Landon Donovan Elevated to Full Time Role as Executive VP of Soccer Operations

December 2, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - San Diego Loyal News Release

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Loyal SC announced today that Landon Donovan has been elevated to full time Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations. The move allows Donovan to focus on his role as co-owner and EVP of Soccer Operations. Donovan will continue to develop and grow all facets of SD Loyal soccer operations including Loyal Select, scouting, player development, building the first team roster, community involvement and business operations.

With Donovan shifting full time as EVP of Soccer Operations, SD Loyal has promoted Associate Head Coach Nate Miller to Head Coach. Entering his fourth season with SD Loyal, Miller was first introduced as Associate Head Coach in Jan. 2020. Leading all tactical aspects of the SD Loyal first team, Miller has been an integral part of the team's on-field success. Coming off a COVID-inflicted inaugural 2020 season and another shortened 2021 season, SD Loyal saw record highs in 2022 including points (60), home wins (12) and goals scored (68).

"It's a tremendous honor to represent this club on the field and in the community," SD Loyal Head Coach Nate Miller said. "I am extremely proud of the identity we have formed, the culture we have created, and the success we have achieved up to this point. We are building something very special in San Diego and I am excited to lead this team to achieve our ambitious goals."

Miller, who recently completed his U.S. Soccer Pro License, the highest-level coaching license in North America, takes the reins over a team fit for greater success in 2023. The three-year assistant coach will continue to shape the style of play for SD Loyal, while also building on locker room chemistry and player performance.

"There isn't a better coach suited to take the lead managing our club than Nate Miller," SD Loyal Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Landon Donovan said. "We've built a club here in San Diego that this community has embraced and come to expect a lot from, and Nate's tireless work ethic has been a big part of that. We owe it to our fans to maintain the highest level of play on the field and promoting Nate Miller to Head Coach continues that commitment."

After back-to-back playoff appearances, the continued commitment to SD Loyal remains at an all-time high for both Donovan and Miller. As the club looks forward to its fourth season of USL Championship play in 2023, the goals on and off the field have never been higher.

"We couldn't be happier with the progress of our organization," said Club President Ricardo Campos. "The club culture that's been created and our on-field success is hugely credited in part to the work of Nate Miller. Nate has been a tremendous club advocate and works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure our players are bought in, committed and prepared to play week in and week out. Nate is a great leader and an even better person that we have complete confidence will lead our club into a bigger and brighter future."

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