Front Office

Michael Balluff : Co-Owner/President

Michael Balluff


Michael Balluff has been playing soccer since he was five and considers the game as a passion. He has an MBA in finance from Tulane University and is currently working on a masters degree in environmental management and sustainability from Harvard University.  He owns two telecommunication companies: The Phone Guy and AffecTel.  Balluff is a serial entrepreneur and has owned and operated a myriad of businesses including minor league soccer teams, indoor soccer facilities, real estate investments, and even a flight school.  His role will be working with sponsors and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Otters.

Additional Contact Information:

  • Sponsorships / Partners - (423) 930-9500 ext 104
E-mail: Telephone: (423) 930-9500 ext 101
Elizabeth Balluff : Co-Owner/Operations Manager

Elizabeth Balluff

Co-Owner/Operations Manager

Elizabeth Balluff is a Tri-City native and a graduate of East Tennessee State University. She relocated to Savannah, Ga. for over decade before returning to east Tennessee. She quickly became a fan of soccer when she married Michael Balluff. Elizabeth now runs Johnson City Indoor Soccer as well as assisting Michael with State of Franklin Adult Athletics (SOFA). Her role as owner/operations manager with Tri-Cities FC will be logistics and general operations.

Additional Contact Information:

  • Merchandise / Ticket and Group Sales - (423) 930-9500 ext 102
E-mail: Telephone: (423) 930-9500 ext 102
Lucas Christiansen : General Manager

Lucas Christiansen

General Manager

Lucas Christiansen began working as an intern for the Tri-Cities Otters during the 2016 season.

He will graduate from ETSU with a B.S. in Sport Management this coming spring and will then pursue a master’s degree in Sport Management at ETSU in the fall.

During his time at ETSU, Christiansen has gained extensive experience working for the athletic department, primarily in football and basketball.

For the Otters, Christiansen has been responsible for game day operations and player scouting.


E-mail: Telephone: (360) 632-3832