CFC Name Sheldon Grizzle New General Manager
(press release) Chattanooga, TN (November 11, 2018)- Local entrepreneur and Chattanooga Football Club co-founder Sheldon Grizzle has been named the new General Manager for the club. Sheldon became interim GM in late July after the end of the 2018 season. Grizzle brings decades of business experience and soccer knowledge both as a high-level player and club director as well as an intrinsic feel for the city that he calls home.
“I’ve been blessed to be a part of the entrepreneurial renaissance in Chattanooga over the last ten years,” said Grizzle. “I love this city and I am passionate about finding creative ways to make it better. I’m excited about this next chapter in helping lead another great local organization.”
Grizzle taking over the reins is just one of many front office changes that the team has made in an effort to realign their vision and goals with the core tenets of the club. Recently, Lamp Post announced they were acquiring a stake in Chattanooga Football Club. Several key staff members have assumed larger roles within the company, and the club is preparing to build on its unprecedented success as an amatuer club over the last ten seasons.
“Chattanooga Football Club’s brightest days are ahead of us. We’re asking the question: ‘What would a city-centric organization look like with a 100 year vision?’ The steps we’ve taken over the last ten years and the ones we are deliberately taking now answer that question. There are things that we can and should do that other teams can’t or won’t do. We have no doubt that Chattanoogans will be pleased with the future of Chattanooga Football Club.”
Grizzle is just one of several local entrepreneurs on the board of the club, which also includes Tim Kelly, Paul Rustand, Krue Brock, Daryl Heald, Thomas Clark, and Marshall Brock. It was also recently reported that Lamp Post partner Barry Large is joining the board.
“Sheldon is Chattanooga Football Club, and there’s no one better to run this team at this time in our existence.” said Tim Kelly, Chairman of the Board for the club. “From playing on the inaugural team to managing several successful businesses in town, Sheldon gets it. He shares the vision of the board and is the right guy to take us into the future.”
After helping establish Chattanooga Football Club in 2009, Sheldon founded several successful organizations, including: CO.LAB, Very, Blank Slate Ventures, and Highland Park Commons. He’s originally from Boca Raton, FL and moved to the Chattanooga area to attend Covenant College where he was an All-American soccer player for two years and finished his career with 54 goals. Sheldon and his wife, Kelly, have lived in Highland Park for 13 years and have three kids.
“We’ve been saying this for years- Chattanooga Football Club is Chattanooga’s football club. We were founded for Chattanoogans by Chattanoogans and that shows by the ways we’ve invested in our community not only through the club but also through CFC Academy, CFC Women, Operation Get Active, CFC Foundation, Chattanooga Sports Ministries, and Highland Park Commons. Soccer is a just tool to improve the lives of the citizens here in Chattanooga. It helps build relationships between diverse cultures in ways that few other things can. We’ve made a significant impact on the city over the last ten years and we are excited to continue laying a solid foundation for the next ninety and beyond.”