President / Managing Partner
McPhilliamy has been Managing Partner and Team President since January 2011 after organizing and leading the investment group that helped bring the Hounds to Charlotte.
In his role, McPhilliamy oversees all aspects of the Hounds business operations. Prior to founding the Hounds, he spent 3 years with the Charlotte Bobcats where he served as Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and was responsible for the team’s marketing and ticket sales. In addition to his team responsibilities, McPhilliamy started the Charlotte Hounds Foundation as a way to give back the Charlotte community and help grow the sport.
McPhilliamy has over 20 years sports and entertainment marketing experience and has worked with Dale Earnhardt Inc, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Rockets. McPhilliamy was a partner in BRANDTHINK, one of the leading sports consulting agencies in the country and served as a senior marketing executive with numerous major agencies including DraftWorldwide and Digitas.
Jim is a graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children and two dogs and they reside in the Myers Park area of Charlotte.
Vice President / General Manager
Leaphart officially joined Jim McPhilliamy and the Charlotte-based team as Director of Sales & Marketing on March 1, 2011.
As Director of Sales & Marketing, Leaphart was instrumental in the team's formation, establishing business operations, managing outreach programs, player personnel, merchandise, fan engagement, social media, branding & marketing and sales with a focus on securing new team sponsors and season tickets. He was promoted to Vice President / General Manager on June 14, 2012.
The University of South Carolina grad and Game Face alum has held various sales and marketing positions, including two seasons with the ECHL’s Fresno Falcons, a four year run with Bobcats Sports and Entertainment and a stint with Revolution Racing, revamping the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.
Wade enjoys grilled meat, breaking world records, watching mindless reality TV and his favorite athlete is a toss up between Charles Barkley and Will Clark. He and his wife Tracie and 3 children call the Mountain Island area of Charlotte home.
Community Relations / Group Sales
Boyles joined the Hounds in January 2012. As Community Relations Manager, Kristy is focused on group sales and the growth of lacrosse in the Carolinas. Specifically, she is responsible for team grassroots outreach programs, building relationships with area youth programs, as well as management of the team's retail operation.
The University of Richmond graduate and Spider lacrosse alum has been actively involved with the lacrosse community in the Carolinas since moving to Charlotte in 2006. Kristy has experience in both coaching and program direction at the youth and varsity levels and is the current girls varsity lacrosse Head Coach at Charlotte Country Day School.
Kristy and her husband Jason, along with two wonderfully crazy Golden Retrievers, reside in the Elizabeth area of Charlotte.
Ticket Operations / Business Manager
Nyeste joined the Hounds in October 2012. He oversees numerous aspects of team business operations and ticket operations, and plays a large role in the overall ticket sales and service effort.
Before moving to Charlotte, Corbin coached Varsity goalies at his former high school, Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, OH. Corbin moved to Charlotte in June 2011 looking to start his career in sports. Corbin originally joined the Hounds in February 2012 as Ticket Sales intern and halfway through the team's inaugural season, he joined the Hounds' Practice Squad as a back-up goalie.
Corbin earned a B.A. in Marketing at Ohio University. At OU, Corbin was President of the campus's American Marketing Association chapter, as well as Vice President and Captain of the Ohio Men's Club Lacrosse program. Corbin also volunteered as a Marketing & Promotions assistant with the Ohio University Athletic Department.
In his free time, Corbin enjoys spending time outside, watching sports, and going out Uptown with friends. He also enjoys beating Wade in racquetball. Corbin and his fiancé Anna live in Commonwealth Park with their dogs Rudy and TJ.
Ticket Sales Associate
David Huson joined the front office staff on February 15, 2013.
As Ticket Sales Associate, Huson is primarily responsible for season ticket sales and group sales, as well as being a consistent presence at business and community events.
The Marymount University grad spent time with the Washington Redskins and Charlotte Bobcats before landing his position in Major League Lacrosse.
Communications & Marketing Manager
Jillian joined the Hounds on a part-time basis in April 2012, but was brought on full-time in September 2014. She handles a variety of responsibilities including publications, press releases, website content, social media, press credentials and other requests as needed.
Before moving to Charlotte in September 2011, Jillian earned a B.A. in Broadcasting-Mass Communication from SUNY Oswego and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism-Sports Reporting from Boston University. She was an intern in the Major League Lacrosse office during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, serving as reporter/correspondent for game recaps, feature assignments and special events. Jillian also held various positions with SportsBusiness Daily, the YMCA and Boston’s WEEI.com.
A native of Batavia, N.Y., Jillian spends her free time playing intramural sports and cheering on the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. She resides in the Cotswold neighborhood of Charlotte.
Blue made his debut at the first ever Hounds game on April 28, 2012. The fun loving canine was named by the fans via a name the team campaign on the Hounds facebook page and website. Blue has all the qualities of a Plott Hound...athletic, muscular, agile, indifferent to other dogs and loves the attention of humans. You can see Blue at all home games and out in the community. In his free time, he enjoys fetching lacrosse balls, marking his territory and hunting boar. Blue resides at Hounds HQ in Uptown Charlotte.
Did you know that the Plott Hound is the State Dog of NC?