Midwest Director of Events

Midwest Director of Events

Job Description:

The Midwest Region Director of Events will plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee the Midwest Tournament Series of the Kings Hammer Events Division. The Midwest Region Director of Events will work with the Midwest Executive Director and VP of Events to ensure development and implementation of efficient operations and effective systems/processes to meet current and future needs of the Kings Hamer Events division.

  • Directly manage the Midwest Tournament Series in coordination with VP of Events and Midwest Executive Director.
  • Develop and Manage relationships with local, regional, and national clubs to attract to our Midwest Events.
  • Develop and Manage relationships with local Convention and Visitors Bureau in event markets.
  • Develop and Manage relationships with local facilities and Parks and Rec in event markets.
  • Develop and Manage Tournament staff in event markets.
  • Recruit, interview, hire, and train tournament staff in event markets.
  • As Midwest events grow, recruit, interview, hire, and train additional tournament staff to report directly to Midwest Region Director of Events when applicable.
  • Oversee and manage the daily workflow of Midwest events along with event staff.
Event Operations Responsibilities:
  • Establish, implement, and communicate the strategic direction of the Midwest event operations.
  • Collaborate with VP of Events and Midwest Executive Director to develop and meet organizations goals while supplying expertise and guidance on Midwest event expansion projects and processes.
  • Collaborate with VP of Events and Midwest Executive Director to identify new growth opportunities and event markets for expansion.
  • Collaborate with VP of Events and Midwest Executive Director to build relationships with local CVB’s and facilities in event markets.
  • Collaborate with VP of Events and Midwest Executive Director to build relationships with local, regional, and national clubs in event markets to participate in Midwest Event Series.
  • Work directly with VP of Events and Midwest Executive Director to establish cost effective measures for all event needs.
  • Ensures that Midwest event project plans such as those for staffing, development, education, organization, and facilities are in line with the organizations business plan and vision.
  • Establishes, communicates, and implements event-related policies, practices, and standards, to ensure effective and consistent support and execution.
  • Work with event staff to process tournament permission to host applications with governing bodies.
  • Work with staff to Set-up tournaments within GotSport, or other application software.
  • Develop tournament schedules to account for team requirements, referee availability, field availability and coaching conflicts. May be specific to certain events.
  • Manage all event staff, referee assignor, and medical staff.
  • Serve as the main On-site tournament director for specific events.
  • Communicate scheduling with referee assignor for field loading and scheduling.
  • In collaboration with the VP of Events and Merchandise Director, plan for merchandise strategy for Midwest events.
  • Represents Kings Hammer at the national level through conventions, meetings, and other engagement opportunities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Assist to update contacts database for teams, coaches, and administrators.
  • Assist in Recruiting teams and clubs to attend tournaments.
  • Communicate with team and club Directors to retain and add new teams into our events each year.
  • Attend tournaments, trade shows, and other events to interact with team/club officials.
  • Assist Regional Executive Director and VP of Operations to develop leads for new business in your area.
  • Assist in the recruitment of college coaches to attend showcase events.
Additional Responsibilities: 
  • Pre event set up
  • Post event unload and inventory
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Extensive knowledge about youth soccer community in the United States.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills.
  • Effective organizational skills for managing multiple tasks and staff.
  • Background in Event Management is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline is preferred but not required.
Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Job Qualifications:
    • Passion for marketing and event management
    • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Sport Management or Event Management
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Constant Contact
    • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
    • Willingness and ability to manage event staff
    • Strong communication and organization skills to be able to manage numerous projects at once
    • Willingness to ask questions, give their input, accept advice and take direction
    • Creative problem solving
    • Excellent verbal and written skills
    • Confidence in presenting plans and projections to senior management / ownership
    • Ability to build strong relationships with outside partners
    • Proven job reliability, diligence, dedication and attention to detail
    • Ability to work weekends
    • Ability to travel
    • Ability to lift heavy boxes and equipment
    • Must have a clean driving record
To Apply:

Apply online, then email a cover letter and a resume along with three professional references to

Start Date:
September 2023
Deadline for application:
August 18th, 2023
Salary & Benefits:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • 401K

Tryout FAQ’s

How do I register for tryouts?
ALL soccer-athletes MUST COMPLETE the tryout registration online before participating in the tryout process. Click here to register now!

*Please make sure that you register online at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that the soccer athlete is in the system and we have your information to notify you after the tryout process.  There is a Registration Steps document on the Tryouts page that will walk you through the process. Each soccer athlete should attend both tryout days if possible. If you are unable to attend both days please reach out to the Program Director listed below.

Birth Years for the 2022/2023 Season
For the 2022/2023 season, Kings Hammer will follow U.S Youth Soccer’s guidelines and will organize its teams by birth year:

*Interested players must register to try out for their birth year.

Can my child play up an age group?
Any player playing up will be at the discretion of their respective director. All players need to register and attend the tryout for their correct age group.

What should I wear/bring to tryouts?
Please come prepared with a fully inflated soccer ball, proper footwear, shin guards, and water. Each prospective soccer-athlete will receive one free Kings Hammer Soccer Club tryout t-shirt with a tryout identification number on the back of the t-shirt.  Each prospective player will be identified by the identification number throughout the process and MUST wear this t-shirt at each tryout session for the 2022/2023 soccer year.

We will not be able to attend tryouts or are new to the area and missed tryouts. Is there a process in place to allow for an alternate tryout?
Yes! If you are not able to attend tryouts or missed the tryout dates, please register and then contact the Director for the Program/Age Group you wish to tryout for so that arrangements can be made. We also hold supplemental tryouts throughout the year. Roster openings may be limited after the initial tryout period.

What are the differences between Academy and Premier?
Our Academy provides a highly competitive environment for higher-level soccer athletes. This program provides those athletes with the best local training offered by our qualified and professional staff. Our Academy teams play at the highest possible level providing showcase opportunities to College, Professional, and National level programs.

The Premier Program is a community-based program. The Premier Program provides the opportunity for players to play other sports or have other interests outside of soccer. This program is designed to be flexible, convenient, and affordable.

Can I try out for multiple programs?
We encourage anyone who wants to tryout for all levels to do so. Current KHSC players can ask their coach/director for guidance if they are unsure about which program to tryout for. You will need to register for each tryout separately.

If I tryout for a program and don’t make it, can I try out for another program?
Yes. If you don’t make an Academy team, we strongly encourage you to tryout for a Premier team, attending tryouts for at least one day.

If you don’t make a Premier team, the Classic Program may be an option. Contact Michelle Okumura ( if you’d like to pursue this option.

Will there be more than one team in each age group?
Yes, when possible, there will be more than one team per age group, per program. It all depends on the number of players at tryouts and their skill level.

If my child doesn’t make the top team, can they move up during the year?
Yes, there may be opportunities to move up throughout the year as long as the coach/director feels it is in the best interest of the player’s development. There may also be opportunities to guest play across all levels.

What can I expect after tryouts?
After tryouts you can expect communication from the club in the form of an email.  (Please double-check that your email is correct in the PlayMetrics system, this is the email we use) This will either be an acceptance email, offering your child a position on a team, or an email letting you know that they should tryout for a different program. Players who are offered positions on a team may also receive a phone call from their coach. All communication will come within 24-48 hours of the end of the last tryout. You will then have 24 hours to either accept or decline your email before your spot is offered to another child.

What are the next steps if my child makes a team?

  1. If you are new to the club, you will receive more information regarding your uniform ordering in your confirmation email.
  2. If you are part of the Academy or Premier Programs, you will receive the link to Demosphere to register your child in the state system in your confirmation email as well.

How long is the season?

  • Academy
    • U11-U14: August-November, January-May (possible post-season in June)
    • U15-U19: November-May
  • Premier
    • U7-U14: August-October, March-May
    • U15-U19: November-December, March-May

My child is in middle school but plays on a U15 team. Will there be a fall U15 program for trapped players?
Yes, we will offer a program for trapped 8th graders for the fall season depending on interest. The program will run from August to October and is open to players that are currently in the 8th grade that will be playing on a U15 team starting in November 2022. Questions please contact:

Academy North: Ryan Handbury |
Academy South Boys: James Thomas |
Academy South Girls: Chris Black |
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley  |
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins |

Can a team come to the club and join as a team?
Yes! The team can join the Classic Program. For more information please reach out to Michelle Okumura at

Who is in charge of hiring coaches?
If you are interested in a coaching opportunity, please fill out the following coaching form –

Program Directors:

Academy North: Ryan Handbury |
Academy South Girls: Chris Black |
Academy South Boys: James Thomas |
Academy Bluegrass Boys: Dan Ensley |
Academy Bluegrass Girls: Megan Adkins |
Premier Xenia: Brent Lewis |
Premier North: Wil Cagle |
Premier Sycamore: Ryan Handbury |
Premier Central: Michael Ratliff |
Premier South: David Shemilt |
Premier Versailles: Brandon Cummons |
Premier Lexington: Fonyam Atanga |