MARTIN, Tenn. – Manny Colon, the director of team travel for the Miami Marlins and a 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, addressed around 300 Skyhawk student-athletes and sports management majors this evening at Watkins Auditorium in the Boling University Center.
Colon, who is in his third season as the Marlins’ traveling secretary, paid a visit to his alma mater on his way to an offseason trip to his hometown of Clarksville, Tenn.
Colon discussed his time at UT Martin and his journey to the front office of a Major League Baseball franchise. He then fielded questions from the crowd to conclude his hour-long informative session.
While at UT Martin, Colon was the first full-time person to play the role of Captain Skyhawk, the athletic department’s official mascot. He worked in athletics and even served as the public address announcer at UT Martin baseball games before graduating with a degree in business administration with an emphasis on international business.
Colon started working for the Marlins as an intern in 2002 and earned his first full-time job as a Marlins player relations assistant during the 2003 season, when the then-Florida Marlins defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series. He also briefly worked in player development before accepting his current position, where he serves as a personal travel agent for around 60 Marlins players, coaches and support staff from spring training in February until the end of the season in mid-October.