ABOUT USG

Formerly known as Managers On A Mission (MOAM), Uncommon Sports Group exists to develop Christ-centered leaders of the sport industry.

 
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Our Story

Created by former student managers, our organization began as a class project following Drew Boe’s first-ever mission trip to Rwanda in 2012. Throughout his time as a graduate student at Virginia Tech, Drew began discussing and developing the framework with his graduate professors and mentors in the sport industry. Drew’s three weeks in Rwanda allowed him to experience firsthand the transformational power of a mission trip, leading to the creation of the "Development thru Service" motto which we are founded on today.

Our Ministry Team

Caitlyn Merzbacher

Director of Marketing

Caitlyn has served as the Director of Marketing since April of 2020 and oversees all marketing efforts, social media, and member experience.

Prior to joining staff, Caitlyn attended the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management where she received a B.S. in Marketing in May of 2019.  While at Minnesota, Caitlyn was also a student-athlete and captain of the women's tennis team for 4 years.  During this time, she was a student leader for Athletes in Action and interned at the Ultimate Training Camp.

Caitlyn enjoys exploring local coffee shops, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, and traveling around the world.

 

James Morrison

Director of Engagement

James has served as the Director of Engagement for USG since October 2019 and oversees all student engagement and Clean Out For A Cause® donor stewardship. He also served on our 2018 Uganda mission trip.

 

Prior to joining staff, James played one year of college basketball at Guilford College before transferring to South Carolina where he served as the men's basketball manager and received a B.S. in Sport Management.  He also made stops with the Philadelphia 76ers, Huntingdon College, and Trevecca Nazarene as a coach for the men's basketball programs.

James enjoys coaching AAU basketball, cheering on Boston sports teams, and traveling with his family.

Michael Carpenter

Director of Development

Michael has served as Director of Development at USG since July 2018 and oversees all professional development, strengths training, scholarship funding, and domestic service projects. He also served on our inaugural mission trip in 2014 to Mzuzu, Malawi.

 

Prior to joining staff, Michael served four seasons as a student manager for the University of Virginia men’s basketball program from 2010-14 while receiving his B.S. in politics-foreign affairs.  He then made stops at D.C. United, Wake Forest University, Texas A&M University , and Liberty University, each in a variety of development roles. Michael also earned his master's in higher education (athletic administration) from the University of Oklahoma in 2015.

 

Michael enjoys spending quality time with friends, watching his Indianapolis Colts, eating Chick-fil-a, and serving on mission internationally.

Seth Ralston

Director of Programs

Seth has served as the Director of Programs for USG since January 2018 and oversees all programming logistics and ministry strategies for the organization.

 

Prior to joining staff, Seth spent time serving in numerous basketball operations roles for the women's basketball programs at Mercer, Austin Peay, and Western Kentucky. He's also led many sports missions trips around the world, serving in over a dozen countries and also living in Turkey for a short stint. 

Seth resides in Minneapolis with his wife, Andrea, and their new baby girl, Hadley. He enjoys traveling to new countries, golfing, and exploring the Twin Cities.

Drew Boe

Executive Director

Drew Boe has served as the Executive Director of USG since launching the ministry in May 2013. 

 

His personal pursuit of a career in the sport industry started in his time as a student manager for the University of Minnesota Gophers Football and Men's Basketball teams. While completing his undergrad in Sports Management at the University of Minnesota from 2008-2010, Drew was also able to do internships with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers. These experiences led Drew to complete his Masters Degree at Virginia Tech while serving as a Graduate Assistant Equipment Manager for Virginia Tech Football before his first full time position as an Equipment Manager for Auburn University Football in 2013-2014.

 

Drew resides in Minneapolis and loves spending his free time with his nephew and family, staying active, serving in local homeless ministries, and has most recently become an avid pickleball player.

Our Operations Team

Stephanie Tangen

Office & Admin Support

Manager

Zach Shelley

Director of Business

Development

Zac Colburn

Warehouse & Operations

Manager

Our Board Members

Chris King

Univ. of Tennessee

Chad Atherton

GEICO

Josh Meyer

Helmet Tracker

Adam Short

SweatX

Daniel McIntosh

Arizona State University

Megan Soderberg

Athletes in Action

Jane Teixeira

Humboldt State Athletics

Preston Rogers

Mississippi State Football