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AYSO Hires New National Executive Director

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National President Mark Stewart has announced Ian McMahon as AYSO’s new National Executive Director.

Most recently, Ian served as CEO of Hong Kong Sevens/Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU), the National Governing Body of Hong Kong rugby. The Hong Kong Sevens is the largest tournament of its kind in the world.

Prior to embracing the challenge of working in rugby, Ian spent more than 20 years as a successful CEO, president and general manager of various soccer organizations in Europe and the U.S., each of which he led to record growth.

Scott Gimple has also accepted the offer to run the day-to-day business operations of AYSO as Deputy Executive Director effective immediately. Scott has served as AYSO’s Director of Player Development and Events, but the new role takes advantage of his MBA in finance and an operational management background in the entertainment industry having worked for both NBC/Universal and DreamWorks before joining AYSO. He has been with AYSO’s National Office for seven years.

“Ian and Scott will be a strong leadership team as AYSO moves forward,” said President Stewart in making the announcement.

Tony Veronico, who is a member of the NBOD and a retired non-profit executive who has served as the interim National Executive Director, will be stepping away shortly from that role, and Scott will be assuming the day-to-day duties of the operations of the National Office in addition to his current roles until Ian joins AYSO officially Oct. 6.

Ian’s background in soccer and business leadership is extensive. He’s a native of the Manchester area of England and was scouted as a schoolboy soccer player, starting his career with Manchester City’s youth team.  Ultimately he played professionally for his hometown club of Oldham Athletic and then transferred to Rochdale FC where he played over 100 games by the age of 21 and captained the team.  

A knee injury ended his playing career and upon his retirement he moved into sports administration and coaching, where at the age of 26 he became the youngest general manager/chief executive of a professional sports team.

He has had more than 20 years as a successful CEO, president and general manager in Europe and the U.S. He was recruited to come to America in 2001 as CEO of the Des Moines Menace of the United Soccer League (USL) and helped establish the Menace Academy, a youth program based on the successful youth models of Europe.

He then founded the Edge Youth Soccer Club in Holland, Mich. where he reached an agreement with the Chicago Fire of the MLS to be their youth program in the west Michigan area. He has also coached extensively at all levels in the USA.


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