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LeBlanc: 'Host' of duties for 'stangs

Nicole LeBlanc...eager to build Mustangs brand.
Nicole LeBlanc...eager to build Mustangs brand.
Milwaukee Mustangs

Nicole LeBlanc's duties for the Milwaukee Mustangs require her to wear a lot of hats.

The recent UW-Whitewater grad works as Media Relations Manager for the Arena Football League club.

But on game days, LeBlanc dons a jersey, picks up a microphone and roams around the Bradley Center.

She is sometimes flanked by Stang, the mascot and by a member or two of the Fillies Dance Team as well.

"Everybody around here has been very helpful," LeBlanc said of her teammates in the front office. "The girls (Fillies) were wonderful in showing me around. When I first got here (at the BC), I didn't even know how to get up to the stands from the field."

LeBlanc may be asking a fan a trivia question or giving out prizes and T-shirts from the many sponsors like Brick 3 Pizza.

Working for the Mustangs is not her first taste of the Indoor Game.

LeBlanc worked for the Wisconsin Wolfpack of the Central Indoor Football League out of Madison while still studying at UW-W.

That's the league that featured the ill-fated Milwaukee Bonecrushers a few years back.

During her senior year, she had an internship at 540ESPN in Milwaukee, which has since become the flagship broadcasting station for the team's games.

"I want the team to do well," LeBlanc said. "I want to help take us to the next level one step at a time.

"I'm kind of excited for next season. Even though our season ends at the end of July, that's when a lot of work needs to be done (for 2012)...the planning and meetings."

Principal Owner Chris Rebholz has been building a team to expand the Mustangs brand and LeBlanc is the latest cog in that machine.

Rebholz took over the reins in late January and has been playing catch-up ever since.

Add to that, the frowns from the scheduling gods, some key departures from the 2010 roster (which made it to the conference finals) and the team on the field has been struggling a bit at 4-10.

The Illinois native likes her job. It keeps her "close to friends and family...about an hour and a half from home"...and even closer to her fellow Warhawks.

Back at the Mustangs' offices on 933 North Mayfair Road, LeBlanc is responsible for planning promotions, ticket deals, setting up player visits (mostly to elementary and middle schools) and other events.

LeBlanc spoke with pride about the recent Variety Club of Wisconsin Children's Charity Night which saw the team's best attendance of the season and featured Super Bowl XLV Champion Ryan Grant.

One thing is certain.

The outgoing LeBlanc is happy to be working in a field she loves and for a team she feels she can grow with.


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