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NWSL Apr 09, 2019

Tony Novo steps down as president and GM of Sky Blue FC

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Howell, NJ (Via Sky Blue FC) – Sky Blue FC, NJ’s professional women soccer team, announced today the resignation of President and General Manager Tony Novo. Novo, a licensed residential mortgage lender, has decided to return to the profession.

Effective immediately, Sky Blue Vice-President Alyse LaHue will serve as interim general manager while the owners conduct a search for the position and reevaluate operations. The team’s first official match will be played on April 13 against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex. The home opener will take place on Saturday, April 20 against the Houston Dash at Rutgers’ Yurcak Field.

Tammy Murphy expressed gratitude to Novo on behalf of the team’s ownership. “Tony has been an integral part of the growth of Sky Blue and we appreciate his dedication to the team and the sport,” Murphy said. “For the past 6 1/2 years, he has been a passionate supporter of professional women’s soccer and has worked tirelessly to get the team to where it is today. We are grateful for his time with Sky Blue and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Novo shared, “I am departing Sky Blue with confidence that Alyse will be a strong leader and advocate for the team.”

LaHue holds vast experience in professional soccer dating back to 2008, where she served in a variety of roles for the Chicago Red Stars of WPS and NWSL, including serving as the club’s General Manager from 2012 – 2016. She also held the role of General Manager for LA Blues of USL-PRO and Pali Blues of the former W-League during 2011. She joined Sky Blue in 2018.

LaHue is Task Force Chair for the United Soccer Coaches Women’s Membership Group, which advocates for the advancement of female coaches and executives. She is also the co-founder of youth non-profit Gonzo Soccer, Girls Soccer & Leadership Academy. The company started as an after-school soccer clinic focused on elite soccer training, academic assistance, and life skills. Over the last ten years, Gonzo Soccer has developed programs in 13 different communities across three countries.