Announcing Eli Ulvi as General Manager of Washington Timbers Football ClubApril 13, 2013 | Posted by Jim Thorn
It is our pleasure to announce the hiring of Mr. Eli Ulvi as the General Manager of the Washington Timbers Football Club. The newly created GM role will oversee all day to day soccer operations of the recently merged club. The Coaching Directors and other paid staff will report to Eli. Additional responsibilities will include: club organization structure, personnel decisions, club-wide program development, Harmony Field Capital Campaign, the annual budget and financial results and club-wide communication. Eli will work with the DOC’s regarding league placement (OPL, PML, RCL, ODP, NWCL) and tournament participation, ensuring alignment with the strategic direction of the club. Eli will also be responsible for the relationship with the Portland Timbers and community outreach. There is more – it is a lot of work but Eli is excited about getting to work!
Born in Oregon and raised in Alaska, he lived in a log cabin about 370 miles from Fairbanks and was introduced to soccer through a teacher at age 7. Eli started playing pick-up games with other kids on an abandoned grass air-strip, and after moving to Fairbanks at age 9 he began playing recreational soccer. It wasn’t long before he was invited to play on an advanced competition team. He played soccer in high School, was a member of the state Olympic Development Team and the State Indoor team. In college, Eli was a walk-on player at Ft. Lewis College. After college, he began coaching in Alaska. His first coaching experience was with a U10 girl’s recreation team. A few years later, he began coaching and was the Technical Director for Alaskan Rush in Anchorage. He and his family then moved to Bend, OR staying with the Rush organization. He made the move to Oregon to be part of a larger soccer environment and be closer to family living in Oregon. Eli was the Technical Director with Oregon Rush and most recently served as their Director of Operations. He has his USSF National A-level license, among other certifications and credentials. Eli is happily married to Dawn and they have two daughters, Gianna (7) and Kaia (5). The entire family is excited to move to the Vancouver area and we look forward to welcoming them.
Philosophy: “I am a firm believer that every kid should play their game or games of choice (preferably soccer!). Our responsibility is to provide a fun, safe, healthy environment for the kids to develop as young adults. We need to give players basic soccer skills and the opportunity to play soccer to their level of desire…it’s on them…we just give them the environment and opportunity.” Eli describes his commitment, discipline, and drive as assets of his personality…”get out what you put in (you can accomplish anything if you truly want to)”. He has high aspirations on how this club will evolve in 5 -10 years. His goal is for WT to become the most respected youth sports organization in the Pacific Northwest.
Why were you interested in GM role with WT? – “As a member of Oregon Rush, I became aware of the merging of two of the largest clubs in Southwest WA and wanted to be part of that effort; and add to that, the alliance with PTFC, southern Washington has become a major player in the Portland/Southwest Washington metro soccer scene. There is a wonderful culture in this area that focuses on player development and advancement through varying facets and programs. I want to have an opportunity to help shape the landscape of youth soccer in the Pacific Northwest. With a wonderful staff and organization, talented DOC’s and a great coaching staff and volunteer base, this is a very exciting time to be part of the Washington Timbers.”
Message to Mom/Dad’s: “My plans for club growth will focus on the Harmony Field Complex and other field options since we need to have as much control as we can on where we play. This will not only ensure field time and space, but also help keep our costs in control. My second area of focus is to keep fees low. We will continue to advance the club and provide a full-service environment to all ages and levels. Our goal is to not just have good soccer players but develop positive and productive members of society. I am looking forward to meeting people and integrating my family into the community.” Keep your eye out for upcoming parent meetings that will be held prior to tryouts.
Message to Coaches/Volunteers: “Upon coming into WT, it is immediately clear that the quality and commitment of the staff and organization is unparalleled. I will focus on making their job easier; with the nearly 100 combined years of experience among our Directors of Coaching, we will be able to accomplish great things. It takes the effort of the entire club to be successful, and I ask that you continue to look for ways to help, whether it is through coaching, or being your team’s manager, or volunteering with an event or tournament, or helping to line the fields…we can all take great pride in being part of a great club”.
With the recent merger of the Vancouver Timbers and the Washington Soccer Academy, we have now become one of the largest soccer clubs in the state of WA and in the Portland metro area. With the excitement of being an alliance partner with the Portland Timbers, we have a lot of great things happening. WT is the largest member of the Portland Timbers Alliance. Our club will field over 3,500 players, and offer levels of play from U6 Rec to the highest level of Advanced Competition and the PTFC MLS Academy. Every child at every skill level has a chance to play with our club. We have had considerable past success in state and regional tournaments and 2 National Champions.
Please join us in welcoming Eli Ulvi to the Washington Timbers!