Dave Echols will be going into his 25th year in professional baseball as the president and general manager of the Charleston RiverDogs baseball club.
Echols, 45, hails from Delaware, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Dayton, Ohio.
Echols has been the club's executive vice president and general manager for the past two years. Before that, he was the teams general manager, a post he took in 2004.
The announcement of Echols' promotion was made by Marv Goldklang, Charleston RiverDogs' chairman and principal owner.
"Dave has proven to be one of minor league baseball’s most talented and successful executives during his tenure as general manager; and under his operational leadership, the RiverDogs have experienced unprecedented success,” Goldklang said. “Dave is a true professional who has become an integral and influential member of the Charleston community outside the ballpark gates. We have every confidence that his transition to this larger role will be seamless, and result in ever-deepening ties between the team and the Lowcountry.”
Echols succeeds Mike Veeck, who has been the RiverDogs’ president since 1997. He now becomes the team's president emeritus.
“I am indeed appreciative of the continued support of Marv Goldklang and everyone affiliated with the Goldklang Group,” Echols said. “Under Marv and Mike Veeck’s leadership, the RiverDogs have flourished, developing extremely strong roots in the community. I am both proud and honored to be handed the reins.”