Bre Miller, President/General Manager
The 2019 season marks Bre’s 13th year with the Corvallis Knights. In 2017, Miller was promoted to team president, after four seasons as the Knights general manager. Bre will continue in her general manager’s role while also acting as the hometown team’s president.
Miller is also the team’s director of business development. She’s worked with the Knights ever since the club moved to Corvallis from Gresham, Oregon; starting as an intern in 2007. She was named the club’s 2011 Staff Member of the Year and assumed her general manager’s position in 2012. At the time, Bre was the first female general manager in the West Coast League.
Bre is a graduate of the Leadership Corvallis class of 2013 and Leadership Albany class of 2014. She is also very active in Rotary, and serves on the board of directors for many area community public service organizations.
In 2012, Miller, then Bre Kerkvliet, earned Albany Junior First Citizen honors.
Born and raised in Corvallis, Bre grew up playing sports. She played varsity soccer at Crescent Valley and Corvallis High Schools and she’s been around baseball her entire life, starting as a volunteer at Richey’s Market American Legion games.
Bre graduated from Corvallis High in 2004 and earned a degree in speech communications from Oregon State in 2009. She resides in Monroe, Oregon with her husband Bryan and their daughter Harper.
Jennifer Beaumont, Director of Hospitality
Jennifer Beaumont is entering her third season with the Knights and this season full-time as the Knights first Director of Hospitality. Beaumont was previously the seasonal catering manager since June of 2017. Jennifer will manage the team’s food & beverage operations as well as assist with group sales.
Beaumont comes to the Knights with six years of experience in the hospitality industry working in corporate and group sales for Northwest X Southern Hospitality representing top brands like the Hilton, Holiday Inn and Marriott. Jennifer also managed the Corvallis Knights hotel partnership with the Holiday Inn Express from 2014-2017. Beaumont grew up in Albany and is a graduate of South Albany High School and Oregon State University.
Derek Buchheit is entering his second season with the Knights and his first season full-time as the Knights’ Box Office & Facilities Manager. Buchheit, will be responsible for office management and lending customer service support in addition to his roles as box office and facilities manager.
Buchheit graduated last June from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Business. Derek is from Stayton, Oregon and graduated in 2014 from Stayton High School. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his friends, refereeing high school basketball, and cheering on the Trail Blazers and Seattle Mariners.
Derek Buchheit, Box Office & Facilities Manager
Brooks Hatch, Director of Media Relations
Brooks joined the Knights in 2011 following a 34-year newspaper career, the last 26 of which were spent at the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He covered the Knights for the G-T for four seasons from the club’s first year in Corvallis until joining the team. Hatch was named the Knights Staff Member of the Year in 2014.
Brooks is a 1972 graduate of East Aurora (N.Y). High School, where he played baseball and soccer. He graduated from the University of Richmond (Va.) in 1976 with degrees in history and journalism. He worked at the Minot (N.D.) Daily News from 1976-79 and at the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune from 1979-84 before moving to Corvallis to join the Gazette-Times in Oct., 1984.
Brooks also worked as the Director of Writing/Sports Communication Assistant at Oregon State from Aug., 2014 until May, 2017. He and his wife, Margi Dusek, have a son, Owen, a Crescent Valley High School (2016) and Oregon State (2019) graduate who will start at the University of Denver law school this August.
Bobby Merwin is bestowed the honor of taking over for the legendary Bob Knight as the Public Address announcer for the Corvallis Knights, bringing decades of performance experience into the Knights announcing booth.
The Corvallis Knights welcome back Bobby Merwin to the announcers booth for the 2019 West Coast League season. Bobby brings unique and vast experience to the Knights, from radio working at Metro Networks and KXL as a news broadcaster in Portland, to stage performing studying at Comedy Sportz in Portland under some of the best names in comedy, to Stand-Up comedy, winning local awards and touring the pacific northwest for a short time in the early 21st century before slowing down for the moment and moving to eastern Oregon to continue his education at Eastern Oregon University.
Only slowing for a moment Bobby started an improvisational performance group in Pendleton and did local theatre there while attending EOU earning a Bachelor of Science in Health before moving to Corvallis in 2006.
Bobby’s love for performing never waned, and he soon joined an improvisational troupe here in Corvallis soon after arriving until being accepted by Oregon State University into a masters cohort where he was able to earn a Masters in Counseling.
When Bobby is not behind the microphone for the Corvallis Knights he works full time for Acme Counseling, proudly helping those in our community with substance and mental health work. Additionally Bobby keeps his chops by doing voice work for a local production company as well as his own media company.
Bobby lives in Albany now with his wife Emily and daughters Audrey and Maddy.