Front Office

Jim McPhilliamy


Jim McPhilliamy

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

College & Degree: Baylor University, B.B.A

Year moved to Charlotte: 2003

Neighborhood currently living in: Myers Park

Family: Wife Kelly, two kids Keira and Connor, two yellow labs Dutch and Daisy

Favorite local coffee shop: Prefer hot tea

One thing on your bucket list: To win a North American championship

Best book you’ve read this year: “Money: Master The Game” by Tony Robbins


Since organizing and leading the investment group that helped bring the Hounds to Charlotte in 2011, Jim has served as the team’s Managing Partner and President. In his role, Jim oversees all aspects of the Hounds’ business operations. Additionally, Jim started the Charlotte Hounds Foundation as a way to give back to the community and help grow the sport of lacrosse in the Carolinas.


Jim has over 20 years of sports and entertainment marketing experience. Prior to founding the Hounds, Jim spent three years with the Charlotte Bobcats, where he served as Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and was responsible for the team’s marketing and ticket sales. He also has worked with Dale Earnhardt Inc, the Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Rockets. In addition, Jim was a partner in BRANDTHINK, one of the leading sports consulting agencies in the country, and served as a senior marketing executive with numerous major agencies, including DraftWorldwide and Digitas.


Outside of the office, Jim is an avid tennis player and enjoys cold beer.

Phone: 704-206-1515


Twitter & Instagram:  @mcphilliamy

Wade Leaphart

Vice President / General Manager

Wade Leaphart

Hometown: Columbia, SC

College & Degree: University of South Carolina, B.S. in Retailing

Year moved to Charlotte: 2005

Neighborhood currently living in: Mountain Island

Family: Wife Tracie and four kids

Favorite local coffee shop: Coffee House at Mountain Island

One thing on your bucket list: Attend a Liverpool match

Best book you’ve read this year: “The Manager” by Mike Carson


Leaphart officially joined the Hounds as Director of Sales & Marketing on March 1, 2011. He was instrumental in the team's formation, establishing business operations, managing outreach programs, player personnel, merchandise, fan engagement, social media, branding, marketing and sales with a focus on securing new team sponsors and season tickets. He was promoted to his current role on June 14, 2012.


Before delving into Major League Lacrosse, Wade held various sales and marketing positions, including two seasons with the ECHL’s Fresno Falcons, a four-year run with Bobcats Sports & Entertainment and a stint with Revolution Racing, where he was responsible for revamping the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.


Outside of the office, Wade spends his time attending tea parties and playing with legos.

Phone:  704-206-1516


Twitter & Instagram:  @Leaphart3

Kristy Boyles

Community Relations / Group Sales

Kristy Boyles

Hometown: Skaneateles, NY

College & Degree: University of Richmond, B.S. in Biology & Business Administration

Year moved to Charlotte: 2006

Neighborhood currently living in: Chantilly

Family: Husband Jason, son Liam, golden retrievers Kennedy and Addy

Favorite local coffee shop: Starbucks on 7th Street because its walkable, they know my name and order, and I always run into someone I know

One thing on your bucket list: Become a “46er” – hike all 46 high peaks in the Adirondack Mountains (NY)

Best book you’ve read this year: "The Talent Code" by Daniel Coyle


Kristy has been with the Hounds since their inception in January 2012. As Community Relations Manager, she is focused on group sales and the growth of lacrosse in the Carolinas. Specifically, Kristy is responsible for grassroots outreach programs and building relationships with area youth programs. She also manages the Hounds’ retail and merchandise operations.


Prior to joining the Hounds, Kristy spent five years as an operational healthcare consultant for Premier Inc.


In addition to her duties with the Hounds, Kristy serves as co-Director of the Queen City Stars girls lacrosse club and Head Coach of Charlotte Country Day’s varsity girls lacrosse team. When she is not on the lacrosse field, Kristy enjoys hiking and running.

Phone: 704-206-1518


Twitter & Instagram:  @kfboyles

Corbin Nyeste

Ticket Operations / Business Manager

Corbin Nyeste

Hometown: Upper Arlington, OH

College & Degree: Ohio University, B.A. in Marketing

Year moved to Charlotte: 2011

Neighborhood currently living in: FreeMoreWest

Family: My wife, Anna, and two rescue dogs, Rudy & TJ

Favorite local coffee shop: Kenilworth Espresso

One thing on your bucket list: To see the Aurora Borealis

Best book you’ve read this year: “Paddle Your Own Canoe” by Nick Offerman


Corbin originally joined the Hounds as a Ticket Sales Intern in February 2012, but was brought on full time in October of that same year. He manages all aspects of our Ticketmaster Archtics system, oversees all box office operations, creates various ticket reports for league tracking, records team expenses, tracks budgets, assists in team travel arrangements, coordinates game day field set-up and reconciles bank deposits. Corbin also handles several other office-related administrative tasks as needed. 


Before moving to Charlotte, Corbin coached Varsity lacrosse goalies at his former high school, Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, OH. He even joined the Hounds’ Practice Squad as a back-up goalie halfway through the team's inaugural season. During his time at OU, Corbin served as President of the campus' American Marketing Association chapter, as well as Vice President and Captain of the Ohio Men's Club Lacrosse Program. He also volunteered as a Marketing & Promotions assistant with the OU Athletic Department.


When not in the office or on the lacrosse field, Corbin enjoys spending time outside with his dogs, playing golf, going to concerts, traveling, cooking and sampling craft beers.

Phone: 704-206-1521


Twitter & Instagram:  @CNyeste

Jillian Fay

Communications Manager

Jillian Fay

Hometown: Batavia, NY

College & Degree: SUNY Oswego, B.A. in Broadcasting-Mass Communication; Boston University, M.S. in Broadcast Journalism-Sports Reporting

Year moved to Charlotte: Fall 2011

Neighborhood currently living in: Uptown

Favorite local coffee shop: Nova’s Bakery

One thing on your bucket list: Pet a Koala bear in Australia

Best book you’ve read this year: “The Price of Silence” by William D. Cohan


Jillian joined the Hounds on a part-time basis in April 2012, but was brought on full-time in September 2014. She handles a variety of responsibilities including publications, press releases, media relations, website content, social media, press credentials and other requests as needed.


Prior to accepting her position with the Hounds, Jillian spent three years at SportsBusiness Daily, including two as a Staff Writer. Before moving to Charlotte, Jillian was an intern in the Major League Lacrosse office during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, serving as a reporter/correspondent for game recaps, feature assignments and special events. She also interned at Boston's, creating content for the site's various team blogs. Jillian got her start in sports as a YMCA gymnastics coach, and later was promoted to Gymnastics Program Director.


Outside of the office, Jillian enjoys playing intramural sports (flag football, kickball and softball), exploring Charlotte’s craft beer offerings and cheering on the Buffalo Bills & Buffalo Sabres. 


Phone:  704-206-1524



Twitter & Instagram:  @jillfay

Patrick O'Leary

Ticket Sales Associate

Patrick O'Leary

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

College & Degree: University of South Carolina, B.A. in Management & Marketing

Year moved to Charlotte: 2015

Neighborhood currently living in: Myers Park

Favorite local coffee shop: Hot green tea is the way to go. I like to throw some pomegranate in there.

One thing on your bucket list: I’d like to attend a World Cub Final at some point. That’s one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, championship in the world. So few people get the opportunity to experience something like that in their life. 

Best book you’ve read this year: I’m currently in the middle of both Questlove’s autobiography, “Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove,” and Roman Abromovich’s biography, “Abramovich: The Billionaire from Nowhere.” I’ll have to let you know my choice when I’m finished, as they have completely different tones.


Patrick joined the team in February 2015, and is responsible for ensuring that all of the fans have the best experience possible. He wants to make sure everyone is not just satisfied but ecstatic about our games. Patrick is here to help bring fans out and keep them coming back with new friends, family members, and co-workers. He always wants to ensure that our fans are getting an experience tailor made to them and will not attempt to push someone to packages that don’t fit their wants or needs.


Born in Greensboro, NC, Patrick has since lived in New Orleans, LA, Chattanooga, TN, Columbia, SC, and Blaine, MN. While he has moved around quite a bit, Patrick has always had a connection to the Carolinas. His mom grew up in Charlotte and his grandparents lived in Rock Hill. The opportunity to move to Charlotte and help build two great teams was an exciting opportunity that Patrick jumped to get on board with. Prior to joining the the Hounds, Patrick worked with Major League Soccer’s National Sales Center, which helped prepare him for a role in a growing sport. That experience allowed him to see the unique ways that each team handles their organization and their fans. Patrick is excited to bring that knowledge to Charlotte as we continue to grow lacrosse in the Queen City.


When not in the office, Patrick enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, watching any soccer that happens to be on TV, playing soccer, exploring Charlotte (he’s still new here) and sitting in his giant foof chair (which is basically a couch sized bean bag chair with foam instead of beans).


Phone: 704-206-1520




Twitter: @Patanooga

Blue the Plott Hound


Blue the Plott Hound

Blue made his debut at the first ever Hounds game on April 28, 2012.  The fun loving canine was named by the fans via a name the team campaign on the Hounds facebook page and website.  Blue has all the qualities of a Plott Hound...athletic, muscular, agile, indifferent to other dogs and loves the attention of humans.  You can see Blue at all home games and out in the community.  In his free time, he enjoys fetching lacrosse balls, marking his territory and hunting boar.  Blue resides at Hounds HQ in Uptown Charlotte.

Did you know that the Plott Hound is the State Dog of NC?

twitter  @YourBoyBlue00

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