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Jan, 2022

VYSA Appoints New Executive Director






Virginia Youth Soccer Association Appoints New Executive Director

Fredericksburg, VA (January 11, 2022) – The Virginia Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald R. Rawson Jr. as its new Executive Director. This appointment culminates a four-month search process to fill the position of former Executive Director, Philip Summers. Don assumed his new role on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, Don Rawson served as Executive Director of Indiana Youth Soccer and Massachusetts Youth Soccer. Rawson was on the leadership team at EDP for over three years. Rawson also served as the Director of Operations for the ’94 World Cup and is the former CEO of Indiana Sports Properties in Westfield, Indiana, which managed Grand Park, a 31 field soccer complex.

Rawson served as an assistant coach for the Indiana University men’s soccer team for 14 years and was awarded the inaugural Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Achievement by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now the United Soccer Coaches) in 2006. Along with a wealth of experience, Rawson holds a US Soccer ‘A’ License and was a Grade 7 Licensed referee for many years.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work alongside the State Office staff and Board of Directors to serve the VYSA Membership. I look forward to meeting many of you during the next few months. Health protocols permitting, I plan to travel the state to hear your ideas of how VYSA, alongside its member leagues and clubs, can create more smiles for players, referees, coaches, volunteers and families who participate in the game,” Rawson stated.

 “Anytime there is a change in leadership, there is an opportunity to revisit the goals and objectives of the organization. The outgoing Executive Director, Phil Summers, left some big shoes to fill. Don Rawson will draw upon his extensive experience as an Executive Director with other state associations but also his ability to forge lasting relationships. We are tremendously appreciative for the many years of service we received from Phil Summers, and we are extremely enthusiastic about the opportunities for growth and direction under Don Rawson,” Bill Phillips, VYSA Treasurer stated.

About the Virginia Youth Soccer Association: The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) www.vysa.com is a member of the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer representing over 100,000 youth players, coaches and administrators in the Commonwealth of Virginia and DC. VYSA oversees programs including Virginia Futsal, the Olympic Development Program (ODP), the National Championship Series (State Cup), Coaching Education and more.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408 Phone: 540-693-1430
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