2011-02-23 / News Briefs

SportsQuest president resigns, national search under way

Gwen Sadler

SportsQuest’s second-in-charge has resigned. After two years on the job, Phil Evans has left his position as president of SportsQuest in part because the project isn’t moving as quickly as he would have liked, reports Richmond BizSense.

SportsQuest is under construction on Genito Road. It currently includes turf athletic fields, and plans are under way to add indoor facilities and arenas. The Richmond Revolution, an indoor football team launched last year, will play at SportsQuest beginning next month.

Evans said he believed the business would own and operate several professional sports teams by now. Among his stated goals when he joined the SportsQuest team was to bring professional hockey and basketball to the complex by 2011. That hasn’t happened.

Evans said the business needed him to commit to more time than the part-time consulting position he has been in, and he isn’t able to do that.

Steve Burton, the founder and CEO of SportsQuest, said Evans’ position has not been filled, and a national search for a new president is under way.

Burton said construction will soon begin on a sports, aquatic and fitness center, which is scheduled to be up and running by the end of the year. He hopes to begin work on housing for athletes in training in September.

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