Amanda Duffy

The president of the local pro soccer club is leaving to take an administrative role with the National Women’s Soccer League.

Amanda Duffy, who has served as Louisville City FC’s president since November 2015, will become director of operations for the NWSL, the nation’s first division women’s league.

The club announced the departure on its website today, saying that Chairman John Neace “will take on a larger role within the front office.”

Duffy said in the release that helping establish LouCity FC as one of the best-supported and most successful clubs in the third-division United Soccer League was among her “most rewarding career accomplishments.”

John Neace

“There is truly a unique energy in Louisville surrounding this club, and the future has not looked brighter than it does now,” she said. “I leave with pride in all that has been achieved and all that lies ahead for Louisville City, and with gratitude for the opportunity, trust and support from everyone involved.”

Duffy was promoted from general manager to president last fall after the club, in its first season, reached the Eastern Conference Final, ranking second in average home attendance. The club repeated its on-field success this year, and also saw its attendance increase.

Duffy is the league’s only female president. Her last day with LouCity will be Friday.

Neace thanked Duffy for her efforts and wished her success in her new role.

“The rapid growth and success of Louisville City FC could not have been accomplished without Amanda’s steady hands, approach and knowledge of the league,” Neace said.

Neace will take over Duffy’s duties for now. While LouCity is not actively searching for a new president, the club told IL via email that it plans to fill the position eventually.

Neace was appointed the club’s chairman in September to focus on helping the club build a soccer-specific stadium to allow it to generate more revenues and to comply with league expectations. The club currently plays its home games at Slugger Field, home to the Louisville Bats.

Boris Ladwig

Boris Ladwig

Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.