The Board of Directors of the Maryland Soccer Foundation has announced that Matt Libber has been selected as its next executive director. Libber will join the Foundation — which owns and operates the Germantown-based Maryland SoccerPlex, Discovery Sports Center and SAM Soccer — on January 2, 2019. He will take the place of current Executive Director Trish Heffelfinger, who will retire at the end of December.
“Matt brings a passion for sports as well as the demonstrated financial and marketing skills demanded by a rapidly transforming soccer market,” commented Brent Hanson, Chairman of the MSF Board of Directors. “Our national search evaluated a number of qualified candidates and we are thrilled to have someone in place who can hit the ground running. Matt has successfully promoted sports events across the country and will provide the entrepreneurial spark needed to take the Foundation to the next level.”
Libber joins MSF following an 18-year tenure at Mt. Airy-based Elite Tournaments where he served as Vice President of Business Operations, overseeing more than 60 events in 16 states. During his leadership, Elite Tournaments grew from a single sport management entity to a multi-sport management company.
Elite Tournaments has been among the fastest-growing event management companies in North American soccer and has been seen by insiders as a competitor to the SoccerPlex. Both organizations hold similar events that appeal to a similar youth soccer demographic. Elite Tournaments was founded by Matt Libber’s brother Mike Libber, who remains with Elite Tournaments as president.
Upon his selection, Libber recognized the Maryland SoccerPlex as a local asset with a remarkable national reputation and added, “This is an exciting opportunity to continue the rich legacy paved by the outgoing executive director while taking on the challenge to reach new levels of growth and excellence in the future. I look forward to leading the Maryland Soccer Foundation and continuing the effort to make the Maryland SoccerPlex the best sports complex in the country.”
Libber replaces outgoing executive director, Trish Heffelfinger, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Hanson commended the work of the founding executive director, “Trish has built an incredible legacy for the soccer community and for Montgomery County. We are grateful for her 20 years of dedicated service.”
Founded in 1999 through a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, the Maryland Soccer Foundation, has established the largest recreational facility in the Greater Washington D.C. region. The Maryland SoccerPlex is an award winning 24-field soccer complex that annually welcomes more than 650,000 visitors and contributes $23 million in economic benefit to the local economy through multiple premier youth soccer tournaments and as host to the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.
The Discovery Sports Center, a 64,000-square foot indoor multi-sport facility, offers basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, lacrosse and community events. SAM Soccer, the SoccerPlex in-house youth soccer club, has over 6,000 participants annually.
Photo by Germantown Pulse. Matt Libber photo courtesy Maryland SoccerPlex.