Austin FC announced on Thursday it had appointed Andy Loughnane as President as of Jan. 1.
Loughnane will be in charge front-office operations for the club, which is hoping to take the field in MLS by 2021 at a 20,000-seat stadium at McKalla Place. He will report to Chairman/CEO Anthony Precourt.
“The opportunity to launch a city’s first major league team, open a state-of-the-art stadium, and begin the process of competing for the first major league championship in the history of Austin is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I am incredibly honored to represent Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer as we collectively build this community asset for all of Austin to enjoy,” Loughnane said in a release.
Prior to joining Austin FC, he served as Columbus Crew SC’s President of Business Operations since 2014 and has worked with other professional teams such as the NBA’s Detroit Pistons as well as the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.
“Andy’s long track record of success in the sports and entertainment industry, and his instrumental leadership of Columbus Crew SC make him the ideal leader to serve as president of Austin FC,” Precourt said in the release. “He is a proven operator who will be crucial to achieving our goal of developing a proud, winning Club in Austin. I look forward to continuing to work closely again with Andy as we embark on this great opportunity to build a Major League Soccer team in Austin.”
His responsibilities with Austin FC will, in part, include community engagement, ticketing, sponsorships, media distribution and stadium operations.
According to the release, Crew SC set revenue records for three consecutive years while Loughnane was with the team, and he oversaw the final stages of a new Columbus brand and secured sponsorships for the stadium and the jersey.
“Austin is a special place, and on behalf of the entire Club, we are eager to begin the process of earning the trust of those who preserve and grow the legend of Austin,” Loughnane said.