Brownwood native Roland Soto has been hired as the first sports coordinator for Brownwood, a job jointly funded by the City of Brownwood, the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce and the Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD).

BMDD Executive Director Guy Andrews announced Soto’s hiring, effective Jan. 3, in an email to the Bulletin, saying Soto was selected from 26 applicants.

Andrews explained the job:

Soto will report to Andrews and will recruit sports events and tournaments to Brownwood, using sports facilities including:

• Bert V Massey II Sports Complex, the Brownwood Soccer Complex.

•Brownwood Coliseum.

• Gordon Wood Stadium.

• Pecan Bayou Paddling Trail.

• Bennie Houston Recreation Center.

• Camp Bowie Recreation Center.

• Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center.

• Skateboard park.

• Disc golf course.

Soto will coordinate sporting events and tournaments with organizations including the City Parks and Recreation Department, Brownwood Chamber of Commerce and local and external sports organizations, Andrews said.

Soto, a 996 graduate of Brownwood High School, lives in Brownwood with his wife, Esmeralda, and three daughters, Madeline, Marian, and Emma.   

Growing up in Brownwood, Soto was active in several sports programs and attributes much of his love for sports to great childhood experiences he had here.

Soto left Brownwood in 2002 in pursuit of a career in hospitality and golf resort management.  Soto graduated from the Golf Academy of Arizona.

Returning to Texas in 2004, Soto assisted in the openings of the Marriot Horseshoe Bay Resort and Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Bastrop. While working for Hyatt Resorts, he booked and coordinated more than 450 golf events from 2006 to 2012 before being promoted to hotel group sales manager.

The family moved back to Brownwood in 2012, Soto and his wife are pastors of student ministry at Abundant Life Church.

Soto has worked at Sysco Food Corporation as a Marketing Associate since returning to Brownwood.  

“To say I am excited about starting this role, would be a tremendous understatement,” Soto said. “One of the things we emphasize to our youth groups is the importance of making a difference and being of service to your community. I am looking forward to utilizing my past experiences to serve my community.”