North Texas Soccer Welcomes Back One of Its Own

David Messersmith, former head of US Youth Soccer,
named NTSSA Executive Director

Around the global soccer world, the summer months mark the prime transfer season, as teams from all six soccer-playing continents shop for the best available talent to bolster their chances at league and Cup titles in the coming year.

While it may not garner the same headlines as Argentine Sergio Aguero’s reported $35 million transfer to English power Manchester City, North Texas Soccer made quite the acquisition of its own this summer, naming David Messersmith to the position of Executive Director.

Of course, Messersmith is a familiar name to any local youth soccer enthusiast — the Texas native spent six years as President of North Texas Soccer from 1994-2000, before moving 17 miles up the Dallas North Tollway to become President of US Youth Soccer, a position he held from 2000-06. He also served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Soccer Federation from 1998-2006 and has been a member of the US Soccer Foundation's Board of Directors since 2000.

Both organizations saw tremendous growth during his tenures. As President of the North Texas Soccer Board of Directors, Messersmith helped grow North Texas into one of the nation’s largest and most successful youth soccer organizations, and helped forge relationships with the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) upon their inception in 1996 that have benefited thousands of soccer players and their families. While serving as President of US Youth Soccer, Messersmith helped to significantly expand the organization’s public profile through developments like the US Youth Soccer Show on Fox Soccer Channel and the creation of Youth Soccer Month, and oversaw the growth of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and other national developmental programs.

A graduate of Texas-Arlington’s accounting program, Messersmith also has more than three decades of experience in the finance world, having owned his own accounting and tax firm and served as chair of US Youth Soccer’s Audit Committee and Budget Committee.

In addition to experience on the executive side of the game, he has also worked as a youth soccer coach, parent and grandparent. Messersmith and his wife, Crystal, currently reside in McKinney, and have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

"We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to welcome David back into our organization in an executive capacity," said current North Texas Soccer President Billy Babcock. "His experience at the highest levels of the youth game in the United States, his in-depth knowledge of our state association and his extensive background in business and finance make him the ideal person to lead our state office during a dynamic time within our organization. I look forward to working with him and welcoming him back into our soccer family."

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