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Maryland SoccerPlex Names New Executive Director

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.