Peter Bragan Moves from GM to Suns President

The Jacksonville Suns announced that Peter Bragan, Jr. will step aside as the team's General Manager, making way for long-time employee Kirk Goodman to take over that position for the club. Bragan, Jr. will assume the role of Team President and owner Peter Bragan, Sr. remains as Chairman of the Board.

Bragan, Jr. began his career with the Suns as Director of Marketing in 1985, shortly after his father purchased the franchise. He was promoted to Vice President and General Manager one year later and remained in that position for 20 years. He was the longest tenured General Manager in the Southern League and held the position longer than any other sports executive in the history of Jacksonville sports.

Goodman has been a Suns employee for over five years. He originally joined the team in 1998 as Director of Marketing before attaining the rank of Assistant General Manager two years later. In 2000, Goodman departed the Suns to take a job with the start-up Triple-A Portland Beavers in Portland, Ore., where he stayed for two years before returning to the Jacksonville as Assistant General Manager in 2002.

"This opportunity is a thrill for me and something I have been striving for my entire career," said Goodman. "The Bragans gave me my first full-time job when I was just 21 years old and I owe most of my knowledge and experience in this game to them. To earn their trust and confidence to take over the day-to-day operations of the team means a great deal to me and I plan to follow the excellent example they have set and build on what they have accomplished here in Jacksonville."

"I would be a lot more concerned about the baseball operation in Jacksonville if I wasn't leaving it in such capable hands" said Bragan, Jr. "I have complete confidence in Kirk and I know he will continue to put on a great show for the baseball fans of Jacksonville."

At 29, Goodman is the youngest General Manager in the Southern League. A native of Wyalusing, Penn., he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca College in 1997. Prior to joining the Suns in 1998, Goodman earned experience through internships with the Boise (ID) Hawks, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Batavia (NY) Clippers.

He is an accomplished pianist and officiates high school football and basketball during the off-season. Goodman owns a Arlington home and resides with his two beagles, one of whom joined his family shortly after being orphaned during Hurricane Katrina.

Other staff members joining the Suns staff this season are Andrew Grout, who will be assisting in sales and merchandise operations after spending last season with the Kinston Indians, and Jane Carol Bunting, who joins the Suns as the new Box Office Manager. The Suns also anticipate adding a number of new employees in January.

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