FRISCO, Tex. — The US Youth Soccer Board of Directors has selected Francis “Skip” Gilbert as the new Chief Executive Officer of US Youth Soccer (USYS).
Gilbert was a two-time NCAA Division 1 first team All-American goalkeeper at the University of Vermont and played for the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1983.
Gilbert has served in leadership roles with many sports organizations over his career, most recently with the US Anti-Doping Agency as its Managing Director of Operations, Marketing and Development. Within this capacity, Gilbert oversaw USADA’s Olympic Testing and Client Services operations, while also supporting marketing and development efforts for the organization’s TrueSport division.
“Skip brings decades of experience to US Youth Soccer, including invaluable insights into the sports business, governance and operational ecosystem,” said US Youth Soccer Board Chairman Dr. Pete Zopfi. “His experience and passion for sport will help ensure that US Youth Soccer meets its goal of making soccer the preeminent youth sport in America.”
Gilbert also played for the US Olympic Development Team and trained with Sheffield United and other clubs in Holland and Hong Kong. He is a licensed soccer coach and member of the University of Vermont and the Lawrenceville School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gilbert lives in Connecticut with his family. He will join the USYS team in Frisco on Jan. 10, 2020.