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The Girls Academy Jul 24, 2020

Girls Academy hires Amber Klimek as Director of Operations

The Girls Academy (GA), in conjunction with the Development Player League (DPL), hired seasoned sports operations specialist, Amber Klimek, as the Director of Operations.

The GA hiring committee went through a lengthy evaluation and selection process for the Director of Operations position, which drew hundreds of applicants from across the country. Klimek stood out because of her extensive experience in sports operations. Notably, she has been involved in women’s professional soccer since 2008, most recently serving as Operations Director with the Chicago Red Stars (NWSL).

“The interest in this position was overwhelming and after an exhaustive search we absolutely found the right person to lead operations for the Girls Academy and the DPL,” said Lesle Gallimore, GA Commissioner. “Amber has a contagious energy from the minute you meet her, a level of confidence that exudes experience, and a reputation in the industry of just getting things done and done well. It became very clear that Amber is very much aligned with our mission, vision and values and wants to be impactful in the lives of our players. I’m looking forward to working with her as we continue to build this platform into one that shines as a beacon in youth sports for females.”

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Klimek also touts her pedigree and prowess of diverse operational expertise from her stints with the Chicago White Sox and the Olympics. Other stretches include working with the Chicago Red Stars in the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) and as a volunteer for U.S. Soccer events. Klimek further secured her place as the front runner with an abundance of references from leading figures in the sports industry.

“I’m thrilled to see the addition of Amber Klimek to the Girls Academy. She’s spent many years in operations, administration and community relations at the club level of women’s professional soccer leagues, so she brings a diverse and invaluable set of talents into this role,” Alyse LaHue, General Manager of Sky Blue FC (NWSL). “Her expertise in not just soccer, but a wide range of sports operations, will no doubt contribute to the leadership and growth of the GA. I look forward to watching the Girls Academy excel under Lesle Gallimore and her fantastic team!”

Klimek will play an integral role in establishing cohesive operations between the GA and the DPL, as both leagues work to create greater development pathways for players and clubs alike. She will officially onboard the first of August and take over the day-to-day operations while working closely with Gallimore, and DPL Commissioner, Mary-Francis Monroe.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside such passionate and respected soccer leaders across the country,” said Klimek. “Growing the game the right way is so important and I welcome the challenge to shape the future for these amazing female athletes.”

The GA includes 7 conferences, 69 clubs, and over 7,500 players across the nation. Its inaugural season kicks off in August with the first showcase event in November.