Kowba, enters his 14th year with the franchise in 2019 and was promoted to assistant general manager/director of soccer operations in December 2014. Kowba was named MLS Team Administrator of the Year by his peers and league staff three times (2007-2009). He was promoted to Manager, Team Operations during the 2010 season and to Director, Soccer Operations during the 2011 season. In his new role, Kowba oversees the day-to-day administrative duties of the Dynamo first team, but is also involved with the scouting of players both foreign and domestic. Before the team’s relocation from San Jose, Kowba worked for the San Jose Earthquakes as the Grassroots Soccer Coordinator, where he developed, coordinated and delivered elements associated with the youth soccer partnership program and grassroots soccer efforts in the Bay Area.
Prior to joining the Earthquakes in 2005, Kowba was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of California-Santa Cruz, for two seasons after graduating with a degree in sociology in 2003. While attending UC-Santa Cruz, Kowba was a four-year student-athlete and three-year starter for the men’s soccer program, coached by former San Jose Earthquakes player and current Dynamo Academy director Paul Holocher.
While living in Santa Cruz, Kowba was involved in the development of local soccer players, coaching and mentoring youth from the Catalyst Soccer Club and Santa Cruz Breakers. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding and playing golf. Originally from Encinitas, Calif., Kowba and his wife Meredith have one daughter, Clara Rose.