Fayetteville, N.C- Charlie Hildbold has been hired as the President and COO of the Fayetteville Marksmen, the team announced Tuesday evening. .
“We’re excited to welcome Charlie to the Marksmen, his experience in leading a front office makes him a great fit for this team,” Team Owner, Chuck Norris, said. “I’m confident in Charlie’s ability to lead the day-to-day operations and ability to grow hockey in Fayetteville.”
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hildbold comes to the Marksmen with an extensive background in front office management, starting in 2005 as a member of the outbound ticket sales department for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Soon after, Hildbold joined the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL before joining the Columbus Catfish of the South Atlantic League, the Single A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
At the conclusion of his tenure with the Catfish, Hildbold joined the indoor football ranks, with the Odessa Roughnecks of the Lone Star Football league. After winning a championship with the Roughnecks, Hildbold moved to Richmond, Virginia to help launch the Richmond Revolution franchise in the Indoor Football League.
Following a successful season in which the Revolution won the Franchise of the Year award, Hildbold moved back to the Texas area, where he had served as the President of the Texas Revolution, an indoor football team playing in the Champions Indoor Football league. After the 2016 campaign, Hildbold was named Executive of the year in the CIF.
“I’m beyond excited for this opportunity with the Marksmen,” Hildbold said. “I am thankful to God. He has given me a drive to make every game more than a game. What I love to do for fans, is to give them an experience to remember. I would like to thank Chuck and Jeff for recognizing this in me when picking me for the task at hand. It’s going to be an amazing season and I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Charlie and his wife, Carolann, and son, Connor, have relocated in Fayetteville from Texas.
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The Fayetteville Marksmen are owned and operated by Union Pro Hockey Group and play their home games at Crown Coliseum. The Marksmen are a committed community asset, designed to provide premium entertainment to families and individuals in Cumberland County and surrounding areas.