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Charlotte Eagles' parent company has new leadership in December
David Urban takes over as chief executive
Published Tuesday, September 18, 2018 5:39 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

The Charlotte Eagles have a new boss.

David Urban has been named CEO of the Eagles’ parent company, Missionary Athletes International, which also includes the Chicago Eagles and the So. Cal. Seahorses. He replaces current CEO Pat Stewart on Dec. 1.

“David is a visionary, servant leader who has long loved soccer and missions and we are excited to see how the Lord uses David to advance His work through our ministry,” said Tony DiLeonardi, chairman of MAI’s search committee.

Urban is Cairn University’s associate vice president for strategic partnerships. His experience extends mostly in higher education for the last two decades, including a previous post at Eastern University — where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration – as vice president of enrollment. Additionally, he played soccer at Eastern, and coached its men’s and women’s teams. He also co-founded Charter Oak Research, a consulting firm.  

“I am very thankful to have the opportunity to lead and work alongside so many great people within Missionary Athletes International,” Urban said. “I came to know Christ as my savior through the environment of my college soccer team and I am excited to be a part of an organization that seeks to glorify God and see lives transformed by communicating the message of Jesus Christ through the global environment of soccer.”

Said MAI Board Chairman Fred Ely: “The board would also like to thank Pat Stewart for his 16 years of service to MAI.  Pat has skillfully and humbly shepherded the organization over his tenure and passes to David a dynamic, flourishing ministry on solid footing - spiritually, strategically, and financially.”

The Eagles play in the Premier Development League, where they went  3-7-4 in 2018.



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