FIRST GENERAL MANAGER Women's Pro Team Hires McDermott
CHICAGO – Marcia McDermott has been hired as the first general manager of Chicago’s new professional women’s soccer team.
McDermott, who served as the first coach of the WUSA’s Carolina Courage and started the women’s soccer program at Northwestern University as its first head coach in 1994 will be involved in another women’s soccer start up with the 2009 launch of Chicago’s first professional women’s soccer team.
In Carolina, the Courage captured the WUSA regular season and post-season (Founders Cup II) championships in her second season (2002). McDermott moved to the front office the following season and served as the team’s assistant general manager and director of ticket sales.
At Northwestern, McDermott launched the women’s soccer program in 1994 and led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament in 1996 and 1998 when she was also honored as the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year.
“We are very fortunate to have Marcia join our organization,” club President and CEO Peter Wilt said. “She is knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about this opportunity. Marcia is a proven champion and I look forward to working with her to make Chicago the champions of the new professional women’s soccer league.”
“I am excited to be returning to Chicago and to professional women’s soccer. This league is a critical piece in the development of our sport and I am particularly thrilled to be working for such an ambitious and impressive organization. I look forward to working hard to help create an entertaining and successful professional soccer franchise,” McDermott said.
As a player, McDermott captured three NCAA titles at the University of North Carolina including 1986 when she was named an NCAA All-American and served as a team captain. She wore the United States National Team colors seven times and has the fifth best strike rate among US players with seven or more caps. McDermott scored goals in 57.1% of her US appearances. Only Abby Wambach (82%), April Heinrichs (79%), Michelle Akers (69%) and Mia Hamm (57.4%) have scored at a higher clip.
Legendary University of North Carolina Head Coach Anson Dorrance spoke highly of his former team captain. “I have had the rare opportunity to coach an extraordinary collection of women in three decades of collegiate coaching in Chapel Hill. One of the most remarkable of these very talented women is Marcia McDermott,” Dorrance said. “She undoubtedly will be a driving force in shaping the Chicago team to be the premier professional women's soccer organization in the world.”
Most recently, McDermott has served as the Associate Head Coach of the University of Illinois’ women’s soccer team where she helped the Illini to NCAA bids each of the last two seasons. She has also worked as a consultant for Chicago based Inteflex, a firm that specializes in sales force effectiveness in the specialty pharmaceutical industry.
In addition to overseeing the hiring of the team’s head coach, McDermott will work with Wilt to assemble and lead the franchise’s front office staff.
“Marcia has terrific experience in sales leadership as well as soccer leadership,” Wilt said. “I could not have asked for a better person to join me in our efforts to make this franchise the premier women’s professional soccer organization in the world.”
McDermott currently serves as a Vice President on the Executive Committee of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and will be the President of that organization in 2010. She has also served on the board of non-profit Chicago SCORES, which helps urban children by using writing, community service and soccer as tools to better their lives.
Chicago Professional Women’s Soccer became a charter member of the new women’s professional soccer league on September 4, 2007. Chicago, which has a unique partnership with the Illinois Women’s Soccer League, will be joined in the League by Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis and Washington. The league kicks off in Spring, 2009. The Chicago franchise will play its home games at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.