AYSO's Tom Tobin Announces His Retirement
Tom Tobin, AYSO’s National Executive Director has announced his retirement for the end of the year.
“The last three years as NED have been an absolute delight and the National Board of Directors has been tremendously supportive,” said Tobin who took on the position of NED in 2009. “But my wife, Marilyn, retired two years ago and more and more of late I’ve found myself wishing I had more time to spend with her and with family and friends and doing the things that folks of my age get to do at this point in their life. With all of the opportunities and initiatives coming down the pike for the 50th anniversary celebration of AYSO, this seemed like the right time to facilitate a leadership transition to make it as painless on the organization as possible.”
AYSO President Paula Berriz has appointed a search committee that is charged with finding the new NED.
“I am happy that Tom has made a decision that is best for him and his family,” said President Berriz. “I know that this was not an easy decision because of his love and dedication to AYSO. Selfishly, there is no good time to see Tom retire, his contributions have been immense, and he will be greatly missed. I certainly have enjoyed working with Tom over the past 20 years.”
Tom’s tenure as NED has been a full one. He led the relocation of the AYSO National Office from a former converted elementary school to a new state-of-the-art office complex. He also guided the relaunch of AYSO Section Meetings, 11 AYSO training conferences around the nation as well as reinvigorated the focus on volunteer support by the National Office professional staff.
Tom joined the AYSO National Office in 2003 as director of Volunteer Services. His responsibilities expanded regularly since then to oversee a wide variety of projects and programs for the organization including staff management of the AYSO National Coaching, Referee and Management programs.
He has also been an AYSO volunteer for over 25 years, having served the organization as a referee, coach, Regional Commissioner and a variety of other local and national roles.
A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Broadcasting, he and his wife, Marilyn, moved to Los Angeles in 1973 so he could attend the University of Southern California Film School. He graduated from USC in 1975 with a Masters Degree in Cinema.
He and Marilyn live in San Pedro, Calif. They have two adult daughters who are former AYSO players.