FULLERTON, Calif. (June 17, 2021) – Cal South today announced the naming of Terry Fisher as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Fisher’s role as CEO will encompass oversight of all day-to-day operations of the association, which continues to maintain the single largest organizational presence for both youth and adult soccer in Southern California.
“Cal South Soccer is extremely excited that Terry is returning to Southern California to guide us in our next steps forward,” said Cal South President Roy Carlson. “There are few out there on the soccer map with as much experience and vision for what it takes to expand our membership and strengthen our organization as Terry has in over 45 years of soccer leadership. We look forward to seeing how much we can accomplish with him at the helm.”
Terry Fisher has held positions in nearly every level of soccer, from playing and coaching on the field, to extensive executive experience in the boardroom. In 1975, Fisher took on the role of head coach for the Los Angeles Aztecs of the old North American Soccer League (NASL). He was at that time, at the tender age of 25, the youngest head coach for any pro team in the United States. Other NASL teams for whom he coached were the San Jose Earthquakes, the Houston Hurricane, and the Calgary Boomers. He also saw time leading Major Indoor Soccer League’s Detroit Lightning.
For the Palo Alto Firebirds of the United Soccer League (USL), Fisher served as both owner and general manager, transforming the team into a national championship squad in 1992. He served as sponsorship director for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Clash in 1995-96, and then returned to the USL in 1997 as general manager of the Albuquerque Geckos, who won a championship title in their first year.
Most recently, Fisher served successfully for the past dozen years as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington Youth Soccer (WYS), a role he took over in 2009. Fisher also holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and has served on the U.S. Soccer National Board of Directors. Additionally, he has developed coaching curriculums for many elite training camps and has worked with corporations involved in three separate World Cups.
“In returning to Southern California, I am fulfilling the circle on a journey I began in my youth back in 1972,” said Fisher. “I have had a great many opportunities presented to me in recent years, but the only job that I could see myself in was leading Cal South and solidifying its place at the top of what I consider to be the best soccer market in America. We have a lot of work to do, and I am very, very eager to get us moving ahead.”
About Cal South:
The California State Soccer Association – South (Cal South) is a 501c(3) California public benefit corporation and is the official youth and adult state soccer association of the United States Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, and the United States Adult Soccer Association. Cal South represents over 300 Affiliate Member leagues and clubs comprising our membership of more than 204,000 registered players, coaches, referees and league administrators. The organization, with a service area that extends from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, provides rewarding recreational and competitive opportunities for players of all ages, genders and skill levels. For more information about Cal South, visit www.calsouth.com.