Vice President, Business Operations
Vice President of Ticket Sales & Head Coach
Bear Davis is entering his fourth season with the Machine in 2016. Davis, a Hilliard High School alum, joined the Machine on June 24, 2013, when he was named the second head coach in club history. He was promoted to his current role on August 20, 2014.
In 2014, Davis led the Machine to a 8-6 regular season record and guided the team to its first-ever playoff appearance. The Machine’s six game improvement over its 2013 record is tied for the largest single-season turnaround in Major League Lacrosse history.
Under Davis, the Machine posted the top-ranked offense in Major League Lacrosse in 2014. The team ended the regular season with five straight wins, which tied for the longest winning streak in MLL that season. On offense, the Machine boasted four players that scored 27 or more goals, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in the league since the 2004 season. Davis was the runner-up for the Brine Coach of the Year award in 2014.
Prior to joining the Machine full-time, Davis was the head boy’s lacrosse coach and associate athletic director at Archbishop Spalding High School (Md.). Davis took over at Archbishop Spalding after building the men’s lacrosse program at Robert Morris University over the span of seven seasons as the program’s first-ever head coach. Robert Morris led the NCAA in scoring offense for two straight seasons under Davis. Prior to Robert Morris, Davis helped start the Wheeling Jesuit men’s lacrosse program and guided the Cardinals to a No. 10 national ranking in 2003.
In addition to his responsibilities as head coach, Davis is instrumental in expanding the Machine’s ticket sales and community relations efforts.
Director of Public Relations & Operations
Brian Verdi is entering his first season with the Machine in 2016. He joined the team on December 14, 2015. Verdi oversees the organization's public relations and operations efforts and supervises the team's internship program.
Verdi is responsible for the Machine's day-to-day media operations and manages the team's website as well as its digital and social media platforms. He coordinates interview requests for players, coaches, and staff, and oversees the production of team publications, including press releases, game notes, and media guides. Verdi manages all player and staff travel for games and training camp, and travels with the team to all away games while serving as the primary media relations and operations liaison.
Prior to joining the Machine, Verdi served as the Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Big South Conference, a NCAA Division I league, and was the Media Relations Coordinator for the Carolina Hurricanes. He spent two years as the Editorial Assistant for Sporting News, and interned in the public relations departments of the New York Yankees, St. Louis Rams, and Charlotte Bobcats (NBA).
Verdi has volunteered at several events, including the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 2015, Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, and the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal.
A native of Massapequa Park on Long Island, Verdi resides in Columbus with his pit bull, Roger.
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