• Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Kate Markgraf hired as the first general manager of the USWNT

Doug McIntyre
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Kate Markgraf was announced Monday as the first general manager in the history of the World Cup champion United States women’s national team.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the hire first confirmed it to Yahoo Sports.

In a press release, U.S. Soccer also said it has appointed Earnie Stewart as Sporting Director, a position in which he will oversee all national teams, from the USWNT to the men’s senior team to the youth teams.

Markgraf, 42, won the 1999 World Cup and two Olympic gold medals during a 12-year career as a player with the USWNT, which she represented on the international stage 201 times.

The Washington Post reported last month that Markgraf was the frontrunner for the position, which Yahoo sources confirmed.

One of Markgraf’s first orders of business will be to find a successor for U.S. coach Jill Ellis, who stepped down after becoming just the second manager in soccer history, men’s or women’s, to win two World Cup titles when the U.S. defeated the Netherlands last month to repeat as champions.

“Who wouldn’t be interested in that position?” Markgraf responded when asked about the GM job last week by ESPN’s Sebastian Salazar.

The Michigan native earned a double Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in Kinesiology and Educational Psychology. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in business administration and helped the Fighting Irish win an NCAA title before becoming a standout defender with the national team.

As a coach, Markgraf was a volunteer assistant with four NCAA Division I programs: Notre Dame, Harvard, Marquette and Texas and coached club soccer in Wisconsin.

Markgraf has also worked as a television commentator for NBC and ESPN since retiring in 2010.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29:  Member of the 1999 U.S. Women's National Team Kate Markgraf speaks during the 'Mavericks: How the '99 Women Inspired A Nation' panel during day three of the International Champions Cup launch event at 107 Grand on March 29, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)
Former U.S. women's national team standout Kate Markgraf has been hired as the first general manager in USWNT history, sources told Yahoo Sports. (Mike Stobe/Getty)

More from Yahoo Sports: