Sky Blue FC’s interim general manager Alyse LaHue will need to order new business cards and drop the word “interim.”
The NWSL side has named LaHue the team’s general manager. She joined Sky Blue in 2018 and had served as the interim GM since April filling the position vacated by Tony Novo. He resigned just before the start of the 2019 season.
“I am excited and energized to have the confidence of the team, the staff, the fans and ownership as we institute a new culture for Sky Blue,” said LaHue. “We’ve started taking steps towards a grand vision for this club and will continue to strive every day to bring it closer to reality. The fans and players deserve no less in this incredible market, and I’m honored to have this opportunity to drive women’s soccer forward.”
Following the 2018 season when Sky Blue won just one game, the team has shown improvement this season having won four games and has been competitive throughout.
With New Jersey-native Carli Lloyd providing the star power, Sky Blue has built a strong foundation of young players that includes prior NWSL rookies of the year Raquel Rodriguez and Imani Dorsey and current rookie Paige Monaghan.
Also, the team in August shifted its match against Reign FC from Yurcak Field to Red Bull Arena. There, a crowd of nearly 10,000 watched the teams play to a 1-1 draw.
A major issue topping LaHue’s to-do list is the hiring of a head coach. Denise Reddy was fired in June and a permanent replacement has yet to be named.
With LaHue now officially the team’s GM, she is one of only two women in NWSL holding the general manager title. She is also the first woman to serve as GM in the NWSL and Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS).
Before joining Sky Blue, LaHue served in a variety of roles with the Chicago Red Stars, which included a stint as general manager from 2012 to 2016.
“Alyse is the consummate professional, a fearless innovator, and a respected leader who has been enthusiastically embraced by our fans and players,” said Tammy Murphy, owner representative. “We are proud to have a strong woman at the helm of our franchise. Alyse’s talents and dedication are driving Sky Blue forward as we strive to become a preeminent club in professional women’s soccer.”
LaHue is the co-founder of youth non-profit Gonzo Soccer, Girls Soccer & Leadership Academy. The company started as an after-school soccer clinic focused on elite soccer training, academic assistance and life skills. Over the past 10 years, Gonzo Soccer has developed programs in 13 different communities across three countries.
She also serves on the Women Coaches Advocacy Group of United Soccer Coaches, which advocates for the advancement of female coaches and executives.