The 2021 season marks Bre’s 15th 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 and newest born son Conley, who they welcomed into the world in November 2019.
Jennifer Beaumont is entering her fifth season with the Knights and her third season full-time as the Knights first Director of Hospitality. Beaumont was previously the seasonal catering manager for the Knights since June of 2017. Jennifer manages the team’s food & beverage operations as well as group sales.
Beaumont came 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 fourth season with the Knights and his third season full-time. Derek was an intern for the Knights in 2018, and moved into a full-time role for the 2019 season as the Box Office & Facilities Manager. He was promoted to Ticket & Facilities Manager during the 2019 off-season and in 2020, Buchheit was named the Corvallis Knights Staff Member of the Year. His roles include leading the ticketing department, stadium preparation and upkeep, and overseeing the Knights internship program.
Buchheit graduated in June 2018 from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Business.
Derek is from Stayton, Oregon, where he grew up playing baseball, basketball, soccer and football, and graduated from Stayton High School in 2014. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his friends, refereeing high school basketball, and watching sports. His favorite teams are the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, and Seattle Mariners. Derek resides in Philomath and is an active participant in the Philomath Chamber of Commerce.
Sarah Hoechlin is entering her third season with the Knights and her second season full-time as the Knights Promotions and Game Day Operations Coordinator. In 2019, she was named the Knights Staff Member of the Year. Hoechlin will be responsible for community events, office management, website maintenance, and sponsor activation in addition to her roles pertaining to being the Game Day Operations and Promotions Coordinator.
Sarah graduated Cum Laude from Oregon State University in December, 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Minor in Statistics. Prior to transferring to OSU as a Junior, Hoechlin played softball for the Clark College Penguins and captained the team her Freshman and Sophomore year. She is from Springfield, OR and graduated Valedictorian from Thurston High School in 2015. Outside of work, Hoechlin enjoys hiking, playing recreational softball, and watching her favorite MLB teams; the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mike Gits is entering his second season full-time with Knights Baseball Club after serving five years on its board of directors. As the club’s first Partner Relationship Manager, Mike will focus his efforts on business development, the Oregon All Star Series, the NW Baseball Coaches Association convention and Corvallis Knights strategic sales & marketing support.
Prior to joining the Knights as a full-time staffer, Mike worked in Nike’s MLB sports marketing division for 14 years. Gits pitched for the Knights for two summers, 2000-2001. His 17 saves in 2001 still stands as a club single-season record.
He and his wife, Lindsay, have a daughter, Addie (9) and a son, Clutch (7).
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 is at the University of Denver pursuing a Master’s of Law.
Public Address Announcer
Throws: R | Bats: R
Experience: 4 Seasons
Hometown: Albany, OR
Alma Mater: Oregon State University
The Corvallis Knights welcome back Bobby Merwin to the announcers booth for the 2021 season, his third with the team. He took over for the legendary Bob Knight as the Public Address announcer for the team. 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.