Kate Markgraf Hired as G.M. of U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Kate Markgraf, who as a player helped the United States win two Olympic women’s soccer gold medals and the 1999 Women’s World Cup, was named the first general manager of the United States women’s national team on Monday.

Markgraf’s responsibilities will include overseeing the search for a new coach to replace Jill Ellis, who is leaving the team in October. Ellis announced last month that she was stepping down as coach only weeks after leading the United States to its second straight Women’s World Cup title.

The federation also announced that the general manager for the men’s national team, Earnie Stewart, had been promoted to the new position of sporting director, overseeing U.S. Soccer’s entire sports performance department. The move was designed, U.S. Soccer said, to align the federation’s technical operations across all of its teams.

“One of the priorities when I took over was making sure that our soccer operations were run by soccer experts,” said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer. “And that is what today is all about.”

Among Markgraf’s duties will be hiring coaches, as well as technical and administrative staffs, for the youth and senior women’s teams, and to create and manage the technical plans and performance standards for those teams.

Stewart, 50, who was named the general manager of the men’s team last year, will have responsibility for all men’s, women’s and youth national team programs. The search for his replacement as men’s general manager will begin immediately, U.S. Soccer said.

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