The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has named Lynn Berling-Manuel
as its new chief executive officer. She comes to the NSCAA as the first
female to lead the organization in its 75-year history after nearly eight years as chief marketing officer at AYSO. Before that, she was for 17 years the CEO and publisher of Soccer America.
“The NSCAA is the coach education expert in American
soccer,” said Berling-Manuel, who succeeds Joe Cummings
, who is leaving the position after six years. “It continues to help transform our game to
the level we all want and expect it to be. I’m excited to be a part of that mission and to help lead this association of soccer coaches to even greater success."
assumes the role of CEO July 1, has been an at-large member of the NSCAA Board of Directors since 2006.
"It's an exciting time for us to have Lynn Berling-Manuel guide us into this new
era of the Association,” NSCAA President Mike Jacobs
said. “Her experiences in the industry as an executive with Soccer America and AYSO, coupled
with her long-standing leadership role within the NSCAA, make her a natural fit as our CEO."
She is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Diversity Committee. Berling-Manuel’s other
volunteer experience includes serving as president of the West Berkeley Foundation Board of Directors (2002-07) and being a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Board of Directors
A fantastic choice. Lynn has it all -- she is smart, savvy, passionate, energetic, and fun. After the stench of FIFA, this is wonderful news indeed.
A HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO MY DEAR AMIGA AND COLLEAGUE! As some of you might know, I've known the Berling family since the early '70s and when came out with a very fledgling and "home-town" - then totally unheard of - soccer journal "Soccer West" and for which I was "allowed" to be a contributor. So it can be said that I've known Lynn since she was "knee high to a grasshopper," as well as her Dad Clay, the original owner-publisher and also good friend. Lastly as a long-time member of the NSCAA, I am more than certain that she will do a bang-up job in leading our organization, so BUENISIMA SUERTE, MI AMIGA, IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVORS WITH THE NSCAA!!!
Congratulations, Lynn. Best wishes and best of luck.