Mike Feder, the Tucson Sugar Skulls’ executive director since the formation of the franchise last year, is stepping down from his position to focus on his family and the sports ventures he founded prior to joining the organization.

Feder, 67, has spent nearly 40 years in executive positions with a number of sports franchises, including 15 years as the general manager of Tucson’s Triple-A baseball teams, other indoor football teams, and as executive director of the local Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

He co-founded and operates the annual Mexican Baseball Fiesta played each fall in several Arizona cities, including Tucson, and with journalist and radio personality Steve Rivera owns and operates the Lute Olson Fantasy Basketball Camp which takes place each August.

“I want to thank Kevin and Cathy Guy for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization,” Feder said. “I’m glad I had a chance to play a role in the inaugural season. It’s just time for me to slow down a little and get ready to be a grandpa for the first time, help organize the Lute Olson Fantasy Basketball Camp, and continue being the president of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta for the ninth year.

“I know this franchise has a great future. I plan on being one of the biggest Sugar Skulls fans in Tucson.”

Feder was announced as the Sugar Skulls’ first executive director when the formation of the team was announced last August. He leaves the position on June 30.

“We genuinely appreciate Mike’s commitment to helping the Sugar Skulls get off the ground and set the stage for future success,” said Sugar Skulls Owner Cathy Guy. “It was important for us to establish ourselves as Tucson’s team with management firmly rooted in the community. Mike’s knowledge of Tucson and the business community helped us have a successful season from a business standpoint. We wish him all the best as he leaves our organization.

“Our goals remain the same which are to run a successful franchise from a competitive and business perspective, and to be an integral part of the community. We had an exciting and successful first season and we expect to continue that into our second year.”