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Driessen Named VP at Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC is pleased to announce Koen Driessen as the club’s first Vice President.

“I have worked with Koen for several years now and I have seen him grow a lot since he first started,” President Mike Mossel concluded. “He really understands how to built a network and what it takes to make a franchise successful. He also brings several years of Dutch Lions experience to Cincinnati and above all he has an ‘orange heart.’ I look very much forward to working together with him in making the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC a strong Dutch Lions franchise.”

Driessen has been an employee of the Dayton Dutch Lions for the past two years, starting in the role of Business Manager before being promoted to Business and Stadium Development Manager. He has been tasked with the organization, execution, and overall performance of the three business units: Marketing, Sales and Media Relations as well as leading plans for new franchises and a stadium in the Dayton area.

Photos Courtesy of Dayton Dutch Lions FC

He is no stranger to the world of sports management. Driessen was an Assistant Manager at Global Sports Communication, working as a sports agent for 120 world-class athletes from 24 different countries. These athletes went on to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and European Championships.  He also worked for Inter Football/Number 10, a leading sports marketing company after being employed by one of the largest youth soccer organizations in the state of California.

“I am honored and thrilled that the organization gives me the chance to become Vice President of the Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC,” Driessen commented. “I will be responsible for the total organization in combination with being Business Development Manager and Stadium Development Manager inDayton. I am looking forward to bring this franchise to the highest level both on and off the field.”

Driessen has a strong vision for the future of the Cincinnati franchise. Giving local talent a chance to play in a high quality environment is a major priority as is providing a gateway to the professional level. The Dutch Lions can offer PDL players many opportunities, hopefully sending them to USL PRO, MLS, or even Europe thanks to their numerous partnerships and affiliations.

He believes strongly in the Cincinnati market, thanks to the quality soccer programs already in the region as well as strong local businesses that can help the sport grow. Engaging local universities will provide innovate, ambitious students with opportunities to work with those experienced in the field.

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions will begin play in the Premier Development League in 2014.

ISN and the Dutch Lions Join Forces

International Soccer Network, LLC (ISN) is proud to announce that they have entered into a strategic media partnership with the Dayton and Cincinnati Dutch Lions.

“We are very excited to partner with the Dutch Lions,” ISN Founder Gary L. Moody Jr. stated. “They are a model franchise, an organization with a clear vision for growing the beautiful game here in North America. The Dutch Lions are leaders in the sport, focused on strategic growth and player development.”

The Dutch Lions brand is one of the most highly regarded in North America, one with international ties to legendary Dutch side FC Twente. The Dutch Lions have made incredible strides in American soccer since their launch in 2009, growing into multiple teams that participate in the highest level of competition available. This includes involvement in USL PRO, Premier Development League (PDL), USL W-League, USL Super-20 League, and USL Super Y-League.

“I am extremely happy that ISN will be our official media partner for the Dutch Lions F.C.,” Dutch Lions Business and Stadium Development Manager Koen Driessen stated. “I saw immediately the extra value of ISN after I got in contact with Gary Moody. His passion, professionalism, and expertise will capture every moment of the Dutch Lions FC to bring the fans a step closer to the game.”

ISN will be working with the Dutch Lions in two major areas. First, ISN and its network of sites will carry exclusive and comprehensive coverage for the Dutch Lions.  From player features to match reports to regular branded columns, will be the source for everything related to the Dutch Lions.

Second, ISN will serve as a consultant to the organization in matters of media/public relations and marketing. Major plans are underway to upgrade the fan experience through enhanced social media campaigns, improved content for club websites, and development of new media platforms and applications. Building further relationships with local and national media is also a priority for both organizations as they strive to develop brand awareness in a broader context.

This agreement will be executed immediately as both sides begin preparation for the 2014 season.