Birmingham, AL--Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA) announces the appointment of Jay Howell as Executive Director, effective June 1. Howell comes to Birmingham from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as Director of Coaching for the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), the largest full service soccer organization in the country, for the past eleven years.
"During Howell’s tenure, CASL grew into one of the largest, and certainly one of the top soccer leagues in the county. As an Auburn fan, I hate to put it this way, but this is a Nick Saban type of hire for Birmingham United," said Harris Wilson, president of the board for BUSA.
A four year letterman, Howell played soccer at both the University of California Santa Barbara and the University of Richmond. Graduating in 1989, Howell holds a USSF "A" license, a NSCCA Advanced National Diploma, a USSF Youth license. He served as an assistant coach of the men’s team at UNC Chapel Hill. He also coached the Carolina RailHawks ladies team in the USL womens league. Howell is currently on the board of the Elite Clubs National Leagues. Howell served as the Director of Coaching at CASL, and coached several elite level girls and boys teams. CASL consistently produces top-performing girls and boys teams, with more than 9,000 participants annually.
Howell will live in Birmingham with his wife Beth and their three children.
"I am very excited about the new opportunity to be the executive director at BUSA," said Jay Howell. "I would like to thank Eric Dade for his vision and hard work, and I look forward to building on his legacy at the club. BUSA is known for its fantastic volunteer base, their top level tournament, the Red Diamond Vulcan Cup, their high quality facilities, solid coaching staff, a strong base of players and an energetic board. All of us will work together to take Birmingham United Soccer to the next level in American youth soccer."
"I’m exceedingly proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure with Birmingham United, and I’ve enjoyed my time here," said Eric Dade. "Together we have developed strategic partnerships and met aggressive goals that moved the organization forward. I appreciate the organization’s support of me and my family, both in the past and as I move on to other opportunities that have come my way at this stage of my career. I am excited about what Jay will bring to BUSA as a known leader in club soccer, and I look forward to the organization’s future successes."