HIGH POINT, N.C. – Pete Fisch, the president of the High Point Rockers, was named the 2022 recipient of the Atlantic League’s Joe Klein Executive of the Year Award presented annually to the league administrator who has made outstanding contributions to their club and the Atlantic League through operational excellence.
The award is named for the late Joe Klein who served as a Major League scouting director and general manager and was the executive director of the Atlantic League. This is the first time Fisch has been honored as the Executive of the Year.
Fisch has guided the Rockers since early in 2020, just before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. He was instrumental in avoiding club layoffs and continuing to generate events at Truist Point throughout the duration of the pandemic. With the ballpark at full operational capacity, Fisch has helped Truist Point live up to its mission of serving as the catalyst to the revitalization of Downtown High Point. From youth soccer and baseball tournaments, adult kickball leagues, concerts, comedy shows, graduations, and multiple charity events, the Rockers and Truist Point have helped generate renewed interest in in Downtown High Point. He was instrumental in securing the Big South Conference baseball championship and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship for Truist Point.
Fisch began his career in sports with the Albany Patroons basketball team in 1982 while still in high school. Upon graduating from college, he became the assistant general manager of the Carolina Mudcats in 1989 before moving to the same role with the Hickory Crawdads from 1992-94. He served for nine years as the vice president and general manager of the Winston-Salem Warthogs and 11 years as the associate tournament director for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, a PGA Champions Tour event. From 2015 to 2020, Fisch was an associate athletic director at Wake Forest University where he was charged with guest experience and venue management while operating the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He became the president of the Rockers in March 2020 and guided the club through the Covid-19 pandemic while managing the operation of Truist Point.
Fisch is a 1989 graduate of St. John Fisher University in Rochester New York where he was a member of the varsity soccer team for three seasons and a member of the Dean’s List.
Pete and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of two adult children and reside in Winston-Salem.
About High Point Baseball, Inc.
High Point Baseball, AKA The High Point Rockers, will begin their third season in the Atlantic League in 2022 in a state-of-the-art, $36M downtown ballpark, Truist Point. High Point Baseball is part of the fastest growing family sport in America and is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment for the Triad of North Carolina. The Rockers have built a fun and competitive atmosphere in both High Point and the Atlantic League while playing in the 2019 Ballpark of the Year.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With teams throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 1,000 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 44 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 24-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.