– Executive Director
Don Staley is quickly expanding sports tourism for the City of Foley in his current role as Executive Director of Sports. He is responsible for the marketing and oversight of the planned multi-use Foley Sports Tourism Complex. The complex will create the ability for the City of Foley to host large indoor and outdoor sporting events for youth, adults, and seniors.
Staley’s experience is evidenced throughout his successful career. Beginning at Radford University he served as both the Men’s & Women’s Head Soccer Coach. From 1994 to 2007, Staley served as Women’s Head Soccer Coach for the University of Alabama. During his 23 year coaching career, Staley became the 5th coach in NCAA soccer history to reach the 300-win mark. As head coach, he also garnered four Coach of the Year awards in two different leagues, was selected as SEC Coach of the Year twice, and served on the Birmingham Olympic Soccer Committee.
In 2005, Staley was instrumental in helping bring the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship playoffs to Orange Beach, where it continues today. Most recently Staley was recognized by the Alabama House of Representatives for his outstanding record of public service in the sports and tourism industry.
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. As a result, the City of Tuscaloosa moved to expand into a stronger sports tourism program. In 2009 the city tasked Staley with merging their Foundation into the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission.
Staley’s dedicated efforts to the sports tourism industry were most recently 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.
Since being hired by the City of Foley in 2014, Staley has played an instrumental role in securing over 60 sporting events, with many more to be announced in the future. The culmination of these efforts will pave the way for thousands of future sports enthusiasts to experience Foley, Alabama.
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– Executive Assistant
Angela Johnston is is no stranger to the Foley Sports Tourism Complex. After spending a year as the Event Operations Manager she moved into the Executive Assistant role. Angela came to the city after spending 20 years in the insurance industry, which honed her eye for detail and her knack for organization. Before making it a full-time job, she volunteered to execute events for the City, the South Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce and numerous other charitable boards throughout the region.
In addition to her professional and charitable experience, Angela brings her experience as a mom to the table. Raising three children while working full-time jobs has taught her a thing or two about scheduling and juggling multiple projects. Angie says her proudest moments are when she’s being a mom to Trevor, Tessa and Dereck.
Whether coaching or cheering from the sidelines, sports has always been a huge part of Angela’s life. Her family is involved in school and city league football, soccer, cross country, track, cheerleading, baseball, and dance. Combining her experience, knowledge, and passion, Angela has been able to help numerous visitors discover their top game at #PlayFoley.
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– Marketing & Communications Manager
Stephanie Godlewski is excited to be working at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex where she has the opportunity to use a diverse set of skills.
After graduating Drew University with a degree in English, the NCAA foil fencer moved to Guam to work as a journalist in print, television, radio and digital. In 2010, she returned to the U.S. mainland to attend the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) where she earned her M.B.A. with a concentration in strategy.
Since earning her U.A. post-graduate degree, Stephanie has worked in minor league baseball around the world including as marketing and communications coordinator for the 2013 Asia Series Champion Canberra Cavalry. Most recently, Stephanie moved from Reno, Nevada where she worked in graphic design and video production for the Reno Aces (AAA Affiliate Arizona Diamondbacks) and Reno 1868 FC (USL Affiliate San Jose Earthquakes).
With FSTC Stephanie is leveraging all of her experience to create marketing campaigns that allow her to connect with all of the organization’s stakeholders and create lasting relationships in her new home.
In her spare time, Stephanie is cheering for the Tide or the Philadelphia Flyers. She enjoys yoga, pilates, knitting, sewing and generally driving her husband, dog, and cat crazy.
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– Grounds Crew
Rhett Brown brings a wealth of turfgrass management experience to Foley Sports Tourism Complex that spans almost 20 years. Growing up in Tuscaloosa, he began his career working at various golf courses picking up skills left and right, including construction of new courses and installation of irrigation systems.
To further his knowledge, he proceeded to acquire a BS from Auburn University in Turfgrass Management from the College of Agriculture. After graduation, he worked as a golf course superintendent and landscape manager in Baldwin County before coming to FSTC.
Over the years, Rhett has managed various herbicide and fertilizer applications, integrated pest management, irrigation operations and repair, and construction equipment operations and maintenance. Currently, Rhett and the staff work to maintain the quality and conditions of 16
Currently, Rhett and the staff work to maintain the quality and conditions of 16 regulation fields and surrounding complex area to be in tiptop shape for the multiple sporting events and its visitors that arrive at FSTC.
Rhett lives in Foley with his wife Mary Kate and daughter Maitlyn, including another little girl on the way. He enjoys spending his free time fishing inshore and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, plus visiting the islands of Perdido Pass.
– Grounds Crew
Elijah Smith was Foley born and knows the area well. After graduating from Robertsdale High School, Elijah took a position with Foley Sports Tourism Complex. He’s flourished with us and is heavily relied upon during events, which, along with lining fields, is his favorite part of his job. He is always willing to jump in and help wherever needed to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Elijah always has a set of headphones on, making quick work while listening to tunes he may attempt to learn to play later in his spare time. A skilled guitarist and pianist, he plays occasionally at local restaurants. When he’s not at work, Elijah is riding around on his bike or has his nose stuck in a book. Favorite authors include Stephen King, James Patterson, and Bram Stoker.
Dr. Todd Edmiston
– Director of Medicine
Dr. Edmiston, a sports medicine specialist, completed his undergraduate degree at Washington State University. Prior to medical school, he served eight years as a corpsman in the U. S. Coast Guard and he received a master’s degree studying genetics from the University of South Alabama. He completed his medical degree and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Edmiston received advanced fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Joint Reconstruction at the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic of Alabama, P.C. in Birmingham.
Dr. Edmiston is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His practice focuses on minimally invasive surgery for shoulder repair and reconstruction and also surgery of the hip and knee.
Dr. Edmiston is actively involved in local and national leadership and service. He is a physician advisor to Community Health Systems hospital group in Nashville, Tennessee. Locally, he is Chief of Staff of South Baldwin Regional Medical Center and Medical Director of the Marshall Steele Orthopaedic Service Line. He is also Medical Director for the City of Foley and their sports programs.
Dr. Edmiston serves as a deacon in his church and is active in ministry. He is married with four sons, and his family enjoys all types of sports and outdoor activities. He is also a longtime supporter of the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama.
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