The Hickory Crawdads have announced that assistant general manager Douglas Locascio has been promoted to general manager, according to a press release from the team.
Locascio will take over for Mark Seaman, who stepped down from his position to join the City of Hickory in the newly created position of Recreation and Sports Tourism director.
"I am grateful for this opportunity and am excited about this next chapter with the Crawdads," Locascio said via the release. "Thank you to Mark for his guidance over our ten seasons together and for his dedication to the team."
Locascio joined the Crawdads organization in March 2010 as an interim ticket operations manager. He was hired full-time the following season to become the director of ticket operations and merchandising.
After the 2014 season, Locascio was promoted to executive director of sales and merchandising. He was named the assistant general manager in January of this year ahead of his 10th season with the team.
During his time in Hickory, Locascio has been an active member of the community. He is an ambassador to the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Hickory Metro Sports Commission, Catawba County Partnership for Children and the Hickory Young Professionals, where he was named to the HYP’s Top 10 Under 40 list in 2016.
Seaman leaves the Crawdads in his 11th season. He will be replacing outgoing Parks and Recreation director Mack McLeod, who retired June 1 after 37 years of service. Prior to working with the Crawdads, Seaman spent three years with Front Row Motorsports and more than a decade with the Tennessee Smokies baseball team.
The Crawdads also announced that Skip Moser will assume Locascio’s position as assistant general manager. Moser joined the team prior to the 2018 season after working at the Hickory Soup Kitchen for 10 years. He will continue to oversee stadium operations and will also serve as a key member of the group and corporate sales team.