Join us at our May meeting to hear from Don Staley, president and CEO of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. Staley will be presenting “Sports and Tourism: What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
About Don Staley, according to Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports:
“Don Staley was named President & CEO of the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission June 23, 2017, by a unanimous board vote. Staley, who left Tuscaloosa in 2014 to take on a similar position in Foley, Alabama returns to the city where he built his career.
Before starting UA’s soccer program in 1994 as the first coach, Staley was the head men’s and women’s coach at Radford University in Virginia. As a coach, Staley in 2004 became the fifth coach in NCAA soccer history to reach the 300-win mark. His overall career record of 324-257-38 spans 23 years. As a head coach at the Division 1 collegiate level, Staley garnered four Coach of the Year awards in two different leagues.
Don’s experience encompasses far more than just coaching. He served on the 1996 Birmingham Olympic Committee and has a wide range of experience supervising athletics events and championships, including the SEC and the NCAA, acting as overseer of budgets, facilities, and personnel administration.
Not only did Staley have success leading soccer teams, his professional record has been just as stellar. Staley played a significant role in the 2007 formation of the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation and as well as luring the prestigious Super Six High School Football Championships to Bryant Denny Stadium in 2009.
Staley’s dedicated efforts to the sports tourism industry were recognized in April 2015 by the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) during their annual symposium, where he was named Sports Tourism Executive of the Year.”