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.
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.