Lyle Hunt is the organization's director of youth programs, taking over for Abby Johnson, who is departing after serving the Menace for more than five years.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – Lyle Hunt is back with the Menace organization, stepping into a new role as director of youth programs.
A former Menace intern, Lyle started yesterday in the Menace’s West Des Moines office. He is training under the tutelage of Abby Johnson, who departs the organization she has served since July 2009.
Lyle comes to the Menace from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders – a team in the United States Hockey League. He has been the RoughRiders’ ticket sales and sponsorship executive since graduating last May from Loras College in his native Dubuque.
His primary responsibilities will include leading the Menace Academy, Junior Menace and Menace Camp programs. He will also play an integral role in the organization’s sales and marketing initiatives, supporting the Menace’s mission to grow soccer in our community.
The Menace’s newest addition has spent most of his life around soccer. Lyle grew up playing in Dubuque Soccer Club and played three seasons for Loras (NCAA Division III) before suffering a career-ending leg injury. He was the Menace’s marketing and promotions intern in 2013 and an administrative assistant with his former soccer club in 2012.
“Lyle brings a passion for soccer, and his positive attitude, caring nature and solid work ethic make him an excellent team member. We are beyond excited to welcome him back to the Menace organization,” general manager Matt Homonoff said. “At the same time, we are sad to lose Abby, who has been fully committed to the Menace for nearly six years. We thank Abby for all her contributions and we wish her our very best.”
Abby has guided the Menace Academy and Junior Menace to record heights. She transitions to the role of stay-at-home mom to spend more time with daughter Peyton (who turns three in July) and son Cameron (who turns one tomorrow). Abby will show Lyle the ropes over the next couple weeks, leading up to March 23 – the official start of the academy’s spring season.
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. Entering its 22nd season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 65-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team, preparing for its fourth season, is part of the 80-team Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). From May to July, 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.
FOLLOW THE MENACE: