After 12 years working in the Newport Gulls media department, the organization has promoted long-time broadcaster Nick Lima to the front office position of Director of Baseball Operations, effective May 2.

“The Gulls have been very fortunate to have Nick Lima as part of our organization for so many years, and there are few people who know our team’s operation inside and out like he does,” said team President and General Manager Chuck Paiva. “I have confidence that Nick will do well in his new role of increased responsibility, and look forward to another outstanding Gulls season with him managing our baseball operations.”

Among numerous other responsibilities, Lima will be coordinating Gulls sponsorships, advertising, game day operations, ticketing, and managing historic Cardines Field on game nights, while managing the team’s volunteers, interns, and staff. He will likewise continue overseeing the team’s media operations – considered among the best in the country in summer collegiate baseball – and he will remain the primary press contact for media inquiries.

“I’ve been associated with the Gulls on a part-time basis for a long time now, and have enjoyed every minute I’ve been part of this amazing organization,” Lima said. “I’m excited to take on this expanded role, and honored that the Gulls ownership group has entrusted me with this important responsibility.

“My job this summer will be to make sure that the Newport Gulls experience for our community is the best it’s ever been, and I look forward to the challenge of ‘Raising the Bar in Summer Collegiate Baseball’ even higher,” Lima said, referencing the Gulls long-time tagline. “General Manager Paiva and the owners expect nothing but the best for our fans, players, volunteers, interns, sponsors, host families, coaches, and other community partners – a challenge I look forward to. I am honored to have the privilege to work for an organization that gives back to the community at such a high level, all while fielding one of the best summer collegiate baseball teams in the nation.”

Lima, who began as Newport’s part-time television play-by-play broadcaster in 2004, has served as the team’s Director of Media Relations since 2012, and will continue in that role while additionally managing many of the organization’s day-to-day baseball operations for the 2016 season. Lima previously served as Director of Broadcast Operations from 2006-2010, and has broadcast hundreds of Gulls games on television, radio, and the Internet over the last 12 seasons. Since 2012, he has managed all media operations and public relations, and has increasingly taken on more responsibilities in the front office, leading to his promotion.

A native of Tiverton, R.I., Lima is a recent graduate of Rhode Island College, and has resided in Cranston, R.I. (where the Gulls were originally founded in 1998) since 2007. His younger brother, Tom, is the team’s Director of Broadcast Operations, and has likewise been with the organization since 2004.

On the field, Lima was the pregame and postgame show host for all Gulls home games, and served as lead play-by-play broadcaster, traveling with the team on the road while always donning a full suit and his trademark fedora at Cardines Field. Since joining the Gulls, Lima’s play-by-play has appeared on over a dozen New England radio stations, numerous television stations, Cox Sports and the MLB Network, and via the NECBL Broadcast Network he has had the call for 27 playoff series, including league championship series in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and multiple exhibitions against Team USA, Team China and several Cape Cod Baseball League teams. Lima was also elected by NECBL officials and general managers in 2009 and 2010 as the All-Star Broadcaster for the Southern and Eastern Division, respectively, having the call for both games. Nick Lima, together with his brother Tom, won the PEG Award for “Best Sports Program in Rhode Island” for their video coverage of the Gulls.

Off the field, Lima, a U.S. Army veteran, has long been involved in both local politics and many community organizations. He is a member of the St. Mary’s Feast Society of Cranston, and serves as First Vice Chairman of the Shamrock Society of North Providence. He also previously worked for several years each as a broadcaster for the Rhode Island College Anchormen, Tiverton High School Tigers, and for 90.7 WXIN-FM, where he was General Manager from 2010-2012; he has also worked as a writer and editor for numerous print publications.

For sponsorship information, general inquiries about the 2016 season, or questions about volunteering for the Newport Gulls, Nick Lima can be reached via cell phone at 401-862-1435, or via email at operations@newportgulls.com. Media inquiries should still be sent to media@newportgulls.com.

The Newport Gulls, members of the 13-team New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded as the Rhode Island Gulls in 1998 in Cranston, R.I., before moving to Newport in 2001. In addition to recruiting, fielding, and developing a team of the nation’s top collegiate baseball athletes and attracting 50,000 fans annually to Cardines Field, the predominantly volunteer organization strives to benefit the youth of Newport County via summer camps, reading programs, fundraisers, scholarships, and charitable donations – totaling over $1 million since 2001. The Gulls are six-time champions of the NECBL – the winningest franchise in league history – and were ranked as the overall No. 1 summer collegiate baseball team in the country by Perfect Game USA in 2012.

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Ryan M. Belmore

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