MEET THE ECNL STAFF

PRESIDENT // Christian Lavers

Christian Lavers is the President and CEO of the ECNL, and was one of the founders of both the girls and boys leagues. Lavers is also the Director of Coaching and Methodology at FC Wisconsin, with experience coaching in youth, collegiate, and professional soccer, and has worked as US Club Soccer’s Executive Vice President overseeing league development, the id2 Program, and other technical areas. Previously, Lavers was a corporate and IP attorney representing both small businesses and Fortune 100 companies.

VICE PRESIDENT // Douglas Bracken

Doug Bracken is the Vice President of the ECNL, and was one of the founders of both the girls and boys leagues. Bracken is also the Director of Coaching and one of the founders of Ohio Elite Soccer Academy in Cincinnati, OH. He has over 25 years of experience coaching in youth and collegiate soccer. Bracken played collegiately at Ashland University along with a brief professional career in the USISL.

GIRLS COMMISSIONER // Jen Winnagle

Jen Winnagle is the ECNL Girls Commissioner, becoming only the second commissioner in league history in 2016. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, she was a member of the women’s soccer team. After her collegiate playing career, she went on to coach at the University of Richmond for five seasons. In 2012, she left college coaching and took a position in development and donor relations in the VCU Athletics Department. Jen began her career in the ECNL in 2014 as the league’s first Member Services Manager.

BOYS COMMISSIONER // Jason Kutney

Jason Kutney is the ECNL Boys Commissioner, a position he took in early 2019 with a focus on expanding the League to meet the needs of the nation’s top youth athletes. Previously, Kutney was the Sporting Director and CEO of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 for his involvement in the Highmark Stadium project, after a 9-year professional playing career in the A-League and USL.

EVENTS DIRECTOR // Marisa Leconte

Marisa Leconte is the ECNL Events Director, and has been with the ECNL since 2014. Prior to her position with the ECNL, Marisa worked in athletics at the University of Minnesota and at United Soccer Coaches (previously the NSCAA) in the Coaching Education Department. Marisa attended Marshall University (Go Herd), where she played on the women’s soccer team.

GIRLS MARKETING MANAGER // Michael Joyce

Michael Joyce is entering his second year as the ECNL Girls Marketing Manager and is a graduate of Northeastern University. Originally from Queens, New York, he previously held senior-level marketing positions in a variety of industries, ranging from intellectual property law to startups in the tech-software space. Michael decided to leave the corporate world and focus on turning his passion into a profession by entering the sports world.

BOYS MARKETING MANAGER // Andrea Wheeler

Andrea Wheeler joined the ECNL as the Boys Marketing Manager after serving as the Director of Creative Services and Emerging Media at Alabama State University Department of Athletics. Prior to ASU, at Bethune-Cookman University, she assisted in the design and approval for new Athletic Department logos, while leading the creative staff in re-branding campaigns, including a new department-wide theme and visual identity. She also served as the Assistant Sports Information Director at her alma mater North Carolina Central University (2013-15), where she was a softball student-athlete.

MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER // Kristin Brunner

Kristin Brunner is entering her fifth year as the ECNL Member Services Manager. Prior to joining the ECNL, Kristin was a high school Social Studies teacher specializing in US/VA Government in Northern Virginia. Kristin attended George Mason University, obtaining her BA in History and Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction while playing for Mason’s women’s soccer team.

MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER // Becca Wenger

Becca Wenger enters her first season with the ECNL as the Member Services Manager after a year at the Richmond Flying Squirrels. She graduated from Roanoke College in 2018 where she studied Sport Management and Business Administration while also playing on the softball team. Becca earned her master’s degree in 2019 from the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU.

GIRLS EVENTS COORDINATOR // Jenn Wittick

Jenn Wittick is The ECNL Girls Events Coordinator. She started at the ECNL in January 2019 after completing her master’s degree from the University of Louisville. Prior to Louisville, she studied Sport Management at Georgia Southern University, while competing on the women’s soccer team.

BOYS EVENTS COORDINATOR // Caitlyn Flores

Caitlyn Flores is the ECNL Boys Events Coordinator. She joined the ECNL in February 2019 and will complete her master’s degree from the Center of Sport Leadership at VCU in December 2020. Prior to VCU, she studied Sports Administration at the University of Louisville where she played for a brief stint and then worked for the women’s soccer team.

GIRLS SELECTION COORDINATOR // Blayne Fink

Blayne Fink is the ECNL Selection Program Coordinator and recently expanded her role to assist with ECNL Regional League event operations. Before joining the league in November 2019, Blayne worked as an instructor of public speaking in Virginia Tech’s Department of Communication while completing her Master’s degree. Prior to this, she studied multimedia journalism and business leadership at Virginia Tech while competing on the nationally ranked women’s soccer team.