Staff

BILL LEE, COMMISSIONER

blee Bill Lee has been the Commissioner of the Frontier League since 1994, the League’s second year of operation.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Mass Communications, Lee 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, Lee 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. Lee was chosen as Marketing Executive of the Year of that League in 1991.

While Lee has been the Frontier League Commissioner, the League has enjoyed great success, expanding into a 14-team circuit with clubs in seven states throughout the Midwest.  Bill lives in Shiloh, Illinois.

E-mail Bill Lee at blee@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. Winn will oversee strategic planning, expansion, and marketing for the Frontier League.

Prior to assuming his current position, Winn 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, he 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, Winn 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, Winn attended the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in 1985.

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

E-mail Kevin Winn at kwinn@frontierleague.com

STEVE TAHSLER, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER – OPERATIONS

stahsler2012Steve Tahsler was promoted to Deputy Commissioner for the Frontier League following the 2009 season. Steve is entering his 24th 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 Fairview Heights, Illinois, with his wife, Jodi.

E-mail Steve Tahsler at stahsler@frontierleague.com

DERON BROWN – UMPIRE SUPERVISOR

Deron Brown has been umpiring the Frontier League since 1996 and currently umpires in the Big 10, American Athletic, and Mid-American Conferences.  Deron is currently an umpire supervisor at the college level.  Deron currently resides in his home town of Troy, Ohio, with his sons Chase and Cooper.

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.