Lynn Berling-Manuel is stepping down as United Soccer Coaches CEO at the end of the year

Lynn Berling-Manuel, the United Soccer Coaches CEO since 2015, will be stepping down at the end of her contract on Dec. 31.

Berling-Manuel, the organization's first female CEO, replaced Joe Cummings as the head of the Kansas City-based coaches organization. The search for Berling-Manuel’s successor will begin in May.

“It is my honor to serve as CEO of our association, and this is a positive time for the Association and for me to make this announcement and begin to implement transition plans,” said Berling-Manuel in a statement. “This gives United Soccer Coaches 10 months to select my successor, plan for the 2022 annual convention In Kansas City, and, hopefully, see the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic ease.”

During her tenure, Berling-Manuel oversaw the rebranding of the association from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America to United Soccer Coaches to better tell its story as the advocate and partner for soccer coaches and she was responsible for a new membership model with new digital content and resources as part of the membership benefits coaches receive.

United Soccer Coaches held its first convention on the West Coast since 1994 with the 2017 convention in Los Angeles and held its first digital convention in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on travel and large gatherings.

“Lynn’s leadership has guided our Association through a variety of milestones and challenges,” said Dr. Missy Price, the president of the board of directors. “We have evolved under her stewardship and I’m grateful to have served on the Board of Directors during Lynn’s tenure as CEO. Lynn’s business acumen coupled with her devotion to the Association will be missed."

Berling-Manuel was the publisher and CEO of  Soccer America for more than 20 years and served as AYSO's chief marketing officer for seven years before joining United Soccer Coaches. The longtime East Bay resident was also the president of the West Berkeley Foundation, a city development fund in Berkeley, California.

7 comments about "Lynn Berling-Manuel is stepping down as United Soccer Coaches CEO at the end of the year".
  1. Dan Woog, April 9, 2021 at 6:26 a.m.

    Good for Lynn -- and sad for anyone connected with American soccer. She has been a driving force behind United Soccer Coaches' many important moves over the past several years. She is smart, passionate and powerful. She plays the long game, and plays it well. She understands that the strength of our game is in our diversity, and she has reached out to every level, and every coach.

    For years before her current role, she served soccer in other ways. She is a pioneer, an innovator, and a friend to many. Thank you, Lynn, for your service, your contributions, and your friendship.

  2. cony konstin, April 9, 2021 at 8:41 a.m.

    Lynn you are the best. SOCCER AMERICA FOREVER! 

  3. Toby Rappolt, April 9, 2021 at 10:27 a.m.

    A leader with three hugely influencial American soccer organizations. Soccer America, the AYSO, and USC/NCAA.

    I'm guessing that there aren't many if any woman in other countries that can make that sort of claim. Lynn blazed the trail for other woman to model and follow.   

    Thank you for you're many years of service, Lynn.

    You are an amazing person!!

  4. Richard Beal, April 9, 2021 at 10:35 a.m.

    We will miss you, Lynn.

  5. Kevin Sims, April 9, 2021 at 2:55 p.m.

    Lynn's contributions to the beautiful game have come in several capacities over several decades. It has been my pleasure to know her for much of that time, to serve with her for many years in the Board room, and to work with her closely as President, during which time United Soccer Coaches expertly navigated through the pandemic. Bravo, Lynn!!! Thank you.

  6. James Madison, April 9, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

    Dear Lynn:  I have followed your bright shining light from SA to AYSO to NCCA/USC.  What next?

  7. mac lackey, April 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

    Lynn has been a leader and icon in American soccer. A bright light in the game. Thank you Lynn for all that you have done!!

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