Sure, he had heard the talk for years, with Stein growing weary of the road warrior status that came with also being president of another Minor League Baseball team –– the Omaha Storm Chasers –– compounded by the strain on the time his regular job placed on his continued dedication to community service. But Poteat, who had worked for Stein off and on for nearly a decade, figured that day was still at least a year, if not two, down the road.
Instead, more than five months since Stein announced he was leaving and just a couple of weeks away from the Legends’ April 12 home opener, Poteat now readies himself for his first season without Stein being a cornerstone of the front office. He’s also preparing for his initial season as the team’s new general manager.
Poteat, 34, was named general manager shortly after Stein stepped down. He takes over for Andy Shea, who had served as the general manager for four seasons and will now assume Stein’s duties as president as well as chief operating officer.
A native of Owensboro, Poteat first worked for the Legends as an intern in 2002. He returned to the team in October 2004 as a corporate sales representative and was named director of marketing two years later, a role he has had since.
“It was time for him,” Shea said. “He’s been with the Legends for more than eight years now. He’s seen and done a lot of things. He’s seen what other successful and unsuccessful minor league baseball clubs do. He’s done a little bit of everything here between corporate sales, marketing, worked in the parking lot, all sorts of customer service activities and projects, and seen the non-Legends side of things in terms of community events and communications. This was a natural fit and he’s hit it completely in stride. We haven’t skipped a beat.”
That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a learning curve for Poteat, a board member for the YMCA of Central Kentucky who graduated from the University of Kentucky and now lives near Boston Road.