Stonebreaker to Receive the Milton E. Ahlerich Leadership Award at the 13th National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition

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Wednesday, 25/05/2022 – 14:16 | By: NCS4 staff

Jeff StonebreakerJeff Stonebreaker, CSSP, Senior Vice President of Safety and Security for Major League Soccer (MLS), will be presented with the Milton E. Ahlerich Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2022 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition June 28-30 in Orlando. . The event is held annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Milton E. Ahlerich Leadership Award recognizes professionals whose careers include a variety of achievements and contributions to the safety and security of sport. The service, commitment, ingenuity, and integrity of the recipient must elevate the profession to a new level to ensure this prestigious award. Recipients are selected by a panel of subject matter experts on behalf of NCS4 and is awarded annually at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

“I was very excited and honored to learn about this award. I certainly believe that the job is to connect people and create relationships that allow for effective communication,” Stonebreaker said. “I have been a long-time supporter of a risk-based, intelligence-driven model for event safety and security. Getting the right stakeholders to collaborate and listen to their voices is key to a solution-oriented approach. Event security and safety supports a variety of deliveries. , from broadcast and communications to marketing and guest experience, as well as brand and reputation management.

He continued, “The goal is to build teams and create a culture committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for players, officials, employees, and fans – from every segment of our community. While policies and processes are important, people are critical and deserve the best effort. good.In the end, I did my best to be the good stewardess that had been entrusted to me until the time came.

In her current role, Stonebreaker oversees safety standards and policy development for MLS as well as international matches, Support Group Management, the Football Safety Agency (Compliance) program, and Integrity initiatives. He has also been involved in venue design standards and has worked with several new venues as MLS continues to grow.

After serving 31 years in law enforcement, Stonebreaker retired as Mayor of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida. Stonebreaker worked as a Security Adviser at the English Football Association for ten years with over 50 matches in 22 countries, including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. He also served in the Florida Army National Guard for ten years in the Infantry Scout unit.

“Jeff is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award, for his experience, industry contribution, and passion for ensuring a safe and secure place for sports and entertainment visitors,” said Drs. Stacey A. Hall, NCS.4 Executive Director and Professor of Sports Management. “He believes in collaboration and using the expertise of the private sector, government, and academia.”

Hall continued, “Jeff has long been an NCS supporter4. Since the Center’s inception, she has served in a number of roles, including FEMA-approved coach, member of several advisory boards, and leader and advocate for professional development programs. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Commission for Certified Sports Safety Professionals (CSSP). Jeff is a respected professional in the industry, and his colleagues appreciate his assistance and insight into innovative practices and technologies to address emerging risks and threats.

Stonebreaker serves as chairman of the DHS Commercial Facilities Sector Sports League Sub -Sector Board, which connects major sports leagues and major sporting events. The collaboration and collective knowledge of the group is absolutely invaluable as everyone continues to adapt to the new normal in the post-pandemic landscape. He was also instrumental in creating a reporting hotline for MLS. Work around the formal Gambling Policy led to the need for Anonymous Reporting, which expanded to include a spectrum of potential problems, not just gambling. This has evolved into an effective reporting, case management, and follow -up process that will allow all voices to be heard and issues addressed.

Stonebreaker is a strong supporter of a risk -based approach, which is driven by intelligence and places a strong emphasis on education and prevention about enforcement. He believes security is an important part of game-day operations and should improve the overall guest experience.

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About the 13th Annual Conference:

The National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate June 28-30 in Orlando. The conference will attract more than 450 attendees and 70 exhibitors representing professional sports, intercollegiate athletics, intersolastic athletics, marathons and endurance events, sports and entertainment facilities, and who provide safety and security products and services to the industry. For more information, visit

About NCS4:

Founded in 2006, the National Center for Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) is the only academic center in the country dedicated to the study and practice of sports safety and security. NCS4 partly covered by grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NCS4 the mission focuses on three main pillars – Training and Education, Research, and Outreach. For more information on NCS4call 601.266.6183 or go to