The U.S. Women’s National Team has its first General Manager as former World Cup champion Kate Markgraf has been named to the new position.
According to U.S. Soccer, the role of the WNT General Manager will have an expanded scope beyond the senior team. The position will influence the development of women’s soccer within the federation and serve as the external liaison to all stakeholders. This will include oversight of the hiring of the coaching staff of the various youth national teams.
While Markgraf settles into her new role, her first order of business will be to hire a new women’s national team head coach. Jill Ellis, who led the U.S. to back-to-back World Cup titles, announced just after the 2019 tournament in France that she was stepping down.
“This new role presents some big challenges, but all are exciting, important to the future of the game and certainly energizing,” said Markgraf. “To reach the top of the world is difficult enough, but to stay there takes a tremendous amount of hard work by players, coaches, staff and administrators, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with those inside and outside of U.S. Soccer to make that happen.”
Markgraf is no stranger to U.S. Soccer having represented the U.S. 201 times during a 12-year international career. She was a member of the 1999 World Cup championship team and won gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
In her new role, she will have several primary areas of responsibility. They include:
- manage, hire and develop senior and youth Women’s National Team coaches, technical and administrative staff
- create, implement and manage a technical plan for the WNTs at all ages to meet specific, agreed-upon milestones and metrics
- create, implement, and monitor performance standards for the Women’s National Teams at all ages
Markgraf was selected as general manager after an extensive selection process that was headed by U.S. Soccer Vice-President Cindy Parlow-Cone and approved by the Board of Directors.
“Kate knows the rich history and the expectations of the USWNT,” Cone said. “She has a great knowledge of the international women’s game and how it continues to evolve. She is an excellent collaborative leader who has the skills to manage this high-pressure, competitive environment.”