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!”
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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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Chico Heat To Host the All-Star Game

Get your All-Star tickets now by calling 725-5444 or visit to buy tickets online.

The GWL All-Stars will be looking to leave their mark on the league’s mid-summer classic, showcasing their pro-prospect skills at Nettleton Stadium on the campus of California State University, Chico on Monday, July 24, beginning at 7:05 pm. The official pre-game ceremony will begin at 6:40pm with the introduction of this year’s All-Stars followed by the National Anthem. The Home Run Durby will begin at 5:15pm. Gates will open at 3:30pm for fans to watch batting practice, if they wish.   [...]

Last year, the All-Star Game was played in Medford, OR where the league’s best players were taken from each team and divided into North vs South rosters. This year, the All-Star game will offer fans a bit of a twist as the 2017 Chico Heat will face the best players from each of the five other teams in what the league has coined a “Chico Heat vs. the league” match-up.

“We wanted to give our fans in Chico an opportunity to see their home team take on the most talented players in the league and quite frankly some of the best baseball prospects in the country” said Heat GM Hunter Hampton.

The GWL World team will be compromised of twenty-three (23) players –nominated by the league managers; twelve of these players will be players identified by the Major League Scouting Bureau as “top prospects.” The roster for league team will be named Tuesday July 19th. Chico will have its entire roster available to play and will be coached by skipper Fred Ludwig. Last season, Ludwig was named 2016 GWL Coach of the Year and won the GWL Inaugural Season Championship with the Heat.

In the days leading up to the All-Star game, parents and fans will have the opportunity to bid on one of two Batboy/Batgirl spots: one for the Chico Heat and one for the World team. Proceeds from this bid process will go entirely to the Boys and Girls Club of North Valley. Stay tuned to for bidding details.

Chico Heat season ticket holders and twelve (12) game mini-plans will have their All-Star Game tickets included and individual tickets will go on sale May 15, 2017. For more ticket information call the Chico Heat office at 530-725-5444.

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.



Hunter Hampton, Chico Heat GM

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