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Aces GM Knox moving on
08/21/2014 4:00 PM ET

LAVERTON, Victoria - The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces professional baseball team announced today that Windsor Knox will step down from the role of General Manager after guiding the team since the return of the Australian Baseball League in 2010.

Knox has decided to explore new career opportunities, but will remain with the club until a suitable replacement is found and will work with newly appointed Aces Chairman and former CEO of the Melbourne Storm, Ron Gauci, to help transition the new GM into the role.

Knox, who took on the job just 30 days before the opening pitch on 29 October 2010, has seen the team evolve over the years and the franchise accomplish many exciting firsts for the sport.

''It has been a long four years but I am proud of what our team has done for baseball during that time'' says Knox. ''We built our first ballpark at the Melbourne Showgrounds in just five days and later turned Melbourne Ballpark into the best baseball facilities in the country when we had to move. "

In his time with the Aces, Knox's contributions included securing a three-year deal with the club's current naming rights partner, Jet Couriers, as well as lifting the Aces' public profile through a partnership with SEN and the league's first viral video campaign which put an international spotlight on Australian baseball.

In addition to his more measurable achievements, Knox is proud to have provided a pathway for young Australian baseball players to aspire to.

"I want to thank our members and fans, all the Victoria baseball clubs, Baseball Victoria and our sponsors for supporting the Aces during my time at the helm. I will miss the action, but hope that I have left the team in good shape to go forward,'' said Knox. "I have worked with some very good people over the past four years.''

"Windsor has been a tremendous asset to the Aces and the ABL,'' said Peter Wermuth, ABL CEO. "We are grateful for his gracious offer to stay on board until a new GM can be appointed, to ensure the club continues its momentum heading into our fifth season."

While Knox's leadership will be greatly missed, Aces supporters have plenty of reasons to be excited about the upcoming season. Highly regarded American minor league baseball manager, Tommy Thompson, has been named the new Aces manager and brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the role, including time with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox organisations.

Off the field, new Aces Chairman Ron Gauci brings extensive experience and expertise to the role after serving as a board member for the last two years.

The Aces will also host the ABL All-Star Game for the third consecutive season on 17th of December, which will be broadcast live in Australia and over 40 countries.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.