It seems the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ tumultuous first season won’t end.
Pat Daly, the team’s general manager and vice president, resigned Tuesday. The resignation becomes effective Sept. 22.
Daly had been with the organization since its inception Nov. 1.
Daly left the team because he wanted more autonomy.
“He wanted to run his own show a little bit, and he felt that it was in the best interest for him to go ahead and resign since he didn’t think he was going to be able to have the autonomy he wanted,” said Jeff Johnson, Mavericks’ director of broadcast and media relations. “We obviously suffer a loss with him leaving. We didn’t want him to leave by any means.”
Mavericks President Gary Wendt will assume responsibility of the team’s operations as interim general manager. Wendt could be in the role of interim general manager for some time.
“They’re [ownership] going to take some time and evaluate and then decide what they are going to do, but they’re in no hurry,” Johnson said.
Daly’s resignation is the most recent upheaval for the team.
In its first season, the organization went through three managers, Tony Torchia, Papo Davila and Mark Schlosser, and also endured a climbing wall accident that resulted in the death of a fan in late July. The team struggled in its inaugural season and finished last in the Frontier League’s West Division at 33-57.
Despite a turbulent season the Mavericks plan a return to Columbia in 2004.
“This team is committed to being in the Mid-Missouri area for a long time,” Johnson said. “Yeah there were some challenges, but there were also some outstanding performances and some great numbers by the fans.”