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Virginia Beach names new Director of Operations

July 29, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Virginia Beach, VA– Mike Field, President and Owner of the Virginia Beach Mariners’ is pleased to announce Carol Senechal as the team’s new Director of Operations. Senechal’s responsibilities will include event and program management, day-to-day business operations, as well as media/community/public relations.

Senechal has been working with the Mariners since the team made their initial appearance in 1994 as the Hampton Roads Hurricanes, serving as a volunteer on the first Board of Directors, and handling gameday operations and referee liaison. She has continued in this role as a volunteer for the past nine seasons.

“We are so lucky that the Mariner's number one fan and top supporter is now with us on a full time basis,” said Field.

Senechal retired from the Virginian-Pilot, after ten years as an editorial assistant in the Sports Department, to join the Mariners.

SenechalÂ’s involvement in the Hampton Roads soccer community began in the 1980Â’s as a youth coach, and board member with both the Norfolk Youth Soccer League and the Lafayette Soccer Club. She has served as the Administrator of the Southeastern Virginia Youth Soccer Association, and along with Hampton Roads Soccer CouncilÂ’s Karen Knott, coordinated the first international friendly in the area between the U.S. Olympic Team (U-23Â’s) and Trinidad/Tobago. She was also the Hampton Roads area coordinator of the International Soccer Cup, a tournament involving the National U-17 teams from the United States, Brazil, Chile, and Spain.

“I am very honored and excited about this tremendous opportunity,” said Senechal. “I feel so strongly about the success of the Virginia Beach Mariners and the success of professional soccer in our area and I plan to contribute in every way possible to the achievement of that success.”

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