Oliver Luck resigns as Dynamo President/GM

Luck accepts the position as Athletic Director at West Virginia

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Photo Credit: 
Jonathan Kaplan / HoustonDynamo.com

Houston Dynamo President and General Manager Oliver Luck has
accepted
the position of Athletic Director at West Virginia University, it was
announced
today.

Luck’s resignation from his current
position with the Dynamo will become effective on July 1, 2010 with Luck
agreeing to remain with the Houston MLS franchise during a transitional
period.  Chief Operating Officer Chris Canetti
will continue to oversee all aspects of the Dynamo business, including
sales,
marketing, communications, broadcasting, operations, team administration
and
youth development.

“I would like to thank AEG for
giving me the privilege of leading the Dynamo over the last
four and a
half seasons,” said Luck.  “Soccer has a very bright future in Houston,
and I wish the
organization nothing but the best moving forward.  Both the Dynamo and
the City
of Houston will
always occupy a very special place in my heart.”

“We certainly view Oliver’s departure with mixed
emotions,” said Timothy J. Leiweke, president & CEO of AEG,
owner/operators of the Houston Dynamo along with Oscar
De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions and businessman Gabriel Brener. 
“Oliver
and the management team he assembled when we moved the franchise to
Houston did an exceptional
job of establishing the Dynamo as an organization that the entire City
and
League could be very proud of.”

Luck was named the first president and
general manager of the Dynamo on December 15, 2005.  Under his tenure,
the
franchise won consecutive MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007, becoming only the
second
team in league history to do so.  Luck was also pivotal in securing both
a
soccer-specific stadium and a brand-new practice facility for the club.