Director of Sports at Soar Detroit


Soar Detroit is seeking a Director of Sports who will build and run an excellent program – Eagle Sports Club – in Detroit. This person will build a culture of evangelism and discipleship through coaches and committed volunteers.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the CEO, Matt Mancinelli

Employment status: Full time, salaried with benefits

Work schedule: 40+ hours per week, includes Saturdays during sports seasons and some evenings during baseball.

Revised date: November 16, 2017


Eagle Sports Club (now called Soar Detroit) was founded in 1999 to serve families on the East Side of Detroit by building relationships through sports. Today we serve about 1500 participants each year in six leagues for kids age 4-14: indoor, spring, and fall soccer, spring and fall flag football, and summer baseball. The fruit of the ministry has been incredible:

      - A city park that was run down and dangerous has been restored, including the addition of a 1.6 million-dollar

        championship baseball field.

      - Relational bridges have been built as urban and suburban families have played, cheered, and coached together, side

        by side.

      - Kids and parents have been encouraged and mentored, and many have become Christians, gotten baptized, and

        joined churches.

In 2005 we began a literacy tutoring ministry called Soar, which since then has reached nearly 1000 kids, who on average improve more than two grade levels each year in just two days per week of after school tutoring. There is great momentum among the Church in Detroit today to scale this literacy program, with the goal of serving 2000 students each year, and working towards reversing the current literacy statistics, which show that only 14% of Detroit third graders are reading at or above their grade level. We are building a world-class team that can be a force for serving Detroit in the coming decades, as the Church, together, addresses the literacy crisis we face.


  • Drive the process of recruiting, training, and encouraging coaches, who love and disciple participants.

  • Work with schools, churches, coaches and families to recruit participants for our sports leagues.

  • Oversee execution of the sports leagues: secure parks, set up fields, order and distribute uniforms, create teams, generate schedules, and oversee game day operations.

  • Generate opportunities to engage, love, and encourage participants through game-day talks, opening day celebrations, and other events.

  • Manage a communication system for coaches, families, and participants via phone, text, meetings, email and flyers.

Qualities Required

Strong Interpersonal Skills

This role requires the emotional maturity to build relationships with coaches, families, and athletes based on trust and open communication. He or she must be capable of clearly communicating the vision and mission of Eagle Sports Club, as well as the expectations of each group. This person will be a relational leader – taking others where they need to go, but can’t get to on their own – using sports as a platform to foster spiritual growth.

Passion for Ministry

This person should have a passion for the ministry of Eagle Sports Club – to share the Gospel with the youth of Detroit. They should have a desire to spread the love of Jesus and the truth of God’s Word to all coaches, families and athletes. This person should have a posture of humility and attitude of love as they serve and disciple coaches and families.

Interest in Athletics

This person highly values athletics and competition. In our case, the platform for spreading the gospel is a sports program. Ideally an athlete, the director should have passion and desire to build a sports program, and initiate creative ways to communicate the gospel in the context of sports.

If interested, please submit your resume to Matt Mancinelli,