Darin Van Tassell is the Statesboro USL League One and League Two franchise President. Darin H. Van Tassell and his wife, Netra Van Tassell, are the owners of The Clubhouse, the 64-acreentertainment complex located in Statesboro, GA. From 1989-2012, Van Tassell was active in the International Baseball Federation and conducted baseball clinics and coached in over forty countries. He served as the Competition Director for the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing. He served as Technical Commissioner for 2009 Baseball World Classic in Los Angeles and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, the same position he occupied at the 30th Intercontinental Cup in Taiwan in 2006 and at the XXXV World Cup in Havana, Cuba in 2003. In September 2007, he served as the Tournament Director for the European Championships and Olympic Qualifier, held in Barcelona, Spain. In 1996 he became the youngest head coach in Olympic history, when he served as Head Coach for the Nicaraguan Olympic Baseball Team at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, leading the team to the Bronze Medal game against the USA. From 1994-1999, he was the Assistant Baseball coach at Georgia Southern, where he played for the Eagles from 1985-1989. He was inducted into the Georgia Southern Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He received the University’s prestigious “Award for Excellence in Service” in 2015.
He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and was awarded his B.A. from Georgia Southern in 1989. He recently retired from a faculty position in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Georgia Southern University, where he was named the 2006 Professor of the Year at his alma mater.
Van Tassell currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau and was the former President of the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County. He also serves as President of the Savannah-Hilton Head Youth Soccer Alliance. Van Tassell was named the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce. He and Netra live in Statesboro and have two sons, Whitt (21) and Payne (18).