Staff

JON DANOS, CEO

Jon Danos joins the Frontier League as Chief Executive Officer.  Jon most recently served as Executive Director of Athletics at his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.

From 2003 to 2014, Jon was partner, president and chief operating officer of Opening Day Partners which owned and launched four Atlantic League teams: in Sugar Land, TX, (recently appointed AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros), York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Waldorf, Maryland. During that time, Jon and his partners collaborated with communities to construct over $120 million of ballparks that have become essential to quality of life and a source of community events and local pride. He spent all his years in the Atlantic League serving on its Board of Directors.

Prior to Opening Day Partners, Jon was an executive with Maryland Baseball, LLC which owned and operated three affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles in Frederick, Bowie and Salisbury, Maryland as well as facilities management and concessions companies. He started his front office baseball career upon graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1990.

Jon, his wife Laura, twin sons Christopher and Luca, who will both play college baseball beginning next year, and daughter Ava, live in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

E-mail Jon Danos at jdanos@frontierleague.com

BILL LEE, COMMISSIONER EMERITUS

bleeAfter 27 years leading the Frontier League, Bill Lee transitioned to the role of Commissioner Emeritus on March 1, 2021.  While stepping back from the day-to-day operations, Bill will continue to serve as a consultant for the Frontier League and attend league functions.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Mass Communications, Bill played in the Atlanta Braves organization and the independent Lone Star League. He then worked for the Birmingham Barons as their Assistant General Manager and Public Relations Director before moving on to become the General Manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts. While with the Lookouts, Bill was the Southern League’s Executive of the Year in 1989. Just before joining the Frontier League, he was the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for the Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club in the Western Hockey League. Bill was chosen as Marketing Executive of the Year of that League in 1991.

During Bill’s tenure as the Frontier League Commissioner the League enjoyed great success, growing into a 16-team circuit with clubs in seven states plus two Canadian provinces.  Bill lives in Shiloh, Illinois, with his fiancée Debbie.

STEVE TAHSLER, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER – OPERATIONS

stahsler2012Steve Tahsler was promoted to Deputy Commissioner for the Frontier League following the 2009 season. Steve is entering his 25th season in the Frontier League and previously served as General Manager for the Windy City ThunderBolts. He has also been the General Manager for the Slippery Rock Sliders, Evansville Otters, and Dubois County Dragons along with serving as Director of Operations for the Otters.

Steve was selected Frontier League Executive of the Year in 2005 and 2006, while his teams won the Organization of the Year award in 1997 and a Commissioner’s Award of Excellence in 2004 and 2009. His teams have set 11 club single-season attendance records and advanced to the Frontier League playoffs in 11 out of 13 seasons, including seven appearances in the Frontier League Championship Series and winning championships in 2006, 2007, and 2008. With the ThunderBolts, Steve was selected the Minor League Executive of the Year by the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago in 2008, received an Award of Merit from the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and was voted Member of the Year by the Crestwood Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Steve is a graduate of Georgia State University where he worked in the Sports Information Department. Prior to joining the Frontier League, he also worked with the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League and was a member of the Results Staff for Baseball for the 1996 Olympics.

Steve is originally from Bay Village, Ohio (near the Lake Erie Crushers’ ballpark) and now resides in Evansville, Indiana, with his wife, Jodi.

E-mail Steve Tahsler at stahsler@frontierleague.com

KEVIN WINN, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER – STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

Kevin Winn joins the Frontier League after serving as Executive Director for the Can-Am League during their 2019 season. Kevin will oversee strategic planning, expansion, and marketing for the Frontier League.

Prior to assuming his current position, Kevin served as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Can-Am League from 2005-2018 as well as with the American Association from 2006-2018. He also has served in similar capacities in the Central Baseball League from 2002-2005 and the Texas-Louisiana League from 2000-2001. In October 2018, Kevin took over as Executive Director of the Can-Am League and led negotiations to merge the league into the Frontier League in 2019.

Prior to moving into League management, Kevin umpired in the Big South, Texas-Louisiana League and Northern Leagues. Under his tutelage, 135 umpires have been hired by Minor League Baseball, including two of his umpires — Adam Hamari (Can-Am League, 2006) and Will Little (Can-Am League 2007) who are currently umpiring in Major League Baseball. Before going into professional baseball, Kevin attended the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in 1985.

A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Kevin resides in North Granby, Connecticut, with his wife, Colonel Lori Winn, USAF and their two daughters, Kendall and Reagan.

E-mail Kevin Winn at kwinn@frontierleague.com

DERON BROWN – UMPIRE SUPERVISOR

E-mail Deron Brown at flumps1993@gmail.com if you are looking to apply to umpire in the Frontier League, be sure to include your umpiring resume with references.

Deron Brown has been involved with the Frontier League since 1996.  He umpired the league from 1996 to 2017.  He has been the Frontier League’s Supervisor of Umpires since 2011.

The Troy, Ohio native received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1988 as well as his master’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1994.  His education has been an integral part of his success in both baseball and education.

From humble beginnings, Deron, through hard work and dedication, has become an elite member of the Midwest umpiring community.  He has shown intelligence, talent, persistence, and resourcefulness while he developed as an umpire, umpire clinician and umpire supervisor. These qualities have helped him learn the business side of the game.  This has allowed him to hold leadership roles at the high school, collegiate and independent professional levels.

In 1986, Deron started his umpiring career by working 15U baseball in his hometown of Troy, Ohio. Through his hard work and dedication, he worked his way up through high school (state tournament), small college (regional & world series), large college (conference tournament) and independent professional baseball.  He currently umpires in the MAC, AAC and BIG 10 Conferences.  Deron has served as the assignor for the American Mid-East Conference (NAIA), Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA D-III), North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAA D-II) as well as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (NCAA D-II).  He is currently acting as the commissioner for the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

Besides his significant baseball activities, he is in entering his 33rd year as a high school physics/chemistry teacher. Deron currently resides in Troy, Ohio, with his wife Jane.  He is the proud father to his two sons as well as a stepfather to one son and three daughters. His oldest son, Chase, is a Veteran who served one tour of duty in Afghanistan. His youngest son, Cooper, has Downs Syndrome and has brought so much joy to his life. He is also the doting grandfather to seven grandchildren.

STEVEN BANIS – DIGITAL MARKETING ASSISTANT

Steven Banis joins the Frontier League staff as the Sports Information Assistant for the 2021 season.  Steven is a 2020 graduate of The Ohio State University where he served as a Student Assistant in the Athletic Communications Office.  Steven served as the primary contact for the Ohio State Rowing team, providing content for OhioStateBuckeyes.com and the team’s social media accounts.  Steven is a native of Richfield, Ohio.

E-mail Steven Banis at sbanis@frontierleague.com.

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