CARLSBAD, Calif. – Joshua Schaub will step down as Major Arena Soccer League commissioner on June 1, it was announced by the league Friday.
Schaub, an attorney who has been commissioner for five years, will help with a transition to a new Commissioner starting April 15.
“It has been my absolute honor to serve as the MASL commissioner for the last 5 seasons,” Schaub said in a statement. “In our time, the MASL reached new heights and achieved measurable improvements every year in fan attendance, viewership, and ticket revenue. The original vision of building out divisions and a pyramid for arena soccer has also come to fruition. We are very proud of our accomplishments and I look forward to helping the new commissioner take this league to the next level. I want to thank everyone that was part of the MASL during my tenure including the owners, the players, the league personnel, the sponsors, and most importantly, our fans.”
The league also announced the formation of a committee to begin the search of Schaub’s successor. The MASL search committee and Schaub will work to identify a new commissioner and transition that person into the role with a target starting date of June 1.
As part of the transition, the MASL will look to shift its focus from the league’s governance framework and systems to sales, expansion, and growth.
“Josh has been a tremendous asset to the league and we can’t thank him enough for his contribution,” Tacoma Stars owner and MASL president Lane Smith said in a statement. “His work set us up nicely as we look to embark on this new chapter with the MASL and its new commissioner.”
On its website, the MASL said it was seeking qualified candidates who believe they have the skillset, experience, and aptitude to serve as commissioner.
“The league has a solid foundation,” St. Louis Ambush co-owner and the MASL secretary and chair of the search committeement Shelly Clark said in a statement. “It’s our task to identify an individual with strong leadership and communication skills, as well as the strategic mindset needed to elevate our game and product to higher standards. The next commissioner must be able to identify and execute strategies that address the development and expansion of the sport, provide stability to the teams, and attract media and sponsorship engagement.”
The search committee is accepting resumes. Interviews are expected to begin in March with the hiring decision to be finalized in April.
Resumes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.