Board of Directors

US Club Soccer’s 11-member Board of Directors consists of a chairman, two representatives from each of the four regions and two at-large members:

  • East Region / Region I
  • Midwest Region / Region II
  • South Region / Region III
  • West Region / Region IV
  • At-large members

Board Directors are elected by a popular vote of competitive member clubs in good standing in each region. Each member club has one vote for each Board of Directors seat vacancy in its region. At-large members are elected by the US Club Soccer Board of Directors.

The current Board of Directors is as follows:

CHAIRMAN: Phil Wright*

  • Former President and Director of Coaching, San Juan Soccer Club (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Coach of San Juan SC’s 14-U Academy team
  • Received Letter of Commendation at 2017 NSCAA Convention
  • NSCAA National Youth Coach of the Year (competitive boys category) in 1997
  • Practicing attorney and Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services with the City of West Sacramento
  • Played collegiately for Stanford University, where he is tied for sixth in Stanford men’s soccer history for most goals scored in a game, after recording a hat trick against Fresno Pacific on Oct. 17, 1975
  • Played professionally for the old North American Soccer League’s Portland Timbers
  • Coached Stanford and Santa Clara for a pair of five-year coaching stints, in which he started both women’s soccer programs
  • U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License

EAST REGION / Region I: Mike Cullina*

EAST REGION / Region I: Jason Dewhurst

  • Director of Coaching for FC Stars of Massachusetts over the past 15 years
  • English FA Coaching Certificate
  • Board member of the Elite Clubs National League
  • U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License

MIDWEST REGION / Region II: Tim Lesiak

  • Executive Director of Coaching for the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy
  • Head coach of the U-16 Ohio Elite SA girls’ team that captured the 2002 National Cup I championship
  • Before starting Ohio Elite SA, Lesiak spent eight years as the Director of Coaching for the Cardinal Soccer Club
  • All-Mid East Region twice at University of Cincinnati
  • Played professionally with the Cincinnati Cheetahs in the USISL
  • US Club Soccer board member since 2006
  • U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License

MIDWEST REGION / Region II: Mike Sweeney*

  • President and Director of Cleveland Whitecaps SC, founding the club in 1996
  • Professional playing career from 1979-1994
  • Has over 100 caps for the Canadian National Team, including appearances in the 1984 Olympics and 1986 World Cup Finals
  • FIFA-licensed coach

SOUTH REGION / Region III: Gary Buete

  • CEO of North Carolina FC Youth (formerly Capital Area Soccer League)
  • Former Executive Director of Baton Rouge Soccer Club
  • Former volunteer assistant goalkeeper coach for two seasons at LSU
  • Eighteen 18 years experience coaching boys and girls club teams at the top level in Alabama and Louisiana
  • U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License

SOUTH REGION / Region III: K.C. Crabb

  • Director of Lonestar Juniors Program
  • More than 20 years of club coaching experience at Sting SC, Dallas Texans SC and Lonestar SC
  • Ten years of collegiate coaching experience at Richland College, University of Illinois and Purdue University
  • U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License and USSF ‘National Youth’ License

WEST REGION / Region IV: Eddie Henderson

  • Technical Director of ISC Gunners FC
  • Scout for U.S. Soccer Federation and staff coach for id2 Program
  • Twenty years of coaching experience, including Puget Sound Premier League Technical Director, Heat FC Technical Director, ECNL scout, Neusport FC Director of Coaching, Nevada State Director of Coaching and Kansas State Director of Coaching
  • Professional playing experience in the NPSL, APSL and MSL from 1988-99
  • Appeared on the 17-U, 18-U and 20-U U.S. Soccer youth national teams, including the 1987 20-U World Cup
  • Played collegiately for the University of Washington
  • U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License

WEST REGION / Region IV: Shawn Blakeman

  • Residing Technical Director of Sacramento United (Calif.) since 2003.
  • Former IMG Academy Staff Coach
  • Former Director of Coaching of the El Dorado United Soccer Club (Shingle Springs, Calif.)
  • Began an 11-year professional soccer career at 17 with the San Jose Earthquakes, followed by a four-year stint in the German Oberliga. Continued to play professionally in the U.S. until 1999.
  • One of the founding and current Executive Board Members of the NorCal Premier Soccer League
  • US Club Soccer board member since 2006
  • U.S. Soccer Federation National ‘A’ License

At-large member: John Rennie

  • Co-founded the Triangle Soccer Academy in 1998, which merged a year later into the Triangle Futbol Club
  • Legendary 29-year head men’s soccer coach at Duke University, where he led the Blue Devils to five College Cups and the 1986 NCAA Division I national championship.
  • Former member of the U.S. Soccer Federation national coaching staff
  • Organized and was the first chairman of the NCAA Division I Soccer Coaches Committee

At-large member: Shannon Higgins-Cirovski

  • Director of Coaching of Bethesda SC
  • Head coach of University of Maryland women’s soccer program for five years
  • Former USWNT midfielder, who earned 51 caps from 1987-91
  • Represented the U.S. during the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and assisted on both goals in the 2-1 championship game
  • Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Played collegiate soccer for the University of North Carolina from 1986-89; inducted into UNC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Head coach of the George Washington University women’s soccer team from 1992-97
  • Head coach of the USWNT U-18 team in 1998

* = member of Executive Committee