U.S. Soccer Names Dan Flynn as New Secretary General
CHICAGO (Friday, June 16, 2000) - U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia announced today that Dan Flynn has been named the United States Soccer Federation's new Secretary General. Flynn brings a strong business background to U.S. Soccer, including both sports marketing and management positions at Anheuser-Busch, as well as more than 10 years of experience within the sport of soccer at World Cup 1994, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
For the last two years, Flynn has served as Executive Director of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, where he was responsible for the organization's overall management. Prior to joining the Foundation, he played key roles at both World Cup 1994, serving as the Venue Director in Chicago, and at U.S. Soccer, where he helped to develop the organization and guide the Federation's growth and prosperity in the late 1990s.
"After an exhaustive and far-reaching search with a group of outstanding candidates, it became clear to everyone on our search committee that Dan was the best candidate to move U.S. Soccer forward into the new millennium," said Dr. Contiguglia. "From his experience in the business world with Anheuser-Busch to the incredible passion he has displayed in his many contributions to the sport of soccer, Dan brings unrivaled skills to our organization.
"I would like to personally thank Cathy Griffin of Korn/Ferry International for heading up our comprehensive search, and helping to ensure that this detailed process moved along efficiently."
Griffin, who heads up Korn/Ferry's Global Sports and Entertainment practice, headed up the search for U.S. Soccer. U.S. Soccer's search committee included Contiguglia, immediate past presidents Alan I. Rothenberg and Werner Fricker, Nike President Tom Clarke and Athlete Representative Mary Harvey.
Flynn has played an integral role in the development of soccer in the United States, including the initiation of high-profile partnerships with both Nike and IMG at the Federation, as well as, the development of several new programs to increase revenue at the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Flynn's career was launched at Anheuser-Busch, where he served in a variety of capacities both domestically and internationally. At Anheuser-Busch, Flynn helped develop strategic plans for expansion into a number of countries outside the U.S. as well as assisting in the start-up of the organization's Sports Marketing Group. Flynn helped to initiate the company's wide-ranging involvement in the sports industry, including the support of soccer, auto racing and boxing.
"The opportunity to continue the growth of our sport and to continue to build upon the strong infrastructure within U.S. Soccer, is something I am looking forward to," said Flynn. "While the 1990s was a period of fantastic growth for the sport in our country, we feel there is room for continued growth and it will be important to utilize our stengths as an organization to position ourselves within the American sports landscape."
DANIEL T. FLYNN
Secretary General - U.S. Soccer
On June 15, 2000 U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia named Daniel T. Flynn U.S. Soccer's new Secretary General.
Flynn brings a strong business background to U.S. Soccer, including both sports marketing and management positions at Anheuser-Busch, as well as more than 10 years of experience within the sport of soccer at World Cup 1994, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
For the last two years, the 45-year-old Flynn has served as Executive Director of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, where he was responsible for the organization's overall management. Prior to joining the Foundation, he played key roles at both World Cup 1994, serving as the Venue Director in Chicago, and at U.S. Soccer, where he helped to develop the organization and guide the Federation's growth and prosperity in the late 1990s.
At the Foundation, Flynn helped the organization serve a large and diverse constituent base throughout the soccer community, seeking new sources of funding to meet the growing needs of the sport at all levels. To meet those needs Flynn was responsible for the development and execution of the Foundation's strategic business plan, which expanded the services of the organization at the grassroots level and created several new programs. The U.S. Soccer Foundation Resource Center was one of those programs, helping the Foundation realize significant new levels of funding, while increasing the overall awareness of the organization throughout the soccer community.
While interfacing with a wide range of soccer organizations throughout the sport, including the sponsor community and the soccer apparel manufacturers, Flynn also helped champion grassroots urban programs like AMERICA SCORES, and the restoration of New York City's historic Metropolitan Oval. His work behind the scenes in creating strong government relations initiatives have helped address the legislative needs of the soccer community, resulting in additional funding from a variety of sources, including the corporate, government and philanthropic communities.
In four years with the U.S. Soccer Federation from 1994 to 1998, Flynn managed the day-to-day operations at the Federation headquarters in Chicago, overseeing marketing, communications, finance, legal, merchandising, and the promotion and operation of all National Team games. During that time he served first as Chief Administrative Officer and then Chief Operating Officer, managing the growth of the overall budget from $9 million to more than $20 million. He was also instrumental in the strategic development of Project 2010 and U.S. Soccer's partnership with Nike and IMG.
Flynn was responsible for the further development of U.S. Soccer commercial properties like the U.S. Cup, the U.S. Women's Cup and various "Road to ..." and "Victory" tours, which not only maximized revenue for the Federation but helped provide the necessary technical requirements for the National Teams continued growth.
At the Federation, Flynn also worked closely with U.S. Soccer's many state associations in and around U.S. National Team games, implementing programs locally to assist with the promotion and sale of tickets, resulting in increased revenues to the state organizations.
During the immensely successful 1994 World Cup in the U.S., Flynn served as Venue Executive Director of the Chicago venue, which hosted the tournament's opening ceremonies.
Prior to his time with the World Cup Organizing Committee, Flynn was a part of the amazing growth of Anheuser-Busch, where he served in numerous capacities both domestically and internationally. During this time, Flynn was responsible for the development and distribution of Anheuser-Busch brands outside the continental U.S., as well playing an instrumental role in developing strategic plans for the expanded distribution of the Budweiser brand in both Europe and Asia. He was also directly involved in Anheuser-Busch's sponsorship of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which served as the springboard for Anheuser-Busch's future sponsorship involvement in the sport on a long-term basis. Flynn assisted in the start-up of the organization's Sports Marketing Group and helped to initiate the company's wide-ranging involvement in the sports industry, including the support of soccer, auto racing and boxing.
PERSONAL: Graduated from St. Louis University with a BS in Finance in 1978 ... Was a standout player at SLU from 1973 to 1977, helping the Billikens to an NCAA championship in 1973 and to a runner-up finish in 1974 ... Received accolades from "Advertising Age" magazine during his time at Anheuser-Busch, being honored as one of the "best and brightest" young marketers in the U.S. ... Was a former board member of the Worldwide USO ... Is a member of the St. Louis University Hall of Fame ... Born January 20, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri.