Melissa McCants Azevedo
Vice President/Special Events
Melissa, a native of Charleston, SC, joined the team in 1989. As a teenager, Melissa answered phones, sold programs, ran merchandise and handled picnics for the Charleston Rainbows. During that time, she was also a part of the name change and logo redesign from Rainbows to the present-day Charleston RiverDogs.
Melissa attended the College of Charleston, where she completed her work-study program in their Media Relations Department while earning a B.A. in Corporate Communications with a concentration in Marketing and Public Relations.
In 1996, Melissa was named Community Relations Director for the RiverDogs. After ten years with the club, Melissa accepted the Director of Sports Marketing position for the College of Charleston where she played a part in the opening of Patriots Points’ Baseball, Softball & Soccer Facility. That year, Melissa received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the CofC Dept of Communications.
In 2004, Melissa pursued self-employment and launched a web-based business called Here’s The Deal, LLC and also made her way back home to the RiverDogs where she is currently the Vice President of Special Events. In 2011 Melissa was named the South Atlantic League Female Executive of the year.
Melissa, her husband, Tyson and daughter Brynlee reside in West Ashley.
Special Events Manager
Blackman, a native of Goose Creek, is a former RiverDogs special events intern who first worked with the club during the Fall of 2014 before joining the full-time staff prior to the 2016 season, including returning the special events department in 2018. In between her stints with the RiverDogs, she worked in the medical profession as a patient services representative and a physician’s office specialist.
A 2011 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Experimental Psychology, Blackman added a master’s in Health, Exercise and Sport Science at The Citadel.
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