D.C. United have announced the hiring of Stewart Mairs as Director of Soccer Strategy and Analysis. Mairs, formerly of Prozone Sports, will focus on recruitment of new talent for United and oversee advanced scouting and preparation for upcoming matches. In this new role, he will report directly to Dave Kasper, the club’s General Manager and Vice President of Soccer Operations.
“We are excited to have Stewart join our Technical Staff,” Kasper said. “I have consulted with him on various analytics projects during the past several years, and his work has been outstanding. Stewart’s expertise will provide tremendous value analyzing our performance in games and in training, preparing for upcoming opponents, and in doing diligence and analysis in player recruitment.”
In addition to working for Prozone, the performance analysis and statistics company based in the UK, Mairs also worked as a consultant and as head of performance analysis for the U.S. Women’s National Team. During his time with the USWNT, he provided technical and tactical analysis of player and team strategy, helping the team to the 2015 World Cup championship as well as the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
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Since 2004, Mairs worked at Prozone Sports, and handled everything from providing performance analysis support for national soccer teams, to business development in the Middle East and managing more than 120 clients (including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Federation, MLS teams and various universities).
He holds an International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS) Level 6 certification, the second-highest degree available from the society, and graduated from the University of Hull with BSc Honors in Sports Science and Biology.