The Chattanooga Football Club announced that its Vice Chairman Sheldon Grizzle will serve as interim general manager after Sean McDaniel’s resignation.

Grizzle is a co-founder of the club and played with the team in its inaugural season.

He has been “deeply involved” in building Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial community in addition to serving on the boards of the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Visitors Bureau, Enterprise Center and The Company Lab. Sheldon will now help guide the club he helped establish into its next chapter, according to a news release.

“Chattanooga FC has been homegrown from day one and we are committed to keeping it that way,” Grizzle said in a prepared statement. “In concert with our supporters and community stakeholders, against all odds, we have a created something truly unique in Chattanooga. Professional and amateur soccer team ownership groups from around the country continue to look at Chattanooga as an inspiration for what can happen when something is created from the ground up.”


In addition to Grizzle’s new leadership role, Tim Kelly remains the Chairman and will share oversight of operations with executive committee members Paul Rustand, Thomas Clark, and Sheldon Grizzle. Krue Brock, Daryl Heald, and Marshall Brock round out the board, according to a news release.

“In light of recent circumstances, it’s important to reiterate that Chattanooga FC was built and not bought,” Kelly said. “Our club was founded by Chattanoogans for Chattanoogans and, after 10 years, we are dedicated to growing Chattanooga FC.”