RICHMOND, VA (February 19, 2019) – The Boys ECNL is pleased to announce Jason Kutney as the new Boys ECNL Commissioner.
Kutney has been the Sporting Director of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer club since 2014, and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Riverhounds since 2006. Among his many tasks at the club over the past 13 years, Kutney was responsible for founding and leading the Riverhounds Development Academy youth program (currently a Boys ECNL and Girls ECNL member club), and playing a key role in the development of Highmark Stadium, the club’s downtown soccer-specific stadium which FourFourTwo Magazine named among its “Seven Hidden Gem Soccer Stadiums in the US.”
Kutney had a 9-year professional playing career in the A-League and the USL, and was a captain and NSCAA and CoSida All American for multiple years in college at Duquesne University where he was honored as the 2003-2004 Male Athlete of the Year. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Finance and Investment Management, and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 for his involvement in the Highmark Stadium project, and USL Executive of the Year in the same year for his efforts within the Riverhounds organization.
“The growth and success of the ECNL over the last several years, amidst uncertainty and constant change in the landscape of youth soccer, proves that when leaders come together and work together to pursue a common goal, an unshakeable force is created,” said Kutney. “In Pittsburgh, our growth and success has been the result of amazing, resilient individuals working as a team. In joining the Boys ECNL, I look forward to working relentlessly alongside league and club leaders to pursue the goal of being the best and most innovative platform for development and advancement of youth players in the country.”
“We are very excited to welcome Jason as the Boys ECNL Commissioner,” said ECNL President Christian Lavers. “He brings a unique set of skills as an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman, as well as a proven track record as a coach and director. His combination of skills, and his leadership and commitment, will help the Boys ECNL take major steps forward in the next years.”
Kutney will begin his new role with the Boys ECNL on March 1st.