GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Following a few months of heated debate, a hometown product has been named the new Geneva Recreation Director.

The City of Two Rivers has a few thousand boys and girls participate in a host of sports each year.

Landon Adams looks over the soon-to-be-completed multi-million dollar soccer complex at Geneva’s C.D. Chapman Park.

Adams was recently named the city’s new recreation park director. The Geneva High and Huntingdon College graduate spent his youth playing sports in the recreation league.

In high school, he helped form the Panther Sports Network, play-by-play coverage of Geneva sporting events on the internet.

“Sports has always been a big part of my life. I played baseball, basketball, and football growing up it’s a really big part of this city and community. Being able to come back to Geneva Parks and Recreation where I grew up is really special to me,” says Adams.

This fall, Adams says the recreation league will add soccer and volleyball to its list of activities. Adams succeeds Jay Stough who retired earlier this year after 30-plus years with the Geneva Recreation League.

Geneva Mayor David Hayes says the naming of a new recreation league director was very controversial, but the naming of a local product, a local boy made a lot of sense.

“He hit the ground running, we got a lot of new changes, good changes, we got kickoff on our new soccer complex on September 11th. I think he’s going to do well, we’re going to make sure he does well,” says Mayor Hayes.

“Online registration we got that going as well. That’s where people can go online and register and pay through the computer or phone and not have to come inside and register,” says Adams

After graduating college, Adams worked for parks and recreation in Enterprise. He feels that gave him a solid foundation in his new role.