It’s not just the players and coaches that have dreamed of making it to the big leagues. Many of our front office staff shared the same dream and contributes to the team’s overall success.
In honor of Women’s History Month, each week, we will take a closer look at the career paths of Mets employees as they achieved their goal of working in professional sports.
Ezinne Nwaogu — Manager of Guest Experience
This is a photo of me competing in a 4 x 400m relay race in 2003. I competed as a sprinter in indoor and outdoor track & field all through high school. My love for running and all things sports was passed down from my dad. When I wasn’t running, he and I would often kick around a soccer ball in our backyard or go to the tennis courts at the nearby park to lob a few balls back and forth. My dad also passed down to me his love of baseball and all things New York Mets. When he’d travel to Nigeria and I wasn’t able to go with him, I’d often watch a baseball game to feel close to him. Now I am the Manager of Guest Experience for the New York Mets and I aid in fostering a relationship with guests to ensure that our organization is providing an Amazin’ first-class “driveway to driveway” experience. My Dad comes out to games all the time and brags to anyone who’ll listen that his daughter works for the New York Mets (*cringe* lol). Working for the team that he and I used to cheer on when I was kid is just another lifelong dream come true and if it was even possible, has brought us even closer. I’ve been with the Mets for 10 years and am looking forward to seeing what the next 10 bring. — Ezinne Nwaogu
Nicole Losito — Coordinator for Venue Services
This is a photo of me on the cover of the 2009 Media Guide my senior year of College. I started playing softball when I was 3, so to say my dream came true to play college ball is an understatement. After years of hard work and dedication put in by myself and my family I was able to live out my dream. Stepping on the field as a college player for the first time was life changing. I always dreamed the day would come for women to have a professional league and even though that was not the case when I graduated college, I think I landed the next best thing… being able to work for the New York Mets ! Today I am a Coordinator for Venue Services and living out my dream on and off the field. — Nicole Losito
Brianna Dammers — Security Coordinator
This is a photo from my Sophomore year of High School. I played 3rd base and my most fond memories are when my entire family would come to cheer me on. My love of sports is rooted in my family and upbringing. I’ve been a Mets fan since birth, but my first trip to Shea Stadium when I was 12 solidified my love for the team. I spent the next number of years going to countless games with my friends and family, the most notable being my grandparents 50th Anniversary. My entire family; grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, loaded up in a limo and headed to Shea. We had the most amazing time cheering on the Mets; it is a memory that will stick with me forever. When it came time to choose a career path, it was a no brainer, I wanted to be in sports. I was accepted to the incredible Sport Management program at SUNY Cortland, and from there I made it my goal to work in professional sports. Today, I am a Security Coordinator, going into my 8th Season with the Mets. Being able to contribute to the growth of my department is something I take great pride in. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to live out my dream each and every day. — Brianna Dammers
Laura South — Director of Broadcasting and Events
Sports have always put a smile on my face and photo day in little league was no exception. Years of playing softball made me laugh, cry, scream and caused more injuries than I could count (Sorry, Mom!). I learned that you can’t control the umpires or the weather, you can only control your reaction to them. I had games with three triples to bring us a win and games with three errors to settle us in defeat. All of these life lessons from Little League through travel softball, to my first day working in the Minor Leagues, and finally my very own big league call up, are what make me the career woman I am today as the Director of Broadcasting and Events for the New York Mets. — Laura South
Jillian Sixsmith-Cox — Coordinator of Ticket Operations
I loved playing sports when I was younger. My mom was very supportive of my dreams and put me in various classes. I did gymnastics, sailing, ice skating, dance and soccer but little league was not one of them. I started playing field hockey in middle school and instantly fell in love with the sport. I made the varsity team my freshman year of high school at Riverdale. My picture is from when we played in the New York State finals in 2009. We sadly lost in the last few minutes of the game, which was heartbreaking, but losing did not ruin my love for sports. While I was very active, I knew I truly loved sports when my older brothers took me to my first baseball game, my first professional sporting event when I was six. I was so giddy the day I was told I was being promoted to Coordinator of Ticket Operations. I would have never imagined working for a professional baseball team in New York City. I love being able to give others the same joy in sports as I have every day, and hope there are other women who are inspired to follow a similar path. — Jillian Sixsmith-Cox