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September 21, 2015
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Smith River Sports Complex and Director of Operations Billy Russo announced the hiring of Houston Stutz as the new director of marketing and public relations on Monday.

"We are very excited to have Houston join the SRSC staff," Russo said. "His background and experience in the area of sports communications and PR will be a great asset to us and the fact that he is local is also very valuable."

Stutz comes to SRSC after working two seasons in professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins organizations. Stutz spent the 2015 season working in Jupiter, Fla. as a media relations assistant at Roger Dean Stadium, the spring training home to the Cardinals and Marlins. The stadium also plays host to over 140 games throughout the summer for the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads, the Single-A Advanced affiliates for both clubs. In 2014, Stutz worked as the media relations director and play-by-play voice of the Johnson City Cardinals, Rookie affiliate for St. Louis, in Johnson City, Tenn.

During both seasons, the Bassett native handled all media relations activities for national, regional and local outlets. Stutz was also in charge of maintaining the minor league affiliates' websites and social media accounts, as well as staffing and training press box workers.

"I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity to work with SRSC in the community I grew up in," Stutz said. "This is a world-class facility and I look forward to bringing the knowledge I have gained in past experiences to help enhance the visibility of this complex, as well as the great events it hosts throughout the year."

Prior to his time in professional baseball, Stutz worked in a media relations and radio position with the Martinsville Mustangs in 2013. Houston is a 2014 graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor's degree in journalism along with minors in sports communications and coaching education.

While at JMU, Stutz spent two years broadcasting multiple sports, including basketball and football, for the athletic department's online web stream. He was also a four-year member of JMU's marching band, the Marching Royal Dukes. Houston also volunteered as an assistant coach for Spotswood High School's girls' varsity basketball team during the 2013-2014 season, in which the team went 27-1 in route to the Virginia Group AAA state championship.

To contact Stutz about marketing opportunities or party reservations, please call 276-638-5200, ext. 2, or email hstutz@SmithRiverSportsComplex.com. Also be sure to follow the Smith River Sports Complex on Facebook and Twitter @SmithRiverSport for the latest news around SRSC.