Chico Heat Ownership

Pat Gillick


Pat Gillick – Born in Chico, Pat is the son of Larry Gillick, the longest tenured Sheriff in Butte County history. Pat Gillick played basbeball on a National Championship team for USC and is a 3-time Major League Baseball World Champion as a General Manager. Twice, with the Toronto Blue Jays and once, with the Philadelphia Philllies. Prior to being named GM of the Phillies, Gillick held the same position with the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Mariners. His career record as a GM stands at 2,276-1,993 (.533). Pat is in both the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “I’m at the point in life where you want to give something back. What we’re trying to do here in Chico is give these young players an opportunity to play in a very competitive league in a good city, a good environment and a good stadium and help them develop their skills.”

Steve & Kathy Nettleton


Steve & Kathy Nettleton – Recognized within the Chico community as a successful businessman, community leader, philanthropist, volunteer and major supporter of organizations such as California State University, Chico, The Boys and Girls Club of Chico and Enloe Medical Center of Chico. Mr. Nettleton has served as president for both the Chico Rotary Club and Chico Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the boards of all three of the above-mentioned organizations as well as Tri Counties Bank and North State National Bank.

Steve, along with his wife Kathy of 54 years, have been ardent in their love of Chico, and in sharing their good fortune with these respective organizations that provide educational opportunities, life-saving services and life-changing guidance for young people growing up in Chico. Their greatest pleasure has been in donating substantial gifts toward the construction and development of these well deserving organizations.

Steve and Kathy have lived in Chico since 1971 and, like many of their good friends, have given untold hours of time and support to the many other deserving organization in the community. Their “good works” continue to help the community, and they feel blessed to be a part of their cherished Chico, California. “It is very exciting for me and Kathy to have the Chico Heat return to Nettleton Stadium. Our Beloved mascot, HEATER, will soon return to his many fans. It is our hope that the 2016 season will be the success that the Heat enjoyed in its past!”

Bill Yuill


Bill Yuill – Bill is Chairman and CEO of The Monarch Corporation, a private investment company with assets under management in communications, technology, real estate, transportation and sports properties. Bill is a Director for Shaw Communications and until recently served as a Director of the Western Financial Group. He currently serves as a Director for TSO Logic Inc. He is also an owner in the Western Hockey League, a member of the Foundation of St. Andrew’s College and a Director of McKenzie Meadows Golf Course.

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GWL Attendance Grows Year Two

Extreme Heat Burns Chico

September 28, 2017, Chico, CA:  Following a stellar inaugural season, Great West League overall attendance showed an increase in 2017.  "We're extremely happy with how our infant league is growing," said GWL Commissioner Ken Wilson.  "We had more fans attend our games this season than last."

Attendance in the recently completed regular season totaled 192,115, for an average of 1,076 per game.  In 2016, the league drew 191,629 in 17 fewer dates.  The 2017 post-season featured 8-games and drew 9,625, for an average of 1,203.  "With a total attendance of 201,740, it's the first time we've passed 200,000," noted Wilson.


The Portland Pickles drew 50,514 fans, an average of 1,684 per game, to lead the league.  The Pickles average attendance increased 8% over 2016 and ranked #18 in the Summer Collegiate Top 100 Per Game Average Attendance, published by Ballpark Business.

In the 2016 season , the Chico Heat lead the Great West League in both total attendance and average game attendance. The Heat also set the GWL single game attendance record with 4,415 people on the 4th of July. Nationally, in their inaugural season Chico ranked 15th in total attendance and 21st in the country for average attendance.

In 2017, due to the hottest summer in decades, Chico attendance faltered a bit. “We had twice as many triple digit temperatures at game time than we had all of last season which resulted in large numbers of people choosing to stay inside” said Heat GM Hunter Hampton. Despite the extreme temperatures of 2017, the Chico Heat finished second in the GWL attendance derby, setting a new league record for single game attendance of 4,473, averaging 1,337 per game and ranking #38 in the Top 100 ranking

ABOUT THE GREAT WEST LEAGUE: The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, providing a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers, while providing affordable family entertainment and enriching the quality of life in its member communities.