Claudio Reyna named sporting director for Austin FC in historic appointment
November 21, 2019
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Long before Austin was crowned the capital of Texas, live oaks stood proud over the land. Some for more than 500 years. Now they stand for us, a symbol of our community’s strength and resolve. Together, we rise as one to grow the legend of our Club and our City.
Our signature color projects the vibrancy and creative energy of Austin.
The name of our legendary city is proudly positioned atop the towering oaks.
Two live oaks working together as one stands for the bond between Club and City.
Eleven leaves are held aloft by the branches, representing the eleven players on the pitch being lifted by our supporters.
Four roots join forces to symbolize all of Austin – north, south, east and west – coming together to create a powerful foundation for our Club.
The FC descriptor pays tribute to the origins of the sport, and embraces a universal standard recognized across cultures.
Anthony Precourt is the Founder, Majority Owner and Chief Executive Officer of both Two Oak Ventures (Two Oak) and Austin FC. Austin FC is Major League Soccer’s 27th franchise, and will be entering the league as a new expansion team in 2021. Austin FC is building a 100% privately-financed $242 million world-class, soccer specific stadium in north central Austin near The Domain.
Prior to his role with Two Oak and Austin FC, Precourt owned and operated Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) and Columbus Crew SC. Under his leadership the soccer club reached new heights both on and off the field. Soccer operation highlights under his stewardship include qualifying for the MLS playoffs four out of five seasons, winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015 and hosting the MLS Cup that same season, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017, hiring and retaining head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter for five seasons before he was appointed head coach of the US Men’s National Team, and directing record setting international transfers of Giancarlo Gonzales and Zach Steffen to Palermo and Manchester City, respectively. Business operation highlights under his stewardship include leading a highly successful identity rebrand, securing the first ever stadium naming rights partner after the club had no such partner for its first 15 years, major capital improvements to the stadium and training grounds, and driving the club to unprecedented new high-water marks for the number of season tickets sold annually, number of sell outs per season and aggregate corporate sponsorship commitments.
In October 2017 an announcement was made that the team was exploring Austin, Texas as its new home. In late 2018, the Haslam Family, owners of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, acquired the operating rights to Columbus Crew SC with a firm commitment to build a new soccer-specific stadium in Downtown Columbus. On January 15, 2019, Precourt and the City of Austin were awarded the 27th franchise in MLS.
Since 2008, Precourt has also served as the Managing Partner of Precourt Capital Management (PCM), an investment management firm. From 2001 to 2008, Precourt was a portfolio manager and Director of Research for WHV Investment Management, a $12 billion public equity investment management company. Precourt started his career in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions with both Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown.
Precourt and his family have a strong commitment to philanthropy through both the Precourt Foundation, and the 4ATX Foundation based in Austin, Texas.
Precourt received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pepperdine University and later earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Precourt, his wife Agatha, and their three children and two dogs live in both Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas.
Eddie currently serves as managing partner & founder of Pixiu Investments, which he founded in 2010. Pixiu focuses on commercial real estate, oil & gas, and local businesses. Current investments include the historic Scarbrough Building, apparel maker Outdoor Voices and cancer vaccine maker Elios Therapeutics.
Prior to moving to Austin in 2009, Eddie founded several successful technology ventures in his native Mexico, including Brightstar Retail (Microsoft distributor) and Momentum Mobile Phones (manufacturing) and worked in the finance group at Vitro (one of the world’s largest glass producers). Eddie began his entrepreneurial journey during college, when he founded his first company, an internet access provider called Solisi.
He and his wife Lorena are passionate champions of their adopted hometown of Austin. They are major supporters of The Contemporary Austin, Thinkery, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Waller Creek Conservancy, and HeartGift. Eddie serves on the board of the Greater Austin Crime Commission and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and the Austin Council on Foreign Affairs.
Eddie was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. He earned his engineering degree in Information Systems from the Monterrey Institute of Technology. He and Lorena love living in Austin with their three children.
Marius Haas is President and Chief Commercial Officer of Dell Technologies. He is responsible for the global go-to-market organization, servicing all commercial clients, channel partners, as well as public and federal institutions worldwide. Prior to this role, Marius was the general manager of all enterprise data center and cloud product solutions.
Marius came to Dell in 2012 from the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR), where he was in the technology investment practice. Prior to KKR, Marius was senior vice president and worldwide general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) networking division, and global head of corporate strategy and M&A. Earlier in his career, Marius held a wide range of senior operations roles at Compaq and Intel Corporation.
Marius serves on the board of directors for the U.S.- China Business Council and Westlake Chemical Corporation. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he played D1 soccer, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Marius enjoys living in Austin with his wife Lone and two children Lukas and Gabriella.
Bryan Sheffield, founder of Parsley Energy, quickly set the stage for the successful growth of the publicly-traded independent oil and natural gas company. Within ten years, Bryan led Parsley to become the 10th largest U.S. operator by rig count, and he earned recognition among Fortune’s 40 under 40.
His latest initiative, DropShot LLC, will help young tennis athletes reach their full potential and support the Austin community. The organization launches this fall with an inaugural USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Event.
He serves on the boards of the Texas Economic Development Corporation and Greater Austin Crime Commission, and is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council.
Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor’s career in the cult classic "Dazed and Confused." Since then, he has won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club", appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist with his just keep livin Foundation – all the while sticking to his Texas roots and "jk livin" philosophy. McConaughey also serves as creative director for Wild Turkey and has co-created his own bourbon, Longbranch.
David Kahn is the Managing Partner of ColinaWest Real Estate Company, a property and development company based in Austin. While in college, David was the founder of the University Beach Club, and in 1999 a co-founder of NotHarvard.com, an edu-commerce service. David has served on the boards of the Greater Austin Jewish Community, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and Broadway Bank. A resident of Austin since 1983, David is a BBA and MBA graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Program. David is married to Andrea Koplowitz, and they have three children, two of whom are players for FC Westlake Soccer Club.
Toby is an entrepreneur and investor originally from West Texas. After working at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Toby co-founded Windrock Energy (sold to Macquarie) and subsequently Quantum Energy Partners where he was co-managing partner investing in energy related assets globally. After five consecutive funds at Quantum, Toby briefly worked in politics before partnering with leading investors, executives and technologists to build and invest in companies at the forefront of demographic and technological changes. Toby lives in Dallas and Aspen with his wife Melissa and has two boys, Nate and Noah.
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