Tulsa Roughnecks FC Introduces Barry Williams as President
CEO of The Evolutions Group joins club ownership, will lead new, exciting changes
TULSA, Okla.– Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced today the addition of influential local businessman Barry Williams to the club’s ownership group, and the appointment of Williams as the club’s President, a move that heralds an exciting new era for the USL Championship club.
Mike Melega introduced Williams, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Tulsa-based business The Evolutions Group. Williams will oversee a new soccer-exclusive staff at the club which will include personnel dedicated to marketing, community relations and ticket and sponsorship sales for the Roughnecks.
“Soccer is a sport that the city of Tulsa, the Roughnecks ownership group, and my family care very deeply about,” said Williams. “Recently, the Roughnecks’ results on and off the field have not been in line with hopes and expectations. As such, we believe there is a need to build a new and experienced soccer-specific staff that is separate from the Tulsa Drillers. We strongly feel this new direction will result in more wins on the field and will significantly improve the culture of this team off the field, as well as within the Tulsa community.”
Wayne Farmer, a Welsh-native Oral Roberts graduate, has been named the new General Manager for the team. Farmer served as the general manager for Fortuna Tulsa during the team’s inaugural 2018 season.
Announcements regarding appointments of a new Head Coach and signings for the club will be made in the coming weeks.
“We have exciting plans to connect the organization with the Tulsa community,” said Farmer, “In order to gain the respect of Tulsans who love soccer, we need to sincerely show that we are here to support the city and the entire soccer community.”
“These changes and additions will provide a strong base for the future of professional soccer in our city. We are excited about what the Roughnecks can accomplish as we enter 2019,” added Melega, who will continue to be involved in the organization.
In the spirit of the change, the Roughnecks have announced a completely different seating design for the upcoming, 2019 season with lower pre-season ticket pricing. To see the seating plan in full, fans can visit www.roughnecksfc.com/tickets. Season tickets for 2019 can be purchased by calling 918-297-6808.
In addition, current season ticket and suite holders will be contacted shortly to learn more about the exciting vision for soccer in Tulsa for 2019 and beyond.
About Tulsa Roughnecks
The Tulsa Roughnecks F.C. was reborn in 2015 when the professional soccer club began play in the United Soccer League (USL). The Roughnecks play in the USL Championship, one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world. The 2017 season marked the Roughnecks most successful campaign, as the team earned its first-ever playoff appearance. For more information on Tulsa Roughnecks F.C. and ONEOK Field, please visit RoughnecksFC.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.