San Jose Earthquakes announced Kaval as president
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that Golden Baseball League (GBL) founder David Kaval has been named the president of the club. Current president Michael Crowley has been elevated to managing director of the Earthquakes.
Kaval will oversee both the business and technical sides of the club and report directly to Crowley, who has served as the Earthquakes president since the team returned to MLS in 2006.
"David brings a wealth of experience and leadership from a very diverse background to this position," said Crowley. "He has a proven track record of success and we think that he is a great fit for our organization. I needed to take a step back from the day-to-day operations and I felt like now was the perfect time for that move."
Kaval comes to the Earthquakes after six successful seasons with the independent GBL, a league that he founded with a fellow Stanford Business School graduate in 2003. The league currently includes 10 teams in three different countries. Kaval was responsible for raising the initial capital to get the league launched and attracting a number of investors from around the country for the venture. He also negotiated a number of major corporate partnerships, including the league naming rights agreement.
"I am very excited to join the San Jose Earthquakes and I would like to thank (Earthquakes owner) Lew Wolff and Michael Crowley for the opportunity," said Kaval. "Soccer is experiencing a great deal of growth right now in this country and in the Bay Area in particular. The Earthquakes have built a great organization both on the field and on the business side and I am looking forward to joining this team."