Micklos, who had previously served as Associate Athletic Director at High Point University, became U.S. Soccer's Development Academy Director in late 2014. He helped oversee the expansion of the Boys DA and the launch of the Girls DA in 2017. He became Youth National Teams Director, for both genders, late in 2018. That position had been previously held by Jim Moorhouse, who is now the Director of Extended National Team Administration. Micklos continued to oversee the Development Academy, and most recently led the implementation of a two-tiered format for the Boys DA's U-18/19, which was announced last Wednesday.
The Boys DA launched in 2007, with two age groups -- U-15/16 and U-17/18, which after the switch to birth-year registration in 2017 became U-16/17 and U-18/19. The Boys DA added U-13/14 in 2013 and after Micklos' arrival, added U-12, split the U-13/14 age group into single U-13 and U-14 leagues and added U-15s. It eliminated the U-12s for this season. Between 2014 and the 2018-19 season, the Boys DA expanded from 101 to 178 clubs.
Dutchman Aloys Wijnker moved from U.S. Soccer Coach Educator to Director of the Boys' DA in March 2017, but was not replaced when he returned to the Netherlands in November 2018. (Miriam Hickey has been the Director of the Girls' DA since February of 2017).
According to U.S. Soccer's Organizational Chart, DA and YNT directors come under the supervision of Chief Sport Development Officer Nico Romeijn and Chief Soccer Officer Asher Mendelsohn.
In addition to the new Youth National Teams Director opening, vacancies include 10 boys and girls youth national team head coaching positions, Women's Technical Director, Women’s National Team General Manager, Women's National Coach.