Princeton Rays general manager Jim Holland was named as the winner of the 2012 Appalachian League "Promotional Award of Excellence" as part of the league's fall meeting on September 11 in Elizabethton, TN.
The 2012 award marks the third consecutive season he has received this honor. Overall, it is the fifth time Holland has won this title as he was also honored with the award as well in 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2011. To date, he is the only five-time winner of this annual award in Appalachian League history.
This honor is given annually to the individual who is determined by a vote of Appalachian League executives to best promote and publicize his team while also having an attractive promotional schedule for his team's games.
"I consider this a great honor for the entire Princeton Rays organization. You also have to have a great staff, great sponsors, and great fans to assemble successful promotional events. We're fortunate to have all three of those ingredients here," said Holland, who just completed his 21st season as general manager of the Princeton franchise with the conclusion of the 2012 Appalachian League season.
Holland, 54, is a native of Dunbar, WV, where he was a two-sport letterman at Dunbar High School. He graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Charleston (WV) in 1980. In 1998, he was a recipient of the Princeton Rotary Club's "Service Above Self" award. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
Probably the most well-known of his many promotions throughout his career at Princeton,was in 1992, when Holland originated the idea of the Mercer Cup, a trophy to be awarded annually to the winner of the Princeton-Bluefield regular season professional baseball series. In 1993, he was named Appalachian League Executive of the Year for that season. Since 2001, he has been the Corporate Secretary for the Appalachian League and is a former member of the league's executive committee.
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