When Nashville’s MLS franchise hired a former Liverpool exec, this move seemed inevitable, but it’s come to fruition.
From Club release:
NASHVILLE (November 27, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today that Court Jeske, the chief executive officer of Nashville’s United Soccer League (USL) Championship club, will leave the club at the end of November to pursue other opportunities. Ian Ayre, the Nashville MLS CEO will assume day-to-day responsibilities of Nashville SC following Jeske’s departure.
“I’m grateful to have had the career-defining opportunity to build a professional soccer club from the ground up. We- and it was a team effort- just completed one of the most successful inaugural seasons in USL history. I’m proud of the records that were broken and the trajectory we set for the future of the sport here in Nashville.”
During his tenure, Jeske was charged with setting the club vision and preparing the business and technical sides for Nashville Soccer Club’s USL Championship launch in March 2018. The 2018 campaign set USL Championship inaugural season records for season tickets sold and corporate partnership revenue. The club also achieved success on the field by qualifying for the USL Cup playoffs and was one of only three USL Championship clubs that reached the U.S. Open Cup round of 16, successfully defeating MLS side Colorado Rapids to reach that stage.
“Court has provided great leadership during his time here,” said John R. Ingram, lead owner of Nashville SC and the city’s future MLS club. “He has taken this USL club from an idea in a market new to soccer to a well-known brand in Nashville and in turn, helped create real excitement for the sport that we can build upon.”
“Court’s leadership of Nashville SC has created important groundwork for professional soccer in Nashville. We look forward to continuing to build on his initial efforts as we help the city take its love of soccer to new heights as we build our new team for Major League Soccer,” said Ian Ayre, the Nashville MLS CEO.
While Jeske’s next steps are not known, it’s clear that someone with his résumé (including time spent with Soccer United Marketing and Major League Soccer) has plenty of opportunities in the soccer business world.