A true trailblazer in the sports world, Khalia Collier is set to join St. Louis CITY SC as the MLS expansion club continues to prepare for its inaugural season in 2023.
In her new role as St. Louis CITY’s Vice President of Community Relations, Collier will continue to build on the team’s promise to be an exceptional club and neighbor by leading with intentional, inclusive and equitable actions for the entire community.
The St. Louis native has always had a passion for sports and her hometown. After playing basketball at Fort Zumwalt South High School and then Columbia College, she became the owner of the St. Louis Surge in 2011. For nearly a decade, she has been transforming the culture around the Surge – the first sustainable women’s professional basketball team in St. Louis – creating a team structure that builds community leaders and mentors.
In addition to being a relentless champion for the city of St. Louis, Collier and the Surge also won two national championships.
Taking a step back from her general manager duties, Collier will remain the owner of the Surge while taking on this new role with St. Louis CITY. Channeling her inherent passion for sports management and community development, she will push St. Louis CITY SC forward to redefine winning through community impact and outreach.
Collier is well-known for her philosophy: “Don’t just play the game. Change it.” And that’s exactly what her mission will be as she continues to build on the bond between the community and its new MLS team, uniting the region through the power of sports.
“A sense of community has been at the heart of everything our ownership group and team have done since day one,” explained Carolyn Kindle Betz, CEO of St. Louis CITY SC. “And I firmly believe there’s no one better than Khalia to take the reins and lead our community development.”
We can’t wait to see the impact that Khalia makes in our community.