Rick Schantz – Rick@fctucson.com
Responsibilities: Chief Financial Officer, Operations Manager, Facilities Manager, MLS Preseason coordinator.
Profile: With partners, Schantz owns and operates FC Tucson. Mr. Schantz had been at the helm of the Men’s team since it’s inception in 2010 until 2016. He has an overall record of 72-42-22 (.529 winning percentage) This overall record includes 26 matches against MLS opposition. Against all opposition excluding MLS, Schantz has built an impressive 71-22-17 (.645) record and 3 consecutive PDL Division Championships, as well as, 3 Western Conference Finals appearances.
Through the past 6 years Coach Schantz has developed some key relationships with MLS personnel. It was his relationship with other players and coaches that landed the first MLS soccer exhibition matches in Tucson in 2011. His ability to relate with all levels of MLS personnel has helped build the MLS preseason to what it is today. Schantz is often the first phone call MLS teams place when considering preseason and exhibition opportunities. When FC Tucson Events needs player appearances, coaching clinics, team events, or other promotional opportunities to be filled, Schantz often makes contact and is able to fulfill such demands. Without fail, Coach Schantz has met the scheduling needs of all MLS and other professional teams during their preseason visits to Tucson. Each team that comes to Tucson has specific needs and timelines. Matching them with other teams to create a free flowing schedule that not only benefits the teams, but also benefits FC Tucson’s sales and marketing strategies has become crucial to the event.
Coach Schantz has also worked locally in youth soccer for 20 years. He has coached several teams at all ages throughout the Tucson soccer community. He founded Calcio FC while completing the construction and maintaining the clubs private field. Later, Coach Schantz organized a group of coaches to found the Gunners Competitive Program at Fort Lowell Soccer Club. This new program took FLSC from 300 members to an impressive 900+. Schantz now coaches locally at CDO Soccer Club, while also serving on the Board of Directors.
Coach Schantz had an extensive playing background that stems from his youth days in Tucson. While playing in high school for Salpointe Catholic High, he was named the 1992 Player of the Year. That year, Coach Schantz was also selected for the United States U-17 National Team Pool. His oath the the 1996 Olympics was cut short with injury. However, Schantz did sign and play at the prestigious University of Portland, under the renowned coach, Clive Charles. During his time at Portland, coach Schantz was influence by his mentor Clive Charles to begin a coaching career. It was then he found his passion for working in the sport he loves and never looked back.
Jon Pearlman – Jonathan@fctucson.com
Responsibilities: General Manager, Director of Marketing and Advertising, Media Relations Manager, Youth Academy Director, Game Day Entertainment Coordinator, Concessions Manager. Pearlman identifies, recruits and registers players for the FC Tucson men’s squad. Pearlman also manages internal and external media activities. Pearlman plans and executes game day entertainment and concessions. Finally, Pearlman plans and executes the FC Tucson Youth Academy.
Profile: With partners, Pearlman owns and operates FC Tucson. Pearlman’s FC Tucson PDL teams have a 44-13-15 record with 3 Regular season division titles, 1 regular season Western Conference Championship, 2 Conference Final appearances and 4 U.S. Open Cup qualifications including 1 trip to the 3rd round. Since 2010 FC Tucson has an overall record of 72-42-22 (.529 winning percentage) This overall record includes 26 matches against MLS opposition. Against all opposition excluding MLS, FC Tucson has built an impressive 71-22-17 (.645) record.
Pearlman’s FC Tucson teams in just 5 seasons have produced nearly 30 foreign and domestic professional players including 4 active MLS players. He has excellent working relationships with numerous MLS and USL front office staff.
Pearlman has strong ties to the Tucson community with family residing here for over 50 years. He received a BA in political science from Union College in NY, where he played intercollegiate soccer and captained the Dutchmen in 2010. Pearlman received his secondary teaching certification from the University of Arizona in 2000. Pearlman has worked for the last 12 years at Tanque Verde Soccer Club which has over 1200 competitive and recreational players throught Tucson, serving now as the Executive Director. Pearlman serves as a staff coach for the Arizona Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. Finally Pearlman has been working for the last 6 years as a scout for U.S. Soccer for all men’s youth national teams from U-14 through U-20.
Greg Foster – Greg@fctucson.com
Responsibilities: Business Development, General Counsel and Government and Community Relations. Foster is generally responsible for sponsorship and ticket sales revenue streams. Foster also handles FC Tucson legal matters. Foster manages FC Tucson’s relationships with important community partners and Major League Soccer.
Profile: With partners, Foster founded, owns and operates FC Tucson. Foster spearheaded FC Tucson’s efforts to collaborate with Pima County in the development of world class soccer infrastructure in southern Arizona. To date, Pima County has built a soccer specific stadium and eight field training center at Kino Sports Complex. Additionally, Foster designed and negotiated a multi-year Pima County and Visit Tucson sponsorship of Major League Soccer preseason in Tucson.Foster has also created partnerships between FC Tucson and many of Tucson’s leading private companies and non-profit organizations. These partnerships have been beneficial to growth of youth, amateur and professional soccer in southern Arizona.
Before founding FC Tucson, Foster was a shareholder in Karp & Weiss, an AV rated law firm in Tucson. Foster practiced in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and criminal defense. Foster is a member of the Arizona and California State Bars.Foster has long standing ties to the Tucson community. A graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School and the University of Arizona, Foster was educated, developed his career and raised a family in Tucson. Throughout his thirty six years in southern Arizona, Foster has been deeply connected to the Tucson soccer community. He helped found Salpointe’s outstanding soccer program, as a freshman, in 1981. He developed and managed youth soccer programming at two local soccer clubs and served on the Board of Fort Lowell Soccer Club. Since his early teens, Foster has sought pathways to the beneficial growth of the game in Tucson.
Marco Costa – Marco@fctucson.com
Responsibilities: Business Development, Corporate Partnership and Partnership Relations. Costa generates new partner relationships and manages current partner relationships with public, private and non-profit entities affiliated with FC Tucson.
Profile: Costa joined FC Tucson in 2014 and immediately began developing, implementing and executing strategic marketing plans to attract new partners and maintain existing relationships. Costa’s efforts include design and activation of partnerships. Costa supervises FC Tucson staff in order to assure partner satisfaction.
Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Costa lives and breathes soccer. He played semi-professional soccer in Italy and has been an avid follower of the game from a very young age. Costa became an attorney in Italy and moved to Tucson in 2009 where he graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and became a member of Arizona State Bar.
Being knowledgeable about the European soccer environment, Costa brings unique understanding and experience to the Tucson soccer community.
Charles “Casey” Beane – Casey@fctucson.com
Responsibilities: Box Office Manager, Ticket Operations Manager, Ticket Sales Manager, and Head Account Executive.
Casey joined the FC Tucson team in November 2015 as an intern and was quickly promoted to his current position based on his sales background, creative mindset, and innovative thinking, Casey developed the current gameday ticketing procedure for FC Tucson that saw a major decrease in ticketing lines compared to previous seasons.
Casey is also responsible for maintaining the online ticketing system, contacting fans about ticket deals and promotions, designing and printing tickets for the season and maintaining attendance counts and sales reports.
As of October 2016 Casey was in his final semester at the University of Arizona, where he was pursuing a Bachelors in Business Management and a Certificate in Sports Management. Before joining FC Tucson, Casey was a sales associate at AFNI and a Department Manager at Home Depot.
Casey dropped out of high school in 2004 and started working full time. In 2007 he was diagnosed with cancer and after recovering from two surgeries decided to start doing more with his life. After leaving Home Depot in 2010 Casey obtained his GED and started school at Pima Community College. He attended school full time while working full time as well to support his family. Casey hopes his hard work will pay off with him becoming part of a professional sports team’s front office.
Chioma Atanmo – Chioma@fctucson.com
Responsibilities: Director of Operations, Nutritionist, and Fitness Coach. Chioma is the point of contact for game day operations, she provides nutrition consultations for the players and staff and also plays a role in the overall fitness of the players. She also manages interns in game operations and is in charge of recruiting interns for MLS preseason and FC Tucson’s regular season.
Profile: Chioma joined FC Tucson in 2012, and has played a very active role in operations and player development. Chioma, is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science and is currently in the process of pursuing a master’s program in Nutrition and Public Health. Chioma has strong ties with the Arizona community, always striving to learn and staying engaged in the scientific process collaborating with University professors conducting research in athletic performance and sports nutrition fields. She is a member of the Collegiate Professional Sports Dieticians Association (CPSDA), and of Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN). Chioma’s work in the community is exceptional. She collaborates with local sports teams and community organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, KIND Healthy Snacks, The University of Arizona, Produce Without Waste, the Tucson Concussion Center, and her local church as an ambassador for promoting health and preventing disease in vulnerable populations.
Vetle Bergmann | Vetle@fctucson.com
Responsibilities: Team Administrator. Bergmann’s main responsibilities focus on player communication, player registration, itinerary and travel management, coordinating home and away game logistics with other teams, and overseeing player housing and well-being. Bergmann also assists with the FC Tucson Youth Academy and Game Day Operations.
Profile: Since joining the FC Tucson staff in 2014, Bergmann has progressed through the company ranks, working with various departments. Initially starting as an operations intern, he quickly found himself fulfilling the role of FC Tucson’s Equipment Manager before later being repositioned as the FC Tucson Team Administrator.
Bergmann has been part of 3 PDL seasons and 2 Major League Soccer preseasons for FC Tucson.
Since 2011, Bergmann has also a licensed soccer referee in the state of Arizona.
Bergmann has been part of the Tucson community after moving from Kongsberg, Norway in 2007. Since, Bergmann has worked his way through Tucson’s education system, graduating from Catalina Foothills High School in 2014 and currently studies Information Sciences, Business Administration, and Spanish as an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. He has also been involved with Tucson’s soccer community as a youth player for Fort Lowell Soccer Club from 2007 to 2013.