May 15, 2013
NPSL names Michael Hitchcock Commissioner
FRISCO, Tex.---The National Premier Soccer League has entered into a management agreement with Playbook Management International. As part of the agreement, former Major League Soccer club executive and PMI Founding Partner Michael Hitchcock will serve as the league’s new commissioner.
Hitchcock started as an entry-level sales representative in Major League Soccer and finished his 12+ year career in the league as a club president and general manager of FC Dallas. His time includes work with D.C. United, the Colorado Rapids, the LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, and the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL).
Hitchcock claimed several accolades in his time with the league, including the MLS Sales
Director of the Year, MLS Sales Team of the Year, and the Commissioner’s New Business Leadership Award.
"Michael Hitchcock is well respected inside soccer circles,” NPSL Secretary and Brooklyn Italians Vice President Joe Barone stated. “Michael will work with the existing teams to further stabilize them and create a model to further understand their unique markets. The growth of the NPSL will be very strategic. Michael will play a critical part in the future of the NPSL.”
PMI, based in Frisco, Tex., also has offices in Gaithersburg (MD), Atlanta (GA), and Ft. Lauderdale (FL).
“I believe in the incredible potential of the NPSL and know that it plays a critical role in the continued growth of the sport of soccer in the United States,” Hitchcock said in a statement.