Front Office

Administration

Curt Styres - Owner/CEO/COO/General Manager

Jody Gage - VP of Player Personnel

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585-454-HAWK Ext 3010

 

What you love most about working for the Knighthawks: The employees

Best thing about your job: The game

Hometown: Toronto now Rochester

States (and provinces or countries) you've lived in: New York, Michigan, Toronto, Ontario

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Bobby Orr

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Bobby Orr

First job/your age: Post office, 14

Proudest professional accomplishment: Winning Calder Cup 3 times and NLL Championship Cup 5 times

Favorite charities/charitable causes: CURE, Golisano Children's hospital, Rochester Rotary

Sports played growing up: Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling, Football, Track, Chess Club

Favorite Sports Movie: Slap Shot

Favorite pro/college sports teams (Besides Knighthawks): Notre Dame Football

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Golf

Who or what are you a closet fan of: Curling

If you could be any superhero who would you choose: Superman

Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii - anywhere South in the winter

Who was your role model/who motivated you: Dad

Suzanne Marr - Manager Finance and Administration

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585.454.HAWK (4295) Ext. 3002

Marketing and Communications

Avery Light - Marketing/Corporate Services Manager

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585-454-HAWK (4295) Ext 3069

 

Best thing about your job: Collaborating daily with my co-workers on new ideas and strategies.

Hometown: Broadalbin, NY

College degree/year/school: Sport Management, 2014, St. John Fisher

States (and provinces or countries) you've lived in: New York, Italy

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Reggie Miller, Ben Wallace, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnet

As a child you dreamed of becoming: A Veterinarian

First job/your age: Secretary, 14

Favorite Quote: "No act of kidness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Lollypop Farm, Veterans Outreach Center, WWF

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Soccer and Softball

Favorite music artists: The Killers, Blink 182, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brett Eldridge, Talking Heads

Favorite sports movie: Cinderella Man, Coach Carter

Favorite Show: New Girl, The Office

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): Notre Dame, NY Giants, Celtics

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Golf, target shooting

Who or what are you a closet fan of? Cold Play

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Ability to fly

Favorite vacation spot: Anna Maria Island, FL

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My family

Charlie Ragusa - Digital/Social Media Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585-454-HAWK ext 3032

 

What you love most about working for the Knighthawks: The great people I get to work with everyday

Best thing about your job: Being able to allow fans behind the scenes access to their favorite team, and helping to grow box lacrosse through Academy initiatives

Hometown: Rochester, NY

College degree/year/school: B.S. Sport Management, St. John Fisher '14

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Tim Tebow, Paul Kariya, Martin Biron

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: GM of a sports franchise

First job/your age: Dishwasher, 14

Favorite Quote: "Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage, be strong"

Proudest professional accomplishment: 2014 NLL Championship

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Veterans Outreach Center and helping local veterans

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Hockey, Track

Favorite sports movie: The Mighty Ducks

Favorite music artists: Imagine Dragons, Kanye, Kygo

Favorite pro/college sports teams (besides Knighthawks) Sabres, Bills, Florida Gators

What or who are you a closet fan of: Fifth Harmony (R.I.P.)

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Men's League hockey at the BurgerPlex (Go Wood Pecas)

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Travel through time

Favorite vacation spot: Cancun

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My parents, My high school teacher- Dan Lanning

Craig Rybczynski - Director of Communications

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585-454-HAWK ext 3008

 

What you love most about working for the Knighthawks: Being part of an organization that not only grows the game, but also makes a difference in the community.

Best thing about your job: Calling games, traveling with my eldest son to games, and winning championships.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

College degree/year/school: Bachelor's degree in Communications, 1995, Mercyhurst University. Master's degree in Newspaper Journalism, 1996, Syracuse University

States (and provinces or countries) you've lived in: New York, Pennsylvania

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy, Graig Nettles, Neal Broten

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A professional baseball player or a sports writer

First job/your age: Paperboy, 13

Favorite Quote: "Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible" - St. Francis of Assisi

Proudest professional accomplishment: Calling my 200th straight game the day after the birth of my son Carter.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: CURE, Gilda's Club, Golisano Children's Hospital

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Hockey, Rowing, Volleyball

Favorite sports movie: "The Natural"

Favorite music artists: Toto, Michael McDonald, Danny Gokey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (besides Knighthawks) Atlanta Braves, Mercyhurst, Syracuse, RIT

What or who are you a closet fan of: The movie "Mean Girls"

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing sports with my sons

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Ability to travel through time

Favorite vacation spot: Atlanta

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My parents and my brother, Brad

Pedro Ugalde - Manager of IT, Production & Graphics

Sponsorship

John Catalano - VP of Sales

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585.454.HAWK (4295) Ext 3058

 

Hometown: Rochester, NY

States (and provinces or countries) you've lived in: New York

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Ricky Bobby

First job/your age: RFIT, 15

Favorite Quote: “Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine” - Unknown

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Camp Good Days

Sports played growing up: Soccer, Football, Lacrosse

Favorite Sports Movie: When the game stands tall

Favorite pro/college sports teams (besides Knighthawks): Juventus F.C.

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Spending time with my family

Who or what are you a closet fan of: Jody Gage

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Power to heal

Favorite vacation spot: Italy

Who was your role model/who motivated you: Mom and Dad

Mike Marcone - Partnership Sales

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585.454.HAWK (4295) Ext. 3091


What you love most about working for the Knighthawks: Being able to work for a local professional sports team that I grew up rooting for since I was a young kid.

Best thing about your job: Working with the rest of the staff who make every day interesting and fun.

Hometown: Spencerport, NY

College degree/year/school: Undergrad - Sport Management/2014/SUNY Brockport     Graduate - Master of Science: Athletic Administration/2017/SUNY Brockport

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: New York

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mickey Mantle

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A professional athlete

First job/your age: Restaurant bus boy/15

Favorite Quote: "There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." - Derek Jeter

Proudest professional accomplishment: Earning my Master's degree working as a Graduate Assistant at SUNY Brockport 

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Relay for Life

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Football, Soccer

Favorite music artists: I listen to a wide range of music. 

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author: The Last Lecture

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): New York Giants, New York Yankees
 
Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Coaching/playing sports
 
Who was your role model/who motivated you: My parents
 
Celebrity look alike? Brody Jenner

Ticketing

Nick Cuomo - Account Executive

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 585.454.HAWK (4295) Ext 3031


Hometown: Amherst, NY

College degree/year/school: BS Sport Management 2017 Canisius College

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Joe Sakic (Colorado Avalanche, NHL)

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Professional Athlete / Agent

First job/your age: Dick's sporting goods

Sports played growing up: Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): Buffalo Bills (NFL) Buffalo Sabres & Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Skiing

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Ability to fly

Favorite vacation spot: Orlando, Florida

Who was your role model/who motivated you: Grandfather

Joe Schwab - Account Executive

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585.454.HAWK (4295) Ext 3003

 

Hometown: Le Roy

College degree/year/school: bachelors in sport management, SUNY Fredonia class of 2013

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: NY

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Michael Jordan

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A Professional Athlete

First job/your age:Save a lot grocery store, 15

Favorite Quote: "you miss 100% of the shots you dont take" - wayne gretsky" - michael scott

Proudest professional accomplishment: doubling sponsorship and sales from the previous season with the Rochester Rattlers, MLL 

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Wounded Warrior

Sports played growing up: Football, basketball, wrestling, track

Favorite music artists: Cage the Elephant 

Favorite sports movie: remember the titans 

Favorite book or author: post office by charles buchowski 

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): Michigan Wolverines

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Volleyball, hiking

If you could have any super power what would you choose? teleportation

Karissa Kuhl - Corporate and Ticket Services Representative

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585.454.HAWK (4295) ext 3010


Hometown: Webster, NY

College degree/year/school: Sports Studies/2017/St. Bonaventure University

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, England 

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Muhammad Ali

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Actress

First job/your age: Crew Member at Arby’s -16

Favorite Quote: “Life is tough, but I am tougher” -Unknown

Favorite charities/charitable causes:  SPCA, World Wildlife Fund, Wounded Warrior Project

Sports played growing up: Field Hockey, Boxing, Cheerleading, Soccer, Softball

Favorite music artists: Dave Matthews Band, Poison

Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): Buffalo Sabres, St. Bonaventure University Basketball 

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Art, Playing Piano, Sports

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Teleportation 

Favorite vacation spot: Dublin Ireland 

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My Parents

Celebrity look alike? Jennifer Lawrence 

Rita Rehak - Account Executive

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Youngstown, OH

College degree/year/school: Psychology and Strategic Communications, The Ohio State University 2017

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Ohio, New York, South Dakota

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mia Hamm

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: a vet

First job/your age: Cashier, 18

Favorite Quote:"There is no passion to be found in playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."  - Nelson Mandela
                                 
Proudest professional accomplishment: being able to move across the country to follow my dream, twice

Favorite charities/charitable causes: The Sidney Crosby Foundation, The Penguins Foundation, Angels for Animals

Sports played growing up: Soccer and Lacrosse

Favorite music artists: Old Dominion, LANCO, Brett Eldredge, Shania Twain, just about anything country

Favorite sports movie: The Blind Side, The Mighty Ducks

Favorite book or author: depends on my mood

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): The Ohio State Buckeyes, The Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: reading, watching lacrosse and hockey

What or who are you a closet fan of: Buzzfeed Videos

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Teleportation

Favorite vacation spot: Waverly/Nashville, Tennessee

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My Mom and my Grandparents

Celebrity look alike? Zooey Deschanel

Merchandise

Courtney Wittmeyer - Merchandise Executive

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585.454.HAWK(4295) Ext. 3040

 

Best thing about your job: It's like Christmas morning when merchandise comes in.

Hometown: Chaffee, NY

College degree/year/school: Sport Management, 2017, St. John Fisher

States (and provinces or countries) you've lived in: New York

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Thomas Vanek (poster is still hanging in my room back home)

First job/your age: McDonalds, 16

Favorite Quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretzky"  - Michael Scott

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Susan G Komen for the Cure

Sports played growing up: Field Hockey, Softball

Favorite music artists: Nickelback

Favorite sports movie: Dodgeball

Favorite Show: The Office

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks) Buffalo Sabres

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Going to sports games with friends and family

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Shapeshifting

Favorite vacation spot: Florida

Academy

Brad Gillies - Lacrosse Academy Manager

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585-454-HAWK(4295) ext 3041

 

What you love most about working for the Knighthawks: Very easy going environment and great co-workers.

Best thing about your job: Hearing feedback from parents and kids about how much they love the box lacrosse game.

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario

Degree/Year/School: Biomedical Science/2015/RIT

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Steve Yzerman

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Sports Reporter

First job/your age: Watermelon Factory/14

Favorite Quote: "What are you going to do when no one is watching" John Wooden

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Right to Play, Shootout for Soldiers, Terry Fox Run

Sports played growing up: Lacrosse, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Volleyball

Favorite Sports Movie: Any Given Sunday

Favorite Music Artists: Eagles, Bieber, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Tragically Hip, Queen

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, Buccaneers 

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Going out on the lake, video games

Favorite vacation spot: Nova Scotia

Who was your role model/who motivated you: Dad and my brother

Celebrity look alike? Andy Dalton

Luke Laszkiewicz - Lacrosse Academy Executive

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 585.454.HAWK (4295)

 

Best thing about your job: Teaching youth lacrosse in the Rochester area.

Hometown: Oshawa, Ontario

States (and provinces or countries) you've lived in: Conneticut, Pittsburgh, Canada

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Joe Sakic

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: NHL player

First job/your age: Cook,18

Sports played growing up: Hockey, Lacrosse, Volleyball

Favorite Music Artists: A little bit of everything

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Knighthawks): Steelers

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Canoing, and going to my cottage

Favorite vacation spot: Cottage

Who was your role model/who motivated you: Parents

Jake Withers- Lacrosse Academy Coach

Eric Fannell- Lacrosse Academy Coach

Austin Shanks- Lacrosse Academy Coach

Tim Soudan- Midget Knighthawks Coach