Johnny SoleDirector of Community Relations
Phone: 708.489.2255 Ext. 2018
Director of Community Relations Johnny Sole begins his fifth season with the ThunderBolts in 2021 after spending five years with the Chicago Bandits softball team of National Pro Fastpitch. Johnny started as an intern with the Bandits working in the box office and broadcasting. He was promoted to full-time staff in 2013 as Director of Ticket Sales. With the Bandits, part of his duties led him to assisting with the planning of the Battle of the Sexes games between the ThunderBolts and Bandits. Johnny transitioned smoothly to the ThunderBolts organization for the 2017 season, taking over our incentive program, kids club, donations, and Boomer appearances. Johnny is also fully responsible for our annual School Days and Splash Days.
He graduated from Maine South High School in 2006, and then went on to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010 in both Radio-television and Journalism. He then served as a radio broadcaster for SIU women's basketball, volleyball, and softball before joining the Bandits. Johnny has served as a part-time P.A. announcer for various Maine South and Park Ridge Park District athletic events. He also worked on the sports staff at WSIU FM during his college career, where he covered various Saluki events as well as local events, including the Southern Illinois Miners' Frontier League games.