Owner/President/GM: Travis Heiser
Travis Heiser is entering his 9th season as President/GM of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and his third as Team Owner. In 2015 he led the DiamondDawgs to their first ever Championship. The DiamondDawgs finished the season ranked the #1 Summer Collegiate Team in New York State and also was ranked as the #16 best team in the nation in the final national summer collegiate poll. A native of Canajoharie, N.Y., and former head baseball coach at St. Johnsville (N.Y) High School, Heiser spent 2007 as the Mohawk Valley assistant coach. He played collegiately at Fulton-Montgomery (N.Y.) Community College where he was a New York State College Baseball All-Star and at Endicott (Mass.) College. Heiser is currently in his 14th year as an elementary school teacher in the OESJ Central School. Travis resides in Canajoharie with his wife Emily, daughter Sofia and son Frankie.
DiamondDawgs Chairman: Tommy John
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are pleased to announce that Major League Baseball legend Tommy John is joining the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs as TEAM CHAIRMAN. “Tommy is the perfect choice to become the Chairman of Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. There is no question he knows baseball but he also understands how important the team and players are to our fans, their families and the community. We’re looking forward to a long lasting and successful relationship with him”, noted Travis Heiser, General Manager of the DiamondDawgs. “When I was approached by Travis about becoming the Chairman it was an easy decision for me and I am honored to join the DiamondDawgs TEAM. I have been around baseball all my life and I think that the people of the Mohawk Valley have something special here with the DiamondDawgs. I will be working closely with Travis to make the DiamondDawgs the #1 summer collegiate baseball team in the country”, said Tommy John. “I have been in and around Little Falls for the past year and I found it to be a great baseball town. All of my friends on the New York Mets tell me what a fantastic time they had playing here. I think with the current ownership that Little Falls can once again be a great baseball city. The city has everything and now one can spend their time watching future Major League players play on this historic ball field’, noted John John played in the major leagues for over 26 years, including stints with the Yankees, Dodgers, Angels and White Sox. He had three 20-win seasons, played in four World Series and was selected as an All-Star four times: 1968, 1978, 1979 and 1980. John went 4- 1 with a 2.08 ERA in seven League Championship Series starts and 2- 1 with a 2.67 ERA in six World Series appearances. He is the fifth winningest left handed pitcher in major league history.
Director of Operations: Tiffany Leiphart
Tiffany Leiphart is entering her 7th season as the Director of Operations for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. In addition to working with the DiamondDawgs she is currently the tennis pro for the Mohawk Valley Country Club, Leiphart continues to be a sought private tennis instructor. As a former former tennis player for Herkimer College (2011), Leiphart played for the regional winning Women’s Tennis team of 2011, and was Second Team in second singles. A former resident of Little Falls, NY, now resides in the Southern Adirondack Park. Leiphart is engaged with the wedding set for late spring ’16.
Assistant GM: Derek Raux
Derek Raux is entering his 1st season as Assistant General Manager. Derek spent time with the DiamondDawgs in 2016 on a volunteer basis, helping with Game Day Operations and doing on-field promotions. He is currently a student at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He majors in Sport Management, works in the Athletic Information Department, completed a Digital and Social Media Internship with the Rochester Knighthawks and was elected President of the St. John Fisher Sport Management Club as a freshman. Living in Little Falls, NY most of his life, Derek is a lifelong DiamondDawgs fan and is ready to propel the team towards another championship.
Athletic Trainer – Frank Walczak
Frank Walczak, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Earned AAS – Sports Medicine degree from MVCC, Earned BS – Athletic Training degree from SUNY Cortland. Born and raised in the Whitesboro/Utica area, currently resides in Yorkville, NY. Enjoys spending time outdoors and playing basketball.
Director of Communications: Peter Pagliaro
In his third season as the Play-by-Play Announcer and Director of Communications, Peter Pagliaro brings the sounds of Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs baseball to thousands of fans stretching from the Mohawk Valley to Sidney, Australia. Peter previously worked for the former Utica Blue Sox of the New York- Penn League. Currently, Peter is in his second tenure as a tee ball coach having served as an assistant and recently named skipper of the Sauquoit Valley Casper Chiropractic’s. He also is the co-founder of ‘Play Catch! The Glove Project’ a local initiative organized with a vision of outfitting the area youth in need with baseball gloves. Born and raised in Utica, New York Peter hold a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from SUNYIT and accounting and banking/insurance degrees from Mohawk Valley Community College. He is employed by the State of New York. Peter resides in Sauquoit, NY with his wife Jessica and three children Angelina, Pietro and Giovanni.
Public Address Announcer: Lou Parrotta
Lou Parrotta is an American History teacher at Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica. He serves as the Chairman of the Oneida County Historical Society’s Board of Trustees and is a Trustee and Recording Secretary for the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica. In 2007, he was appointed the City of Utica Historian, and he serves as the Secretary of the Oneida County Historians Association. He has co-authored two books, Forest Hill Cemetery: The Stories Behind the Epitaphs and Gloves Along the Mohawk: Ballplayers of the Mohawk Valley with Scott Fiesthumel, and written articles on Gilded Age politician Roscoe Conkling, the first professional Italian American baseball player Edward Abbaticchio, and has two biographies published in the Encyclopedia of Women in Professional Baseball. Lou also serves as a Public Relations Consultant at USC The Business College in Utica. He is a Commissioner on the Utica Municipal Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, a Commissioner on the City of Utica’s Scenic & Historic Commission, a past president of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame, past president of Utica Dollars for Scholars,former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Utica Salvation Army, and past president the Knights of St. John International, St. Anthony of Padua Commandery No. 385. Lou resides in Utica, NY
Team Consultant : David N. Dittmann
Dittmann previously owned the Newport Gulls and helped start of Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League where he was instrumental in the success of both teams. He also owned the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plains League. All three of these teams have led their respective leagues in attendance during Dittmann’s tenure. Earlier, Dittmann owned an array of minor league team baseball teams, including the New Haven Ravens AA team. He grew up around baseball, as his father was the corporate attorney for the Philadelphia Phillies for years. Dittmann resides in Newport, RI.