Last week, the Chicago Bandits announced that Jourdan Skirha was promoted to Assistant General Manager. It is a well-deserved opportunity and we are sure Jourdan will continue to do great things for the organization.
A star softball player at Oak Forest High School, Jourdan went on to play at Drexel University. She started with the Bandits as an intern and worked her way up to Director of Game Day Operations. Popular with the fans, Jourdan always brings a lot of energy to anything she does.
I have known Jourdan from hanging in the bullpen area for the last couple seasons. It would be easy to say she has a fun job, and I am sure it is fun, but most people do not see exactly how hard Jourdan works throughout the game to create that fun. She is usually a blur of activity as she coordinates onfield activities between innings.
Last season, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jourdan, which can be found at On the Beat With Jourdan Skirha. We talked about her big home run for Drexel, her path to the Bandits and much more. It has been one of the most viewed interviews I have done with the team (I wonder if she used that stat as leverage in her negotiations for the new job?). We will definitely do an update interview with Jourdan this year.
Aside from our excitement for Jourdan, this is really a big deal for the league and for women. The Bandits have women at both the GM and Asst. GM positions. It's great to see more women in charge in the NPF. Additionally, it is good to see promotions coming from within the organization. Jourdan is the perfect fit and a great role model for young women. We wish Jourdan a lot of luck and we look forward to new and interesting things from her.
Go to ChicagoBandits.com for more info on the team, including the schedule. Be sure to come out to see the team and make sure you congratulate Jourdan, if you can actually catch her when she isn't on the move.
Jourdan Skirha and me in Rosemont, IL-Summer 2018.