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Bettencourt Named Ripp City Baseball GM

Former N.H. House majority leader from Salem will work for Haverhill baseball and softball academy.

Former N.H. House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) has a new job with a Massachusetts-based baseball and softball academy.

Ripp City Sports at DB's Instructional Baseball and Softball Academy in Haverhill announced Friday Bettencourt had been hired as General Manager and Director of Public Affairs.

Bettencourt will assist Ripp City owner Rob Aziz "in developing and implementing a high-level business strategy, making major organizational decisions, and managing the overall operations of the organization. He will also lead all public relations and communications activities," according to a statement on the academy's website.

Aziz lauded Bettencourt's "baseball and softball knowledge and leadership skills, as well as his knowledge of what it takes to run a successful small business will be a tremendous asset and will be invaluable to our plans to expand operations into southern New Hampshire."

In the statement, Bettencourt said, "for several years I’ve been talking about the importance of small business and I look forward to digging into the trenches and helping Ripp City expand and showcase its first class instruction. More importantly, I look forward to providing a positive and constructive atmosphere for young players to grow both on and off the field.”

Bettencourt issued his immediate resignation from the House on May 27. He originally announced his intent to resign effective June 6 to focus on his job as executive director of the New Hampshire Legal Rights Foundation and his family.

 to the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Giuda said Bettencourt claimed he'd spent a semester interning at Giuda's law office, which Giuda said wasn't true. Bettencourt admitted "misrepresenting" his reports and apologized for his actions.

NHLRF later announced Bettencourt would not be joining their organization as executive director.

According to Ripp City, Bettencourt will bring his experience as a coach and player to their organization. He attended the University of Massachusetts on a baseball scholarship and later transferred to UNH, where he was captain of their club baseball team. He was later an assistant coach at UNH.

Bettencourt was head coach of the Rockingham County Red Storm and later the Rockingham County Firebirds, "an organization comprised exclusively of collegiate and former professional players" from 2004-2006 and again in 2008. In four seasons, he compiled at 60-32 record, according to Ripp City.

He later coached the Salem High School freshman baseball team in 2009, compiling a 17-3 record. He was also their assistant varsity coach in 2008 and 2009.

Only in Salem September 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I wondering if he will be in charge of keeping the team statistics, I heard he is good at padding them.
Rusty September 23, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Only in Salem... Move on... leave the kid alone. I wish him encouragement and good luck.No one wants their entire life defined by one personal failing.
Rusty September 23, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Once again..move on. Who cares if his wife wrote the release or not? When DJ was majority leader he was fair game. He is a private citizen now...leave him alone and let him make a living.
Paul Harper September 23, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I’m not surprised that Riley Reid doesn't want to see Mr. Bettencourt on the ballot again. He must know that Bettencourt would win. Mistakes aside, he was a damn good legislator. Many of us haven't forgotten the larger picture.
Jeff Hatch September 23, 2012 at 02:45 AM
DJ, I wish you the best of luck and I offer you my assistance if it's ever needed.
Jake O'Donnell September 23, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Please do not make personal attacks on family members in comments on Patch. I've turned on moderation for comments here.
Riley Reid September 23, 2012 at 06:12 AM
No, many of us have not forgotten the larger picture which is why I posted, but obviously it was removed. My opinion is DJ was not a good legislator and had too much to say about things that he really didn't need to comment on.
Jane Lang September 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Congratulations DJ on finding a job...Yes the economy is getting better and more jobs are becoming available thanks to our current leader President Obama and hope we continue to more forward. Soon you will be a family man and wish you and your wife all the best... Great seeing you at the polls.
Riley Reid September 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Rusty, my comment was more aimed at how some people "self promote" themselves.
Jeff Hatch September 23, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Jane, the economy is getting better? Surely you really don't believe that? I travel all around the country for my job and I see the whole picture, I read the local papers, I take a look at the help wanted ads. I notice the number of home foreclosures listed. I pay almost 4.00 a gal for gas all over the country. The economy might be getting better within your circle but for the rest of the country it's not. Furthermore considering DJ's past and knowledge of baseball & Softball (along with his dad's) I'd bet money this is something that he created over something that he received.
Paul Harper September 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
"Self promotion?" Have you been living under a rock this year. That's what politics is about.
Paul Harper September 23, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I've known the Bettencourts for many years and you have to take the good with the bad. They are brilliant leaders and tacticians in both sports and politics but their rather direct style does occasionally rub people the wrong way. On the whole the good outweighs any negatives. I hope DJ runs again. Some people just like to hate others because they are successful. Remember Jeff, Jane comes from the "you didn't build that" philosophy.
Rusty September 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
No one can question Bettencourt's effectiveness. He sponsored and got more legislation passed than any of the other Representatives from this area. You may not like his style but he was one of the best legislators this town has had in a long time. I am a results person and DJ got results. Paul, I like DJ's direct style as well. As far as his running again, I sure hope so. Some people think his political career is over. I doubt that, people and politics have short memories. I remember a guy, I think he was a Democrat, his name was Ted Kennedy. He had a horrible car accident on the Cape and the woman in his car drown. He ran like a coward all the way home. His career wasn't destroyed, as a matter of fact when he died people on the parade route sobbed because they were going to miss all of his good deeds! DJ will be back and he will be a better person because of his troubles.
Tammy September 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Jeff-The economy is getting better. I am sure it is slower in some places but overall it is improving. Maybe it is your dark glasses that make everything look so gloomy? ;)
Jeff Hatch September 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I got to agree with you Rust and I hope we haven't heard the last of DJ. The soon he returns the better off NH will be
Jeff Hatch September 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Yes she is but I have a lot of respect for her because she not only believes what she says. She's also willing to denfend her beliefs.
Margaret Cameron September 24, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Good for Bettencourt. The intimate executive experience will serve him well and he will find the private sector an interesting challenge. He’ll certainly make more money in the private sector. Give the devil his due; D.J. was very successful in implementing his agenda in Concord and he actually followed through on cutting spending. Time will tell on whether he was right or wrong. My recollection is DJ is still young; I’m going to wait to see how he comes out of this before making up my mind on future support in the voting booth.
Margaret Cameron September 24, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I understand politics is a cesspool and politicians have to expect to get hit with the spew but you have to wonder when people make comments like this how they have managed to live perfect lives and have never done anything they would rather not have people know. Makes you wonder. As the Good Book says, “let he who is without sin…”
Don Duston September 24, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Gee I wonder how DJ got this job? Must have been a nation-wide search.
Rusty September 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
He got the job the same way that a lot of people do-- you ask friends and family if they know anyone who's hiring.... Besides why should you even care how he got the job? All you ever do is to try to cast Bettencourt in a bad light... Give it up..
Don Duston September 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Bettencourt is immature, always has been. He'd still be in the legislature if he could have convinced people to keep lying for him. This kid does NOT deserve to be awarded a law degree, take the bar exam or hold public office again until he can demonstrate that he has matured.

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