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Nashville SC Hires First Technical Director

By Nashville SC, 10/05/17, 10:30AM EDT


Club completes a veteran senior management team with hire

NASHVILLE (Sept. 25, 2017) – Nashville SC has appointed Mike Jacobs to be the club’s technical director and vice president of Soccer Operations. The hire rounds out the senior management team that includes a mix of local and national talent, with experience from the MLS, MLB, NBA and Nashville SC’s grassroots beginnings.

In his role as technical director, Jacobs will manage negotiations, recruitment and finances related to players, training facilities and other team business. Working closely with technical staff from the youth level to the senior team, Jacobs is responsible for cultivating a cohesive pathway across all playing levels within the club. 

Jacobs comes to Nashville SC from Sporting KC, Kansas City’s MLS team, where he had served as the assistant technical director since 2015, including during its championship run in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He is one of the most connected individuals in the country on the coaching and player side, with vast experience in American soccer that includes:

  • Assistant Technical Director, Sporting KC, 2015–2017.
  • President, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), now known as United Soccer Coaches, the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization, 2015–2016; Vice President, 2009–2014.
  • Executive Vice President and Technical Director, United Soccer League, 2014–2015.
  • Head Coach, University of Evansville Men’s Team, 2006–2014.
  • Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, Duke University, 2002–2005.
  • National Assistant Coach of the Year, Duke University, 2004.

“Bringing Mike into our club as we continue to build something special in Nashville is a huge win for us,” said Gary Smith, head coach and managing director of Soccer Operations for Nashville SC. “There are few, if any, people who know more about how to succeed in American soccer than Mike, and we will certainly rely on his experience to put a product on the field that the whole city can be proud of.”

“Joining Nashville SC and the pro soccer movement here is a dream come true,” Jacobs said. “I look forward to helping put together a team that will pursue championships. When we take the field in March 2018, Nashville will see a team that competes, plays hard and is exciting to watch.”

Nashville SC is Nashville’s professional soccer club and will begin its inaugural season in the United Soccer League in March 2018. Fans can secure their place in Nashville’s professional soccer movement and their place for purchasing season tickets by becoming Nashville SC members today. For more information, visit and follow the club at @NashvilleSC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.