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San Antonio Scorpions

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Front Office

Michael Hitchcock, President

The San Antonio Scorpions are led by Michael Hitchcock. Hitchcock recently completed a career in Major League Soccer where he helped grow the league from the early, struggling years to the strong, vibrant league that it is today. During his 12+ year MLS career, Hitchcock worked his way from the bottom of the organization (entry level sales rep) to the top of the organization (General Manager.) Hitchcock was the most decorated Business Executive in MLS History having won the MLS Sales Director of the Year award 4 times, his Sales Teams won MLS Sales Team of the Year 5 times and he was recognized as the Commissioner's New Business Leadership Award winner as a Sales Rep. Hitchcock is the only MLS Leader to have hosted and led the Major League Soccer Championship game, MLS CUP 4 times (all 4 games were SOLD OUT.) He's credited with elevating the status of the League's Championship game with very innovative initiatives including the MLS Host Committee (a committee made of the local business, community and political leaders to help promote the Championship game on all levels.) Also, he introduced the MLS CUP Trophy Tour; a program that took the Trophy all over the region to promote the Championship game where over 10,000 people had a chance to hold the trophy and take a picture with it (as part of a Grass Roots Marketing & Database Management campaign).

Starting his career in entry level ticket sales (commission only), on his first day as a Sales Rep, Hitchcock set a goal of becoming a President & General Manager of an MLS Team in 9 years. 8 years, 6 months after his first day as a Sales Rep; Michael Hitchcock was offered 3 President/GM jobs in the same week. He accepted the opportunity to become the General Manager of FC Dallas (MLS team) and the new Pizza Hut park (a state of the art 140 acre Soccer Facility that included a 20,500 Seat Soccer Stadium and 17 world class soccer fields.) As the General Manager of FC Dallas & Pizza Hut Park, Hitchcock brought over 1.5 Million guests to Pizza Hut Park per year through an aggressive Programming Plan & Strategy. Through his leadership, Pizza Hut Park became the first Professional Green Stadium in the state of Texas which was fully funded by a Recycling Grant. Green Stadiums have since become the trend in the industry. Hitchcock created the FC Dallas Foundation to help make the community where we live, work & play; a better place to live, work & play. The Foundation helps children with the goal of raising $500,000 a year that they give back to the community.

In 2009, he was recognized as the Frisco Business Leader of the Year with the Frisco Chairman's Award. Under Hitchcock's leadership, FC Dallas & Pizza Hut Park was recognized as Business of the Year by two different organizations in 2008. In 2007, Pizza Hut Park received the Dallas Business Journal Community Impact Award for the company in Dallas/Fort Worth that had the greatest impact on the local community.

Hitchcock is known in the industry as a visionary leader, innovative marketer and a strategic planner. Through his unique approach to the business; Hitchcock has shown throughout his career that his business management system can help clubs accomplish great things.

In two years, he took Colorado Rapids from averaging under 11,000 fans per game to 20,205 fans per game. In LA, he set all sales records including an Average Attendance of over 24,000 fans per game and selling 176,000 Group Tickets (11,000 group tickets per game). In Dallas, he improved attendance for a franchise that averaged @ 11,000 fans per game to an average attendance of 15,600 fans per game; while increasing the Franchise Value to $39 Million which was the third highest Franchise value in MLS (according to Forbes Magazine' 2009 Team Evaluation.) In 2009, FC Dallas built the first fully integrated Youth Development System in America that starts with the FC Dallas Academy through to the FC Dallas Juniors and now features over 1,800 players. In their first year, the youth club was ranked one of the top clubs in America plus Hitchcock signed their first Professional player from the clubs youth system. This player since signing with FC Dallas played in the U17 World Cup. FC Dallas had 5 players on the US National team that participated in the U20 World Cup.

Michael can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and linkedin.com/in/mhitchcock.

 

Andy Smith, Vice President of Business Development

Andy Smith joins the San Antonio Scorpions from IMG where he served as Manager of Business Development for IMG Academies. Before IMG, Andy had a very impressive career in Major League Soccer and USL. Andy started his MLS career as Corporate Sales Executive for Colorado Rapids where he was recognized as the Top Sales Executive in Major League Soccer for New Business Development. After Colorado, Andy Smith became Director of Sales for Charleston Battery where he elevated Battery Ticket and Sponsorship revenue to record numbers. Andy was then recruited by DC United where he became the Director of Sales before becoming Vice President of Sales for FC Dallas in 2006 where he led FC Dallas to their Top Group Sales & Season Seat Sales numbers in Franchise History.

Andy can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and linkedin.com/in/asmith11.

 

 

Evan Mitz, Director of Sales and Marketing

Evan Mitz joins the San Antonio Scorpions as one of the most successful Account Executives in FC Dallas history. For both the 2007 & 2008 seasons, Evan was recognized by Major League Soccer as Top 10 Representative in Group Sales, Season Seat Sales and Total Revenue Production. As account executive, Mitz was responsible for generating more than $2.1 million over four seasons at FC Dallas. Evan has served as the Ticket Sales Manager for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. In addition to his roles with the North American Soccer League, Mitz has served as the Director of Sales for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.

Evan can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and linkedin.com/in/evanmitz.

 

 

Jose Lizardo, Director of Sponsorship and Partnerships

Jose Lizardo is joining the San Antonio Scorpions from ISP where he served as a Sr. Account Executive for the UTEP Miner sports network. Prior to ISP, Jose had a very successful 4 year career with MLS side, FC Dallas where he was responsible for generating season ticket and group sales. Jose has served the role as the Director of Sales for Crystal Palace Baltimore, a client of Playbook Management International.

Jose can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and linkedin.com/in/joselizardo.



 

 

 

Andrew Forrest, Sr. Account Executive

Andrew Forrest joins the San Antonio Scorpions as a Senior Account Executive.  He is responsible for season tickets, group sales, and sponsorship opportunities.  Andrew has previously worked for FC Edmonton and Crystal Palace Baltimore.  Andrew played soccer at Roanoke College for 4 years before attending James Madison University where he earned a Master’s of Science in Sports Leadership.

Andrew can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and linkedin.com/in/andrewforrest1.




 

 

Bradley Ryan, New Media and Communications Executive

Bradley joins the San Antonio Scorpions as a New Media and Communications Executive. Bradley played two years of Division-1 soccer at Eastern Illinois University before completing his degree at the University of Illinois. Ranging from web design to app development, Bradley has worked with numerous clients such as Shalrie Joseph and Playbook Management International to leverage digital media. Bradley is responsible for the Scorpions website, social media, and mobile apps.

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Wes Hoover, Box Office Director

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Matt Levenshus, Operations Coordinator

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Sean Arters, Camp Coordinator

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Mary Carmen Serna, Team Ambassador

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Pete Veras, Team Ambassador

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