Former Golden Bear Mary Harvey Named Chief Operating Officer of Women's Professional Soccer League
Oct. 29, 2008
BERKELEY - Four-year letterwinner California women's soccer player and former Olympian Mary Harvey was recently named the Chief Operating Officer for the newly formed Women's Professional Soccer.
Harvey will oversee the day-to-day operations of the league. She will be directly involved in the financial operations as well as all of the aspects of game organization. Harvey was an ideal candidate for the job after spending time at the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in Zurich, Switzerland, most recently as the director of development.
'The commissioner, team owners and league investors have done an incredible job laying the groundwork for this league,' said Harvey. 'I'm honored to have the opportunity to contribute to all the preparations and planning work that is ongoing for the 2009 season and look forward to making the on-field product and game day experience the best it can be come April 2009. I'm excited to get started.'
When Harvey first began working at FIFA in 2003, she was the first woman and first American citizen to run a business division as a member of senior management at the international governing body. During her time at FIFA, Harvey initiated the launch of several important projects for the development of women's soccer. She has also worked for Deloitte and Accenture, a global consulting firm, and she advised the CEO of the 1999 Women's World Cup.
As a player, Harvey enjoyed an eight-year career with the U.S. Women's National team, from 1989-96. She was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. in the inaugural 1991 Women's World Cup and a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team that won gold in Atlanta. Harvey had a total of 27 'caps' for the U.S. National team during her career (beginning in 1989 at the age of 24) and maintained a 0.65 goals-against average.
Harvey, who graduated in 1987, was inducted into Cal's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. As a freshman at Cal in 1983, Harvey was a starter on the team that finished fifth in the NCAA Tournament and went on to lead the team to three additional NCAA playoff appearances. In 1984, she was named the NCAA All-Tournament goalkeeper and she was the National Goalkeeper of the Year in 1986. She still holds the record for saves in a game (12 versus North Carolina on Nov. 1, 1984) and is tied for third on Cal's career list for shutouts with 20 and had a personal best of nine shutouts in 1984.
Fellow former Cal soccer player Tracy Morgan was drafted into the WPS last week by the Bay Area team. The league is scheduled to being its inaugural season in the spring of 2009.