Bowling Green Hot Rods, will remain in his current role with El Paso in addition to his new duties with MountainStar.
“It was humbling. I’m very appreciative, obviously,” Taylor said. “It’s interesting. When I interviewed for this job back in early spring, late winter of 2013, there was a hope that there was a bigger picture down the road once Triple-A baseball was solidified here with MountainStar Sports and the potential interest of doing the Chihuahuas thing right, we knew that had to be our core business and it had to be done at the right level.”
MountainStar is run by Alan Ledford, who was Baseball America’s Executive of the Year in 2007, and was the general manager of the Sacramento RiverCats until 2009.
"Throughout his tenure, Brad has done an outstanding job overseeing our day-to-day business and has been a critical part of the success of Southwest University Park and the Chihuahuas," Ledford said. "He is an integral part of this community and does a fantastic job representing our organization. This promotion is reflective of Brad's dedication, leadership, and the outstanding job he has done during his tenure. We're in the business of creating fun, memorable experiences for our fans, and Brad is extraordinary at making this organizational aspiration a reality."
Taylor has been with the club since its inception, and has seen tremendous success in the team’s three years. The Chihuahuas finished third in the Pacific Coast League in attendance this season, drawing 564,259 fans to Southwest University Park. They finished third in 2015 as well (578,952) and were fourth in their opening season (560,992).
The last figure was depressed a little bit due to construction delays at Southwest University Park which meant the team had to stay on the road until April 28. In the interim, the team played its home games in Tucson, Ariz., where they had moved from after the 2013 season.
"On behalf of our ownership group, I want to thank and recognize Brad for all he's done to make our vision for this organization become a reality," MountainStar Sports Group co-owner and CEO Josh Hunt said. "His leadership has been incredibly important as we work to continue to improve the quality of life in our region. This promotion is well deserved and we're proud he's part of our organization."
In addition to the Chihuahuas, MountainStar also owns F.C. Juarez in the Mexican Futbol Federation, and Taylor sees a lot of soccer in the future for El Paso.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that we’d like to try to bring soccer to El Paso at some point in some form,” he said. “We’d like to use more opportunities for things here at the stadium, things like boxing and other events. Hopefully there’s some growth to solidify for our company, and I’ll have a chance to contribute toward that.”