DANIEL T. FLYNN
CEO / SECRETARY GENERAL
Dan Flynn learned about winning soccer championships as a product of the famed St. Louis, Mo., soccer scene, eventually becoming a collegiate standout at St. Louis University and helping to guide the Billikens to a 1973 NCAA soccer championship.
As U.S. Soccer’s CEO / Secretary General since June 15, 2000, Flynn has taken his lessons learned from the field and applied them administratively at the sports highest level to help spur the United States Soccer Federation’s growth into one of the most respected national governing bodies in the country. Through his tireless efforts, Flynn has been responsible for instilling the groundwork for U.S. Soccer’s success in the new millennium.
In his more than 14 years as the organization’s CEO, Flynn has overhauled U.S. Soccer’s business framework, leading to among other things the development and construction of U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., which opened in June 2003. With a renewed focus on National Team and player development, as well as facility development, more and more opportunities are arising for youth players of all ages, highlighted by the addition of a number of Youth National Team programs, an increase to 40 players at the U-17 Men’s National Team’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., and the creation of the Development Academy Program.
During the summer of 2003 Flynn served as the Chief Executive Officer of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, putting his strong business background to work in preparing the framework to help the Local Organizing Committee successfully stage the tournament. With attendance peaking above 350,000 despite just four months to organize the event, the tournament was the most financially profitable Women’s World Cup ever.
Flynn’s career path has included both sports marketing and management positions at Anheuser-Busch, as well as more than 19 years of experience within the sport of soccer at World Cup 1994, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
For two years, the 60-year-old Flynn 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 from 1994 to 1998 he managed the governing body’s day-to-day operations at the Federation headquarters in Chicago.
Flynn was a part of the amazing growth of Anheuser-Busch, where he served in numerous capacities both domestically and internationally. He was also directly involved in Anheuser-Busch’s sponsorship of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which served as the springboard for their future involvement in the sport on a long-term basis.
A graduate from St. Louis University, Flynn was a star defender at SLU from 1973 to 1977, helping the Billikens to an NCAA championship in 1973 and to a runner-up finish in 1974. Born Jan. 20, 1955, in St. Louis, Mo., he is married to Cathy and the couple has three daughters (Lauren, Anneliese and Erin).