Bill Lee Bill Lee has been the Commissioner of the Frontier League since 1994, the League's second year of operation.

After graduating from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Mass Communications, Lee played in the Atlanta Braves organization and the independent Lone Star League. He then worked for the Birmingham Barons as their Assistant General Manager and Public Relations Director before moving on to become the General Manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts. While with the Lookouts, Lee was the Southern League's Executive of the Year in 1989. Just before joining the Frontier League, he was the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for the Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club in the Western Hockey League. Lee was chosen as Marketing Executive of the Year of that League in 1991.

While Lee has been the Frontier League Commissioner, the League has enjoyed great success, expanding into a 14-team circuit with clubs in seven states plus Ontario. Bill lives in Shiloh, Illinois.

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Steve Tahsler

Steve Tahsler was promoted to Deputy Commissioner for the Frontier League following the 2009 season. Steve is entering his 16th season in the Frontier League and most recently served as General Manager for the Windy City ThunderBolts. He has also been the General Manager for the Slippery Rock Sliders, Evansville Otters, and Dubois County Dragons along with serving as Director of Operations for the Otters.

Steve was selected Frontier League Executive of the Year in 2005 and 2006, while his teams won the Organization of the Year award in 1997 and a Commissioner’s Award of Excellence in 2004 and 2009. His teams have set 11 club single-season attendance records and advanced to the Frontier League playoffs in 11 out of 13 seasons, including seven appearances in the Frontier League Championship Series and winning championships in 2006, 2007, and 2008. With the ThunderBolts, Steve was selected the Minor League Executive of the Year by the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago in 2008, received an Award of Merit from the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and was voted Member of the Year by the Crestwood Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Steve is a graduate of Georgia State University where he worked in the Sports Information Department. Prior to joining the Frontier League, he also worked with the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League and was a member of the Results Staff for Baseball for the 1996 Olympics.

Steve is originally from Bay Village, Ohio (near the Lake Erie Crushers’ ballpark) and now resides in Fairview Heights, Illinois, with his wife, Jodi, and their Chihuahua, Chico.

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Mike Rains

Mike Rains began his role as the Sports Information Intern for the Frontier League in April 2013. He came to the Frontier League after earning his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Fontbonne University.

Rains is currently in his last semester of his Masters of Sports Management degree at Missouri Baptist University. At MBU Rains worked as a graduate assistant in the sports information office. There he was in charge of the media relations, game operations, statistics, and other various duties for the baseball, softball, men's volleyball, women’s basketball, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field teams.

Rains also works part-time in the athletic office at Lindbergh High School, assisting with the daily operations of the athletic department.

While at Fontbonne, Rains was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council from 2009 to 2011. He was also captain of the bowling team his junior and senior seasons.

Rains has been gaining experience in the Sports Management world through various internships. He worked for Platinum Sports and Entertainment Management, a baseball player agency in St. Charles. He has also worked for the Coaches vs. Cancer division of The American Cancer Society, and shadowed the General Manager of the Springfield Cardinals Double A Baseball team for a week.

In high school, Rains was the Editor-in-Chief and the Sports Editor of the Pilot, the school newspaper; and was a percussionist in the Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band, marching in the 2006 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

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