Don Dukemineer Leads Foley, Alabama’s Sports Tourism Efforts

By Matt Swenson, December 6, 2018

Don Dukemineer is the new Don of Foley, Alabama’s sports tourism efforts. While you can be sure to expect hits, that’s where the similarities to “The Godfather” end.

Dukemineer became the city’s deputy director of sports tourism in February. But he is no stranger to Alabama or the beach community. Dukemineer most recently was convention sales manager at the Huntsville/Madison County CVB for 12 years—promoting the region he grew up in—and is now in his 10th year as chairman of Sports Alabama, an organization Foley not coincidentally became a part of this year.

“There’s a great team down here,” Dukemineer says. “Hopefully I can come in and bring my touch to it.”

Dukemineer’s addition is part of a restructuring that began once Don Staley, the former University of Alabama soccer coach who oversaw the completion of Foley Sports Tourism Complex, left to become president and CEO of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. Dukemineer leads the sales and marketing effort. David Thompson is the director of recreation and sports tourism at Foley.

While Foley Sports Tourism Complex is Dukemineer’s main focus, it is not his sole jurisdiction. Dukemineer will work with local officials to use other sites, including Glenlakes Golf Club, which hosted the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men’s Golf Championship in May.

Foley’s change in organizational structure following Staley’s departure represents how far the destination has come. Dukemineer, for his part, has vacationed in and around Foley for years. It is 9 miles from the beach, as well as the communities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores that he hopes to partner with on large tournaments.

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