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McDonnell named Coast Coliseum Exec. Director

Matt McDonnell has served as the Coast Coliseum's Assistant Executive Director since 1986. He takes over as Executive Director July 1, 2015. (Photo source: MS Coast Coliseum Commission) Matt McDonnell has served as the Coast Coliseum's Assistant Executive Director since 1986. He takes over as Executive Director July 1, 2015. (Photo source: MS Coast Coliseum Commission)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

After looking at candidates from across the country, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission decided on a familiar face to serve as their next executive director. Matt McDonnell will officially assume the position on July 1. He's served as the facility's Assistant Executive Director since 1986.

"We are confident that we hired the right person with more than 29 years of service with the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center and more than 34 years of experience in the entertainment and venue management arena," said Mitch Salloum, Coliseum Commission President. "His extensive knowledge of the market along with his years of service with the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center will help the facility continue its mission of providing world-class entertainment and meeting space for the Gulf Coast region."

McDonnell will become the third person to hold this job. He's replacing Bill Holmes, who is retiring after 38 years of service.

"I appreciate the faith and confidence shown to me by one of the best commissions on the Coast. I look forward to bringing new ideas and enthusiasm to the staff, and working with our tourism partners so that we can bring in more conventions, events, and attractions in an effort to make South Mississippi a premier destination," said McDonnell.

McDonnell also serves as an alderman for the City of Ocean Springs, a position he has held since 1993.

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