STEVE COHENVice President
Steve has been a member of the Cyclones front office staff since the team's inception in 2001, serving as the General Manager from 2001-2013 before being named Vice President of the club in January, 2014. He also served as the General Manager during the franchise's temporary stop in Queens (as the Queens Kings) in 2000, and played an integral part in the transition to Brooklyn.
Under Steve's leadership, the Cyclones have led all short-season clubs in attendance since 2001, and have ranked in the top 25 nationally in average attendance every season. The organization has always received numerous accolades away from the baseball diamond, including their recognition as the NYPL's nominee for the John Henry Moss Award for Community Service following the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Cyclones have also been twice nominated for the John H. Johnson's President's Trophy, Minor League Baseball's most prestigious award, in recognition of the MiLB's most complete franchise.
In 2008 & 2013, Steve was honored as the winner of the Robert Julian Community & Baseball Service Award. Under Steve's direction, the Cyclones have donated over several million dollars of cash, tickets, goods, and services to various causes and organizations throughout the New York Metropolitan area.
In 2007, Steve was honored as the New York-Penn League Executive of the Year, on the heels of one of the club's most successful seasons. The Cyclones led the league in attendance for the seventh straight year, drew its two millionth fan faster than any club in the classification's history, and broke its own single-game attendance record three times (10,073). The Cyclones drew 294,972 fans in 36 openings for an average of 8,194 per game (up from 7,820 in 2006), and filled the ballpark to over 100% capacity for the seventh straight year. Brooklyn ranked 16th in all of minor league baseball in average attendance -- the only Short-Season team to place in the top 25. He also received the award in 2013 after helping to guide the franchise through a massive recovery effort, and multi-million dollar rebuilding of MCU Park, following Superstorm Sandy's devastation.
Steve has spent over 25 seasons working in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Queens Kings in 2000, Steve worked in St. Petersburg, Florida as the Assistant General Manager of the St. Petersburg Devil Rays of the Florida State League and General Manager of the St. Petersburg Cardinals in 1996.
His first professional baseball experience came in 1990 after graduating with a Sports Management degree from the University of Massachusetts. He started as an intern and eventually assumed the role of Director of Operations for Al Lang Stadium.
In 2001, Steve received the J. Frank Cashen Award, presented to a member of the organization who best exemplifies total commitment in establishing a superior environment in which to develop players for the New York Mets. In 2009, he received the Mets' Sterling Minor League Executive of the Year award.
Born in Brooklyn, Steve currently lives in Oceanside with his wife Michelle; son, Evan; and daughter, Emma.
- NICKNAME: Brooks, Babe, Tut
- FAVORITE BASEBALL TEAM (BESIDES THE CYCLONES): Mets
- FAVORITE ALL-TIME PLAYER: Hubie Brooks
- HOBBIES/INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF BASEBALL: Bass Fishing and Hunting
- TOP 5 TV SHOWS:
2. 2 ½ Men
3. The real housewives of Orange County
4. Kitchen Nightmares
5. What was the name of the show where the guy wanted to be a Cyclones announcer?
- TOP 5 MOVIES:
1. A Bronx Tale
4. HS Musical 1
5. HS Musical 2
- TOP 5 MUSICIANS/BANDS:
2. Peter Gabriel
3. Talking Heads
4. The Clash
5. Hannah Montana
- FAVORITE BOOK(S): Although Im an avid reader not sure I have one I can list as a favorite.
- CHILDHOOD DREAM: To be David Wright
- BEST CYCLONES MEMORY: Not having to shave my head in 2006
GARY J. PERONE
Assistant General Manager
Director of Communications
Director, Community Relations & Entertainment
Manager, Creative Services
KING HENRY aka Guy Zoda
Community Group Manager
Administrative Assistant, Community Relations