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9160 Rumsey Road
Columbia, MD 21045
How We Got Started
As a youth soccer coach in 2000, Michael Libber was looking for a way to help his U-12 team with the monetary costs of attending their first out of state tournament. He decided to create a mini tournament for teams in his age group as a fund-raiser. Ten teams attended his first tournament, and the event was a great success for all teams involved; so much so that they asked him to organize another event. The following year’s tournament was even more successful with over 60 participating teams, and Libber found his calling –organizing and managing sporting events.
In the following years since Libber established the company, Elite Tournaments, it has organized over 200 youth soccer events for numerous clubs, colleges, international and professional organizations. Elite Tournaments has expanded to run over 50 tournaments. Elite Tournaments organizes events throughout the United States including events in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. Elite Tournaments also has managed international tournaments in Bermuda for the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) and provided support to CANCACAF during the 2013 Gold Cup.
In 2010 Elite Tournaments sign a partnership agreement with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America to create and manage the NSCAA College Showcase Series. The Series is designed as a college recruiting event in which teams play games in a showcase format in front of college coaches to display their skills in the hopes of obtaining a scholarship. The Series has events throughout the US with some permanent as well as rotating venues. In addition to the showcase event the NSCAA offers education opportunities at these events as well as player testing opportunities in a combine format.
In 2013 Elite Tournaments through its relationship with Under Armour partnered with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League to develop the Tottenham Hotspur America Trophy Tournament. The event consists of a two day tournament for boys ages Under 11 – Under 15. During the event coaches from Tottenham’s youth system will be doing player evaluations. At the conclusion of the tournament the Spurs coaching staff will select between 15 and 20 players to travel to London to take part in a Tottenham Hotspur Residential Programme. During the Residential Programme the players will train at the state of the art Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre, where they will receive direct instruction from the Spurs youth and professional coaching staff. Additional they will have game opportunities with Spurs youth teams as well as other youth system teams in England.
While primarily a soccer oriented event management company, Elite Tournaments has begun to expand into different sporting markets. In 2013, Elite partnered with Trilogy lacrosse from Brooklyn New York to manage their Masters Tournament Series with events in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. Elite has also previously worked with USA Field Hockey as well as managed 5k road races.
Elite Tournaments has based its company on the experiences of its staff’s playing, coaching and managing experience at other events prior to joining the company. Members of the Elite Tournament’s staff are former high school and college standouts, as well as a former collegiate and high school coaches and referees. Elite Tournaments prides itself on organization and communication with the teams, players, coaches, and spectators involved in the events and thus creating relationships with the coaches and managers that last. Always interested in creating new relationships, Elite Tournaments will listen to any organizations’ questions, requests and proposals. If your organization is interested in Elite Tournaments assisting with your event management, please e-mail Matt Libber at email@example.com.
Meet Our Staff:
Michael Libber, President
Mike Libber was a standout high school and college player, earning the Baltimore Sun 1993 Player of the Year award while leading Archbishop Curley to the MSA championship (Now MIAA). He continued his playing career of UMBC from 1994-1996 and became Coach Pete Caringi’s assistant in 1999-2000. Libber’s coaching career continued as he worked in Baltimore Bays organization from 1997-2004, winning two state championship and Region 1 championship. He was at the helm for the Baltimore Bays U-23 team that won the national championship in 2002 and national finalist in 2004. Libber currently holds a USSF C License.
As well as being involved with Elite Tournaments, Libber has been on the local NSCAA host committee for 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011 and the upcoming event in 2016. He has currently working with the Maryland Stadium Authority to help bring the 2015 Gold Cup to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. He is currently a member of the Howard County Tourism Board and is on the Connect Sports Advisory Board.
His wife, Mandy, is the CFO of Elite Tournaments. The couple had their first child, Carson Michael in 2009, their second Cole Bishop in 2011 and their third Casey James in 2013. They currently reside in Mt Airy, MD
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Matt Libber, CSEE, Vice President of Operations and Business Development
Matt Libber has been onboard with Elite Tournaments since its inception. Matt brings not only sports background in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, but he also brings experience in project management to Elite Tournaments. Having run successful projects for many companies including the United States Postal Service, and most recently the Maryland State Board of Elections, Matt provides project planning, risk management and general organizational and operations expertise to the company. In addition, he also provides IT management and support for the organization.
Matt was a three sport athlete at Archbishop Curley High School and went on to play lacrosse on the collegiate level at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). Matt later coached lacrosse at the high school level as well as several seasons of summer league club lacrosse. He also has 13 years of experience as a soccer referee and was a referee assignor. Matt served as the 1st Vice-President, Maryland State Cup Director for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association. Matt holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and History with a minor in Philosophy from Western Maryland College. Matt has a Certificate of Sports Administration from The George Washington University School of Business and attained the Certified Sports Event Executive designation from the National Association of Sports Commissions. Matt is currently working towards a Masters of Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.
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Megan Schmidt, Director of Operations
Megan Schmidt joined Elite Tournaments in July 2009. As the Director of Operations, Schmidt oversees the planning and execution of all Elite Tournaments events. Before joining Elite Tournaments full time, Schmidt was highly involved with coaching soccer teams in Southern Maryland both at the youth and collegiate level.
Schmidt obtained a bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Mary's College of MD and a master's degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a focus on Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2008. While attending St. Mary's College of MD, Megan was a four-year starter for the women’s soccer program. Megan holds a NSCAA National and Advance National Diplomas as well as the USSF National 'D" coaching license.
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Wilson Pak, Assistant Director of Operations
Wilson Pak, Assistant Director of Operations rejoins Elite Tournaments in May 2014. Formerly an Events Operations Associate, Wilson decided to leave Elite Tournaments in July 2013 to pursue graduate school. Wilson was the Graduate Assistant Director of Facility Personnel and a personal trainer within Ohio University’s campus recreation department. He oversaw the operations of the student recreation center and athletic field house while receiving his master’s in recreation studies with a concentration in recreation management
Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management with a minor in marketing from Syracuse University. Throughout his college career, Wilson was actively involved with the Syracuse athletic department, specifically football and lacrosse games. Prior to joining Elite, Wilson interned at Octagon, an international sports agency and worked for Macy’s Logistics and Operations. A resident of Baltimore, Wilson is a CrossFit L-1 Trainer and currently coaches at Perry Hall CrossFit.
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Dominic Popolizio, East Coast Tournament Director
Dominic Popolizio joined Elite Tournaments in June 2011. Prior to Elite, Dominic had been the Tournament Director at United Sports (USTC) in Downingtown, PA. Dominic directed such tournaments as the FC DELCO Players Cup (May), Primo Cup (Nov), and the FC Europa Turf Cup (March).
Popolizio currently coaches at the club level and plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) for the FC Reading Revolution. As a collegiate student-athlete, Popolizio was a four-year starter at Quinnipiac University. Popolizio had three winning seasons with the Downingtown East Cougars (2007-2009) and he currently coaches the 96 Blue and 93 Arsenal boys’ teams at Spirit United Soccer Club. Additionally, Popolizio has coached for Montgomery United Soccer Club (1996-2004), Horsham Soccer Club (2005-2008), and the National Soccer Academy (1999 - 2005).
As a player, Popolizio acquired numerous awards at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. At Quinnipiac University, Popolizio led the team in assists during all four years of his collegiate career and he helped the Bobcats to a Northeast Conference (NEC) Final Four appearance in 2004. He is one of few to have won three National Championships, doing so with FC Delco in 2002, 2003, and 2005. Popolizio was also a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional All-American, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) All-State selection, Pioneer Athletic Conference-10 (PAC-10) League Most Valuable Player (MVP), and First Team All-League during his senior year at Lansdale Catholic High School.
Popolizio earned bachelor‘s degree in health sciences with a minor in biology from Quinnipiac University. He is currently resides in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.
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Brent Paulson, Mid-West Tournament Director
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Megan Ditchman, Marketing Manager / Programs Assistant
Megan Patterson was welcomed into the Elite Tournament family in July 2011 as the Marketing Manager and Programs Assistant. Growing up, Megan was involved in various levels of competitive sports and event management, which led her to develop a passion for the tournament field. She both played softball and competed in cheerleading on a national level and gained recognition as a standout in both sports. Injury prevented Megan from continuing to compete at a collegiate level; however, it did not stop her passion for competitive sports.
Megan went on to attend Appalachian State University and received a degree in Communication. While at Appalachian, Megan was involved in many local non-profit organizations and was innovative in heading the Frederich Ataxia Muscular Dystrophy Fund. She also was in charge of various local public relations campaigns and served as Hospitality Liaison for Music on the Mountaintop, a one of a kind, ecologically driven large-scale music festival. While staying involved in the community, Megan also was a member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences. Before joining Elite Tournaments Megan had most recently been serving as a Unit Marketing Coordinator for Outback Steakhouse and putting on events with Downtown Frederick Partnership.
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Justin McCraw, Digital Media Coordinator
Justin McCraw joined Elite Tournaments in May 2014. As the Digital Media Coordinator, he oversees website design and content, coordinates social media strategy, collaborates on marketing projects, and provides company IT support. His love of sports began in his childhood and he was a three sport varsity athlete/ team captain in the MIAA Conference.
Justin earned two bachelor degrees at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Media and Communication Studies and in Visual Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. Previous to his employment at Elite Tournaments, he interned in the Maryland Athletic Club marketing department while earning his degrees. After graduation, UMBC Facilities Management hired Justin full-time as a web developer where he managed and redesigned the UMBC Environmental Safety and Health website and served as IT Support for multiple university departments.
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Mandy Libber, Chief Financial Officer
Mandy Libber, formerly Bishop, is Elite Tournaments' Chief Financial Manager. She has worked on every level within the soccer community. Mandy worked at the US Soccer Federation in both coaching education and events; the now defunct Carolina Courage, professional women’s soccer team; CASL of North Carolina and was the program administrator for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association before joining the Elite Tournaments staff full time. Mandy also coached at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland for 5 years, a span in which Notre Dame won two Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference Championships and twice advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships. She has also worked with several club teams in her tenure of coaching, including 3 of the largest clubs in the nation.
As a player, she was a four-year letter-winner in soccer and lacrosse at St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 1997-2001. Mandy was a captain of both teams for the Seahawks and was a member of the 1999 and 2000 Capital Athletic Conference all -conference team. She played on three women’s lacrosse teams that advanced to the NCAA Division III, including two trips to the great 8 and one to the final 4. Mandy graduated from St. Mary’s in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Economics. She then attended North Carolina State University for a master’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with an Athletic Administration Minor from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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Dominic Acosta, Event Operations Associate
Dominic joined Elite Tournaments in December 2013 as an Event Operations Associate. He grew up playing competitive soccer and played for his high school team all four years. Dominic also played two years for Stevenson University’s men NCAA Division III soccer team. While playing soccer, Dominic worked as a game day assistant for the athletic department.
Dominic attended Stevenson University in Maryland where he graduated with a degree in Business Communication. While at Stevenson he was in Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Association, also accepting an award for Who’s Who Among Students in Universities and Colleges.
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