Joliet Generals



Front Office

Edit photoSam Oppenheim - Director of Communications / Play-By-Play Broadcaster

Sam is excited to join the Generals team as a broadcasting and media relations intern for summer 2018. A resident of Lisle, Illinois, he is a proud Naperville North High School alum and a current Syracuse University student.

Sam decided to attend Syracuse University for the Fall of 2017. He is now studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism in the Newhouse School of Public Communications. Sam is currently working for Syracuse University through ACC Network Extra. He works as an associate producer for live telecasts of Syracuse D1 sporting events. Also, Sam writes stories on Syracuse football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse for the NPR-affiliate in Syracuse, WAER. His voice can also be heard on Syracuse men's hockey broadcasts as a commentator.

In his time at Naperville North, he did play-by-play for football and basketball games for all four years. During his senior year, Sam was the sports editor of the school newspaper. Also, he worked for Comcast SportsNet Chicago (CSN Chicago) for multiple IHSA football games as a red hat.

Sam is excited to provide play-by-play commentary for the Generals this season, as well as assist in other media roles.



Don Popravak - General Manager Don Popravak

A 28-year resident of the Village of Flossmoor, Don was born in Chicago on July 17, 1959. He was raised on the city’s industrial Southeast side less than 3 miles from Downtown Whiting in a working class family where he learned the values of hard work and commitment to the community. His grandfather worked for U.S. Steel for 45 years, and his father was a Chicago police officer for 23 years while his mother was involved with their grade school parent organization.

In the fall of 1977, Don enrolled at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. While at DePauw, he majored in Communications. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981, thus becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. Don’s work ethic was evident in these years, as he worked hard to help finance his college education by holding down two jobs on campus during all four years at DePauw. Don also participated in all aspects of campus life while at the university: he was a member of the baseball and football teams for four years and won varsity letters in both sports three times. After his graduation from DePauw University, Don began a 30-year career in advertising sales and marketing.

Intertwined with Don’s business career is his passion for volunteering. In addition to working with and mentoring youth since 1977, he has spent many hours serving his alma mater and other worthwhile organizations.