The City of Pleasantville’s new recreation director, Jordan Flaws, realized early on that cubicles were “not (his) thing,” and chose to pursue a career that includes his athletic roots.
Flaws officially took over the position a few weeks ago. He filled in for nearly a month before the job before he was formally hired.
Originally from Carlisle, Flaws earned a sports management degree from Buena Vista University in 2010. His wife, Britney, and he chose to move somewhere closer to home. Britney, daughter of Jeff Cook, is originally from Pleasantville. She currently teaches first grade at Monroe Elementary.
Flaws was working as an enrollment advisor for the University of Phoenix in Des Moines. He does not miss that job, while he now spends his days setting up Little League and youth programs, establishing leagues for all age groups and prepares the City’s sports facilities for competition. Pleasantville’s baseball and softball programs include 175 children. There are approximately 80 adults involved in the town’s 12 volleyball teams.
An athlete himself, Flaws played five sports all four years in high school. He went on to run track and cross country in college.
Being involved in sports once again has brought him much joy. He enjoys working with people and the feeling of giving back to the community. Working with children is not new to him, either. Not a day has passed, since working for Pleasantville, in which he has not laughed.
“Every day is different,” Flaws said.
In the future, Flaws hopes to attract more events to town, including more tournaments. He wants to add additional adult leagues, and is already looking into sand volleyball and flag football. Flag football is also a youth program he is exploring, as well as soccer.
A primary goal he has set for himself is to create consistency in Pleasantville sports from the bottom up. Working with middle school and high school coaches, Flaws wants to ensure that the youth are being taught the fundamentals of the games that align with the way future coaches will want them to learn. Flaws believes Pleasantville can expect more stellar teams in the future.