CONNECTICUT JUNIOR SOCCER ASSOCIATION (CJSA) NAMES
VETERAN SOCCER ADMINISTRATOR
AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Farmington, CT, September 23, 2013. The Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) today named veteran American soccer administrator Thom Meredith as its full-time Executive Director.
Meredith, who joins the CJSA on October 15th after owning his own sports management and soccer events company for the past 10 years, will be responsible for overseeing all day-to-day business and soccer related activities for the CJSA, a non-profit youth soccer organization which administers soccer related programs, educational courses and events for its 75,000 registered players across the State of Connecticut.
Founded in 1970, the CJSA is affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer, the national organization charged with promoting and administering the game nationally for all registered players in the U.S. under the age of 19, as well as the U.S. Soccer Federation, the parent national governing body for all soccer in the United States whose headquarters are in Chicago, IL.
“On behalf of the entire CJSA family and its Board of Directors, we are excited to have someone with Thom’s strong background in all aspects of soccer join us at this important time in our history,” said CJSA President Kathy Zolad in making the announcement. “The Board felt strongly that Thom’s expertise in so many different areas of the game would be the perfect fit for CJSA going forward.”
During his career, Meredith has been involved in soccer events as varied as youth soccer tournaments to later in his career where he had direct senior operational responsibilities at FIFA men’s and women’s World Cups and Olympic Games venues in both the United States and internationally. He has held senior administrative posts with both defunct national women’s professional soccer leagues-- the WUSA and WPS— and recently served as a consultant with North America’s second division men’s pro league, the North American Soccer League.
Major League Soccer (MLS) and its sister company Soccer United Marketing (SUM) were among the list of clients Meredith had under his Thom Meredith Inc agency banner before taking on this new, full-time role with the CJSA.
Meredith also had as clients both US Youth Soccer and the 33,000 member National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) working as their exhibits manager during the past six years at each group’s annual trade shows.
Meredith attended Hartwick College (NY), worked for US Soccer as its first full-time Director of Events, eventually organizing men’s and women’s national team events in 26 different states during the 1990’s that also included roles at both the 1994 FIFA Men’s World Cup and the break-through 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He spent a year with the NFL Tampa Bay Bucs and later two years as Administrative Assistant for pre-eminent American sports legend Lamar Hunt.
“I am very excited about this opportunity with the CJSA”, said Meredith. “It is well known that the CJSA has always been committed to serving and educating its members while developing and promoting soccer throughout the state of Connecticut and I look forward to continuing that mission with the help of our Board, full-time staff and CJSA’s many dedicated volunteers.”
Meredith and his wife Ginger have two adult children.
CJSA is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization with full-time offices in Farmington, CT.