Welcome, Lauren Bland!
The Hampton Roads Soccer Council is pleased to announce the hiring of Lauren Bland to serve as Executive Director effective June 1, 2017. In this role, Bland will oversee the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex and the North American Sand Soccer Championships.
Shelly Cohn, President of the Hampton Roads Soccer Council Board said “The Hampton Roads Soccer Council is very excited about a new direction under Lauren’s energetic leadership. Together with the Board, we welcome her to our soccer family.”
Lauren comes to us from the Hampton Roads Sports Commission where, under her leadership, the sports commission hosted the 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games which produced $50 million in economic impact for the region. She also created and developed several new sporting events in the region and assisted the local municipalities with booking new sports groups.
Bland has deep history in Hampton Roads with several sports and civic organizations. Her previous employers include: Old Dominion University Athletic Department, J & A Racing, Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carolina Courts (where she managed events for 2 large sports complexes in Charlotte, NC) and Great Wolf Lodge.
She is active in the community by serving on the Board for the Kiwanis Club of Norfolk, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and tHRive (young professionals organization).
In 2016, Inside Business Magazine recognized Lauren as a Top 40 Under 40, as well as, an honoree for Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Millennial on the Move award.
Lauren has her Bachelors and Masters in Sports Management from Old Dominion University.