Front Office Staff

Owner/General Manager - Buddy Bengel


General Staff


Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting: John McCormick

John McCormick is entering his first season as the Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting for the Morehead City Marlins. Prior to joining the Marlins staff, McCormick worked in the Coastal Plain League front office as a multimedia intern stationed in Morehead City. A rising senior at East Carolina University, McCormick has worked as an assistant to the ECU Athletics Communications office as the sport’s information director (SID) for women’s basketball and tennis. He’s spent the last three years as the play-by-play broadcaster and coaches show host for the ECU Women’s Basketball team as well broadcasting the last two seasons of ECU softball. As a sophomore and junior at ECU, McCormick served as the student radio station, WZMB 91.3 FM Greenville, News and Sports Director where he was awarded the station MVP in both years. In 2016, McCormick broadcasted the National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball World Series in Kinston, N.C.

Associate Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting: Taylor Chitwood

Taylor Chitwood is entering his first summer with the Marlins as the Associate Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting. Along with hopping on board with the Morehead City Marlins, Chitwood works with the athletic department at Ferrum College, where he is a rising junior. Starting his freshman year, he has served as the play-by-play broadcaster and coaches show host for the Ferrum College Men’s Basketball team as well as an assistant in the Sports Information Office on the campus at Ferrum College. Chitwood also broadcasted all USA South playoff games hosted at Ferrum, as well as the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball tournament in Lynchburg, VA.

Intern Staff 


Louisa Fine: A rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, Louisa is majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in sports adminstration and studio art. The Chapel Hill native is also a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and Be the Match club.

Lundy Fine: Lundy joins her older sister, Louisa, on the Marlin intern staff. Heading into her sophomore year at Elon University Lundy is a member of Elon's DI women's lacrosse team. Outside of lacrosse she volunteers at camps and clinics and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jordan Gontram: A rising junior at UNC-Greensboro, Jordan is a two-year varsity letterwinner on the Spartan's softball team. The Wake Forest, N.C., native is majoring in business administration. She is also a member of UNC-Greensboro's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). 

Tracy Sewell: A Morehead City local, Tracy graduated from East Carteret High School and is currently a rising senior at North Carolina State University, where she majors in design studies with a concentration in non-profit studies. She is an active member in Sigma Kappa Sorority, Circle of Sisterhood and Operation Christmas Child Club.

Blake Smith: Blake joins the intern staff from James Madison University, where he is a rising senior majoring in Statistics. Originally from Richmond, Va., Blake is a member of the Intervarsity JMU Slam and Duke Stats organizations.



Aaron Grosskopf: Aaron, of Inside The Diamond Photograhphy, enters his second season as the official photographer of the Marlins.