Cody Pearson joins Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer after three years as the Tournament Director for Elite Tournaments.
Plymouth Meeting (October 16)—Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is proud to announce the hiring of Cody Pearson as Director of Competitions. In this role, Pearson will be responsible for managing and developing the state association’s multiple competitions, serving all levels of participation. Pearson is charged with operating the National Championship Series, Presidents Cup and Challenge Cup; indoor cup, the Target United Cup, futsal and developing additional recreational programming. Pearson will also serve as the liaison to US Youth Soccer for regional and national events.
Pearson will work closely with Eastern Pennsylvania member leagues and clubs and the various soccer facilities to maximize participation and exposure of competitions. Pearson will oversee the tournament sanctioning process as well. He will assist our many successful tournaments to grow and thrive. In addition, he will work closely with our referee community and assigners to showcase our officials throughout the cups and our club based tournaments.
“Cody brings a proven track record and a variety of soccer experience as a player, coach and administrator to our state association,” Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome said. “We’re looking forward to working with him to optimize competitions at all levels of our membership.”
Prior to joining Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, Pearson served as the Tournament Director for Elite Tournaments, based in Columbia, Maryland. At Elite Tournaments, Pearson was responsible for the administration of more than 25 annual tournaments across the country, from Maryland and surrounding states to Wisconsin, Texas, California and more. These tournaments ranged in participation from 50 teams to 650. Pearson was charged with creating applications, brackets and schedules, as well as recruitment and assistance with local hotel and tourism agencies. He was also the lead staff on the Elite Tournaments Player Development Program, in which he managed 90 youth players on programs associated with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC of the English Premier League.
A graduate of York College, where he played soccer and earned a degree in Sport management, Pearson later acquired a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from McDaniel College (Westminster, MD). He served as a graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams while at McDaniel.
About Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer - For more than 40 years, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, workshops and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 130,000 youth soccer players from ages five to 19. Additional information about Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer can be found at http://www.epysa.org.