Established in 2002, we are a soccer/fitness company located in Southern Illinois. We offer camps, classes and leagues for boys and girls from age 2 through professional.
Who We Want
Our ideal Soccer Director candidate is looking for a career position, not a job. You are looking for an opportunity to apply your team player mindset while contributing to our fast-paced and growing company. We are looking for an outgoing person with strong customer service, leadership and conflict resolution skills. You must be available to work a mix of daytime, evenings and some weekends. You are committed long term and are a passionate believer in serving both customers and team members. You want to make a difference by working within the leadership team to create positive change and growth.
What You’ll Do
The Soccer Director will report to the Program Director and Owner and be responsible for all soccer aspects of the company. This includes organizing all current soccer programs and creating new opportunities with recreational, club, high school and colleges. You will hire, educate and schedule our staff. You will market our programs and run the day to day business ‘on the field’.
College level soccer - Player or Coach
4+ years coaching soccer players in camps or teams
3+ years successful sales or management experience
Broad knowledge of internet and social media
Detail oriented and organized, with excellent prioritization skills
Demonstrated skill in coordinating a variety of tasks
Heart to serve customers and team members
Professional level soccer - Player or Coach
Leadership experience with teams/clubs
Customer Service experience
Customer/Staff Resolution experience
Experience in scheduling staff and programs
What We Will Include
Salary based on experience
Performance based bonus structure
Hours vary based on season and programming
Qualified candidates should send your up-to-date resume and a cover letter explaining who you are and why you believe you would be the best possible choice for this position to:
Elite FT had its first official training session in Granite City, IL on April 25th, 2002.
However, the idea began in October of 2000. At this time, the Founder and Owner, Justin McMillian had just recovered from his 2nd ACL surgery to his right knee. McMillian spent many, many hours training on his own and was fortunate enough to have a childhood friend, Jared ‘Iggy’ Embick (Akron University Head Coach) personally train him.
Iggy said, “Having set times, like teams do, forced us to get out and train. I simply personalized the workouts to his needs. He got rewarded for it in the end.” Iggy was right, as McMillian played his final college season in 2001 at SIUE and fulfilled his childhood dreams of becoming an All-American, leading his team to the Final Four and eventually playing professionally.
While training for the pros, McMillian began coaching club soccer and individually training athletes, offering the same service Iggy was giving him. As word spread, McMillian soon became overwhelmed and hired more trainers and named it Elite Futbol Training. Soon, more teams and clubs began approaching Elite FT and it was no longer an individual training company, but also a team tra...ining organization and offering camps.
While training for professional soccer, McMillian found a new personal trainer, Tate Merten (his former Granite City High School Athletic Trainer), who was a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. This began a new relationship, as Tate began writing fitness activities into the soccer training programs. McMillian and Tate then wanted to offer Elite FT to all athletes. With Tate’s experience, the focus switched from just soccer training to adding speed programs and the program is now named Elite FT, Elite Fitness Training, which offers training to athletes of sports such as basketball, baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, swimming, field hockey and more.
In 2010, McMillian became the General Manager of the indoor facility in Glen Carbon, The Sports Academy. After 3 years of managing the facility, he opened CrossFit 618 inside The Sports Academy with two friends, Jesse (former Steamers teammate) and Casey (former Elite FT athlete) Elmore. After 2 years, CrossFit 618 closed and McMillian opened the Elite FT Training Center & Gym, on November 1st, 2014. The gym was renamed to The Annex powered by Elite FT in August of 2019. It offers Boot Camps and Functional Fitness classes for adults, Sports Performance for teenagers and Kids Fit for ages 8-12. On June 1, 2019, The Complex powered by Elite FT opened. This facility located in South Roxana offers a 24 hour access gym membership along with a turf training area and baseball batting/pitching cage and machine.