Tony Calmeyn officially took over responsibilities as general manager of the Bandits on Feb. 1, 2017, following an ownership change which saw the Village of Rosemont take over full control of the team.
Calmeyn guided the Bandits to consecutive NPF Championship Series appearances through her first years as general manager, which included a trip to the Cowles Cup final in 2018. In joint coordination with the coaching, Calmeyn proceeded to trade for the No. 1 overall picks in the 2018 and 2019 NPF Drafts. The Bandits selected Oklahoma standout left-hander Paige Lowary with the first selection of the 2018 draft.
Calmeyn worked as a financial analyst for the Village of Rosemont prior to joining the Bandits. Since 2008, she has handled the village's monthly financial reporting, annual budget and payroll implementation.
In addition to her added role as the general manager of the Bandits, Calmeyn has continued her duties as a financial analyst for the village.
Jourdan Skirha is in her first season as the assistant general manager of the Chicago Bandits.
Previously, Skirha served as the Bandits' director of operations and promotions. Prior to that, she interned for the Bandits beginning with the 2014 season.
Skirha is a graduate of Drexel University, where she received a degree in sport management. She was rostered on the Dragons' softball team, competing at the NCAA Division I level, and was a captain her senior year. Skirha was a CAA commissioner academic award winner in 2016 and 2017.
Skirha was a 2017 cooperate education award winner at Drexel based off her co-op experience with the Bandits.
She graduated from Oak Forest High School in 2012 and currently resides in Rosemont.
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Frank Cargola is the director of operations for Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
A longtime Village of Rosemont employee, Cargola has worked in public safety for over 30 years and served as the manager of the Dome in Rosemont.
Alex Flasch is in her third year as the director of ticket sales for the Chicago Bandits.
Flasch has significant experience working in the sports world and most recently served as an account executive for the WNBA's Chicago Sky.
A recent graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis, Flasch received her degree in sport business management. She also competed on Maryville's softball team at the NCAA Division II level, and held a spot on the student-athlete advisory committee.
While at Maryville, Flasch took part in numerous volunteer groups and was a three-year member of the Great Lakes Conference All-Academic Team.
Flasch currently resides in Rosemont.
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Thomas Porter is in his first season as the communications coordinator for the Chicago Bandits. He is responsible for all aspects of the communications department, including social media, press releases, game notes, game recaps and content development.
Porter previously served as a media relations intern for the Bandits during the 2017 season.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and currently resides in West Chicago, Illinois.
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Samantha Payton is in her first season as the graphic design coordinator for the Chicago Bandits.
Payton previously served as a media relations intern during the 2018 season.
In addition to her role with the Bandits, Payton works as a graphic design and photography intern for the Carthage College Office of Communications.
Payton currently resides in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Mike Knezevich is entering his 10th season with the Bandits.
Knezevich graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and furthered his academic career at the Columbia College School of Broadcasting and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
Knezevich's first broadcast job came with WLTH 1370 AM in Gary, Indiana. While at WLTH, Knezevich ran the boards Friday nights and hosted a daily, 90-minute sports talk show called "The Sports Page." In 1990, Knezevich earned a promotion to sports director at WLTH.
In 1994, Knezevich landed at Regional Radio Sports Network (RRSN) where he broadcast Northwest Indiana high school sports, including football, basketball and baseball. Knezevich is now the vice president at RRSN.
Knezevich earned induction into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame in 2012 after being previously honored by the ISSA as the 2006 "Mary Bates Indiana Sportscaster of the Year." Knezevich is also a four-time recipient of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's "Indiana Sportscaster of the Year" award, an distinction which he co-shared with Don Fischer, the radio play-by-play voice of the Indiana Hoosiers.
Knezevich currently resides in Downers Grove with his wife Barbara, son Ryan and daughter Elayna.
Extra innings with Mike:
- Favorite professional sports team: 2005 Chicago White Sox.
- Favorite college sports team: 1998 national champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Favorite broadcast moment: 2005 Valparaiso Vikings capturing their first state championship in northwest Indiana boys soccer history, culminating an undefeated season with an overtime win over Fort Wayne Canterbury and a shutout of East Central.
- Favorite sports moment: "The Green Machine" defeating USC by a 49-19 final at Notre Dame Stadium on the way to the 1977 National Championship.
- Favorite sportscasters: Bob Costas, Wayne Larrivee, Tony Roberts, Ray Scott, Lloyd Pettit, Lindsey Nelson, Paul R. Condry.
- Favorite sportswriters: Bob Verdi, Rick Riley, Bill Gleason, Jerome Holtzman.
Team Medical Staff
Dr. Schuster has treated patients as a Chiropractic Physician since April 1996.
He received his doctorate from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard and his Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb.
Dr. Schuster served as a paramedic fireman in the Chicago Northwest suburbs for ten years before entering Chiropractic School. He has been treating the Schaumburg area for over 15 years as owner and Chiropractic Physician of Total Athleticare. Dr. Schuster is focused on improving the health of his patients through the use of chiropractic care, injury rehabilitation, and nutritional counseling.
Dr. Schuster is a staff doctor at St. Alexius Hospital, and a member of the American Chiropractic Association and Illinois Chiropractic Society.
Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI has served as the official team dentist for the Chicago Bandits since 2013! Dr. Jackson is co-owner of Oral Health Care Professionals, LLC located at 2033 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove Illinois.
As a comprehensive family dental practice, he provides general, cosmetic, and elective dentistry for both children and adults living in and around Downers Grove as well as the great Chicagoland area. Surgical placement and restoration of dental implants, guided bone regeneration, laser surgery/dentistry, Invisalign orthodontic treatment, oral sleep apnea devices, and minor periodontal surgeries are just a few of the additional procedures offered in-office which allows us to provide the most comprehensive and convenient dental care possible.
Learn more about Dr. Jackson by reading his full biography at www.ericjacksondds.com/our-doctors.html.
Interested in scheduling an appointment? Call (630) 963-6750 to schedule and experience for yourself what sets his office apart from other dental practices!
Softball legend and former Bandits pitcher Jennie Finch serves as the franchise's board advisor to the National Pro Fastpitch league.
An global icon for fastpitch softball, Finch retired from the game at the conclusion of the 2010 season. During her time in Chicago, the right-hander captured the NPF's Co-Pitcher of the Year award in 2005. She later pitched a pair of perfect games for the Bandits in 2009 and 2010 against the Philadelphia Force and Akron Racers, respectively.
The NPF issues the Jennie Finch Award during its league banquet at the end of each season as an honor bestowed upon a player who exhibits success both on and off the diamond.
Finch has remained a staunch supporter of growth in the game of softball and holds instructional camps throughout the year, including an event in Rosemont. For more information, please visit her official page at https://www.jenniefinch.com/.
Swiper the Bandit enters his 14th season as the official mascot of the Chicago Bandits and helps ensure a unique and exciting atmosphere throughout all games at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
His responsibilities include:
- Being as photogenic as possible with fans
- Waving emphatically to fans around the ballpark
- Issuing grade-A high-fives during lineup introductions
- Helping to promote the Bandits through party and community event appearances
Extra innings with Swiper:
- Favorite color: Blue (or orange ... he can't decide)
- Favorite food: Unattended concession stand items
- Favorite song: Literally anything with an epic guitar solo
- Hobbies: Dancing, pulling pranks, hand-drumming and hanging out with AWESOME fans at the ballpark