FRISCO, Texas (April 6, 2010) – US Youth Soccer proudly names Jason Vanacour to the newly created position of general counsel in the US Youth Soccer national office in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
He will be responsible for overseeing US Youth Soccer's legal interests and maintaining its operations within the scope established by law. Vanacour will identify and analyze legal matters, draft key documents, present recommendations and assure legal compliance.
Vanacour joins US Youth Soccer from Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Phoenix where he was a litigation attorney since October 2003. While representing a diverse group of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, his practice at Snell & Wilmer focused on complex civil litigation matters, including breach of contract, trade secrets, unfair competition, uniform commercial code and business torts. Additionally, Vanacour assisted clients with corporate governance issues, which included preparing companies for litigation in the electronic discovery age.
"Jason's extensive legal and soccer backgrounds as well as his understanding of and dedication to US Youth Soccer's programs make him a great asset to our organization and the national office staff," Jim Cosgrove, executive director, said.
He is a member of the bar in the State of Arizona and was admitted in 2003. He will be admitted to the Texas bar in 2010. Vanacour is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the committee on pretrial practice and the electronic discovery sub-committee.
Vanacour received his J.D. from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He received his bachelors' degrees in political science and economics from Stanford University where he played varsity soccer.
Vanacour has been active in US Youth Soccer serving as president of Arizona Youth Soccer Association, a proud member of US Youth Soccer. He was also involved in committees at the regional and national level for US Youth Soccer.
"US Youth Soccer has provided me a great opportunity to continue my involvement within the organization," Vanacour said. "My participation in US Youth Soccer began as a player and again as a volunteer and State Association board member. I look forward to furthering the mission of the organization and helping to shape the experiences of all involved."
As a player, Vanacour participated in US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program in Arizona and went to the US Youth Soccer National Championships in 1987 with the Cisco Lightning to play for the Larry Harmon Cup (formerly D.J. Niotis Cup).
He was involved with U.S. National Team programs from 1990-1996 and played professionally, both indoor and outdoor, from 1993 to 2001.
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