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Menace leadership on the move

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Friday, July 20, 2012 – The Des Moines Menace begins a search for the organization’s next general manager and head coach. Team owner Kyle Krause announced today that general manager Todd Meiners and head coach Laurie Calloway are completing their time with the Menace.

Meiners moves on to a new role with parent company Kum & Go, L.C., and Calloway finishes the term of his contract, which ends in August. Each spent five seasons with the organization.

The Menace’s leader since February 2008, Meiners will stay on to guide the nationwide search for a GM and a head coach of Des Moines’ Premier Development League team.

“I would like to thank Todd for his dedication and commitment to the Menace program for the past five years,” stated Krause, “Todd has been instrumental in driving the strategic direction and success of the Menace PDL teams and academy.  As a part of a leadership rotation role, he will begin to transition from the general manager of the Menace to another role within Kum & Go, L.C.”

In Meiners’ time as GM, the Menace has continued to grow support of the team and its youth programs, reaching all-time highs in registrations for Menace camps and clinics, Junior Menace and tournaments. The Menace was named the 2009 PDL Organization of the Year.

Meiners, who worked for Kum & Go from 1998 until starting with the Menace, returns to the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the United States. He becomes a lean sigma project manager in the company’s Quality & Process Improvement Department.

“It is bittersweet for me. Being the general manager of the Menace has been a tremendous opportunity,” Meiners said. “I feel I have grown as a leader and leave the Menace organization in a position to thrive in the future. I am excited about the opportunity to transition back into Kum & Go and will take many of the lessons learned from the Menace with me.”

Calloway became the Menace’s all-time career wins leader in 2012. He departs with a mark of 52-19-13 as the team’s head coach (2001-02 and 2010-12).

“To keep up with the ever-growing changes within our Menace programs, we have decided to move the Menace in a different direction with the structure of our PDL coaching roles and Laurie Calloway’s contract will not be renewed”, announced Krause.  “I appreciate Laurie’s time and efforts with the Menace and wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.”

Under Calloway’s direction, the Menace secured three appearances in the PDL playoffs (2001, 2002 and 2011) and played in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on four occasions (2002, 2010, 2011 and 2012). He earned PDL Coach of the Year in 2002, when Des Moines went undefeated (15-0-3) to claim the league’s regular-season title.

“I have enjoyed my time during both of my stints with the Menace,” Calloway said. “We’ve had a lot of success, and I am proud of everything our players and staff have put into providing our fans with such a high level of the game. Neathan (Gibson, assistant coach) and I have had the privilege of coaching some extremely talented players, and we will continue to do what we can to provide them with opportunities to take their game to the next level.”

ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s side competes in the 73-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team, in its inaugural season, is part of the five-team Women’s League Soccer. The Menace teams play their home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics, Junior Menace and tournaments.


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