Originally Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2013, 12:20 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 22, 2013, 8:11 pm

Brown steps down as Bandits GM

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Quad Cities River Bandits general manager Stefanie Brown officially stepped down from the position on Tuesday. Brown will remain with the club in a yet-to-be-determined capacity.

Citing urgent family responsibilities that require immediate attention, Quad Cities River Bandits general manager Stefanie Brown asked that the club reduce her role to tend to those duties.

Because of that, Brown stepped down as general manager on Tuesday.

"I am very appreciative of the support of the River Bandits ownership and staff during this challenging time," Brown said in a released statement. "I am especially grateful to (Bandits owners) Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt for allowing me time to be with my family and still remain in an important role with the River Bandits."

Brown was entering her second year as club general manager and fifth overall with the Bandits. According to a news release, she will remain with the team "in a substantial, but yet-to-be-determined role."

Five years ago, she joined the team as the director of community and client relations before being promoted to assistant general manager one year later. After the 2011 season in which the Bandits won the Midwest League title, Brown was promoted to general manager.

At the time, she was the Midwest League's younger and only female general manager. During her one season in the position, the Bandits drew 240,008 fans -- their highest total in 17 years.

This past offseason, she was an integral part in the Bandits beginning a new player development contract with the Houston Astros.

"Stefanie Brown is an incredibly valuable part of the River Bandits and the Quad-Cities community, and one of my favorite people," Heller said in a released statement. "She is immensely talented and will have as much of a role with the River Bandits organization as she wants, for as long as she wants."

Main Street Baseball will begin looking immediately for a general manager who will report directly to ownership, lead the River Bandits organization and help oversee the High Desert Mavericks, the group's California League club.