By Willie T. Smith
The Greenville News
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Following a nine-year stint with the company, ScheerSports, Inc. vice president/general manager Byron Rucker resigned Thursday. Rucker has been named executive director for Greenville Events, Inc.
“The opportunities and challenges ahead with Greenville Events are very exciting. I’m a Greenville native with a great love for my hometown and I hope to showcase both the community and our events in the best light possible,” said Rucker. “The opportunity was a solid opportunity that came at a good time in my life and my career. I’ve enjoyed the time with ScheerSports and have had the opportunity to supervise some great events and work with some great teams. But, like everyone, I needed a new challenge in my life, a kick in the seat.”
Rucker directed the day-to-day operations of three minor league teams during his tenure – the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL, Carolina Rhinos of arenafootball2 and the Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Developmental League.
“Byron has been a tower of strength for us through this period of time,” said Carl Scheer, chairman and CEO of the Greenville Grrrowl and ScheerSports. “He has been a long-time, dedicated associate that we will miss dearly. We know he’ll go on to great things and greater successes.”
Rucker will remain with ScheerSports through next week, supervising the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball tournament, which will be played at the BI-LO Center. He will also supervise Greenville Grrrowl games against the Charlotte Checkers and Pee Dee Pride tonight and Saturday night.
Rucker joined ScheerSports in 1997 when his company, Marquee Events, Inc., which produced the South Carolina high school football and basketball championships and the North/South high school all-star football game, merged with the one owned by Scheer.
Rucker listed several events as highlights while with ScheerSports: the 2002 first- and second-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament games at the BI-LO Center, the Grrrowl’s 2002 Kelly Cup championship and Michael Jordan’s debut with the Washington Wizards in 2001, an exhibition game at the BI-LO Center.