Meet our Owners:
Chuck Domino and Craig Holman
Former Pro Baseball Player, Coach, Trainer, Pitching Expert, Proprietor of Successful Baseball and Sport Facilities.
Craig Holman loves teaching baseball as much as he loved playing the sport.
Craig started making a name for himself back as a high school baseball and football player at Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama. There he pitched for his high school baseball team, winning two 5A State Championships and went 24-1 during his high school career.
Craig pitched his college years at Jacksonville State University. He made his mark as one of the most successful pitchers in the history of Jacksonville State baseball. He also helped take the team to four straight World Series appearances from 1988-1991. When Jacksonville State won the Division II National Championships in ’90 and ’91, Craig pitched both championship games to take the title. Craig was an All-American selection as a sophomore and over his four years at Jacksonville State went 32-4 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2007.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft, Craig was also part of the ’95 Reading Phillies Championship Team.
Career Highlights of Craig Holman’s professional baseball career include:
- September 4, 1993: Combined with three other pitchers to throw a no hitter. It was the first time in the 61-year history of the Eastern League that a no hitter was thrown by a quartet of pitchers.
- July 28, 1993: Threw a no hitter for 7 1/3 innings, which ended as a complete game three-hitter. The icing on the cake was Craig’s 6th inning homerun!
A 35-year veteran of the baseball business, Chuck Domino is currently the Chief Executive Manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Squirrels sustained success under the guidance of Domino was most recently acknowledged with Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Award for excellence in 2015. Domino also has consulting agreements with other Minor League franchise. Domino’s efforts have been greatly recognized with his 2010 induction into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame. Following the 2010 season, Domino was also honored as the Eastern League’s Executive of the Year, an award he had previously won four times while with the R-Phils. During their inaugural season in 2010, Domino led the Flying Squirrels to the overall and average attendance crowns in the Eastern League. The Squirrels regained their average attendance crown in 2013. The IronPigs claimed three consecutive overall minor league attendance titles under Domino’s guidance (2010-2012).
2016: Continued to spearhead the transformation of The Diamond with additional fan amenities. 2015: Led the Squirrels to the Eastern League overall and average attendance titles for second consecutive season 2014: Led the Squirrels to the Eastern League overall and average attendance titles. 2013: Led the Squirrels to their second Eastern League average attendance title. 2012: Led Lehigh Valley to their third consecutive overall minor league baseball attendance title … Guided Richmond to their second overall Eastern League attendance crown in three years. 2010: Was named Eastern League Executive of the Year … Led Richmond to overall and average attendance crown in EL … Was inducted into the Reading (PA) Baseball Hall of Fame. 2008: Was inducted into the Berks County Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement in March … R-Phils led the Eastern League in overall and average attendance (436,789/6,423). Oversaw the inaugural season for the IronPigs …Lehigh Valley finished 5th in the International League in overall and average attendance (602,033/8,479). 2007: R-Phils led the Eastern League in overall and average attendance (466,385/6,663) … FirstEnergy Stadium became the first ballpark that has never been home to a Triple-A franchise to welcome it’s 10 millionth fan all-time …The R-Phils became the first E.L. team to draw better than 450,000 fans in eight consecutive seasons … Presented “Champion of Youth Award” by the Olivet Boys and Girls Club … R-Phils were nominated for the Larry MacPhail Award given to the top promoter in the Minors. 2006: Named Eastern League Executive of the Year for the 4th time … Led E.L. in overall and average attendance (460,216/6,669) … The R-Phils became the first E.L. team to draw better than 450,000 fans in seven consecutive seasons … Honored with the Extra Innings Award, presented at the Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar to the team that demonstrates excellence in community service, for the opening of Gordon Hoodak Stadium at Lauer’s Park… Franchise nominated for the Larry MacPhail Award given to the top promoter in the Minors … Named President of both the Reading Phillies (AA) and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA). 2005: Led the Eastern League in attendance at 468,105 fans … The city of Reading became the first E.L. city to surpass the 9-million mark in total attendance (5.9 million fans have come under Domino’s watch) … Broke ground on Gordon Hoodak Stadium at Lauer’s Park. An $850,000 downtown youth stadium built by Baseballtown Charities on the grounds of Lauer’s Park Elementary School. The school is named for the former stadium which housed several professional teams from 1907-1941. The likes of Babe Ruth, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and others have played on site. 2004: Led the R-Phils to an Eastern League best and franchise record 7,138 fans per game … Inducted into the Berks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame … Recipient of Boyscouts “Spirit of Scouting” Award. 2003: Named Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by Baseball America … Guided the Reading Phillies franchise to the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy. The President’s Trophy is the highest honor presented by Minor League Baseball to one organization each year. The winner of the trophy is selected based on franchise stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community and promotion of the baseball industry …Named Community Leader of the Year by the Arthritis Foundation. 2002: Guided Reading to a franchise record attendance of 486,570 fans. 2001: Named “Small Business of the Year” by the Berks County Chamber of Commerce. 2000: Led Reading Phillies to their second Bob Freitas Award, presented by Baseball America given annually to the best operation at each of Minor League Baseball’s four classifications . . . Made Reading the first two time recipient of the award, having also won in 1991 … Also named by Baseball America as the Bob Freitas Award recipients for the decade of the ’90’s … Named “Executive of the Year” by the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association. 1999: Earned club’s second Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy presented annually to the top promoter in Minor League Baseball. 1998: Named Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by The Sporting News. 1997: Eastern League Executive of the Year. 1995: Named the General Manager you would want to run your franchise by Baseball America in an article titled “Building the Perfect Beast” 1994: Recipients of the Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy. 1991: Recipients of the Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America given annually to the best operation at each of Minor League baseball’s four classifications. 1989: Eastern League Executive of the year … The Sporting News Class-AA Executive of the Year. 1988: Eastern League Executive of the year. 1987: Hired as Reading Phillies General Manager 1986: Pioneer League Executive of the year while serving as General Manager of the Idaho Falls Braves. Personal/Misc.: Born in Pittsburgh, PA October 22, 1959 … 1978 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School where he played baseball … 1982 graduate of St. Thomas University (formerly Biscayne College) with a degree in Sports Administration … Resides in Richmond… Also serves as President of Baseballtown Charities, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the Reading Phillies