BURIEN, WA—(club release) Highline Premier FC is pleased to announce the selection of Lee Hitchen as its new Club Director of Soccer Operations.
Lee comes to Highline Premier FC with an impressive background in athletic and academic administration. Additionally, Lee worked closely with US Soccer Federation regarding National Team training, and the Chicago Olympic bid team. While Athletic Director at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Lee built the men and women’s soccer programs and served as the head coach for both teams, helping the men’s team to a conference championship within six years of inception, and was awarded Coach of the Year.
Lee’s playing experience consists of playing on the youth and reserve team for Blackburn Rovers FC. Collegiately, he played in the NCAA II, and semi-professionally for the Orlando Nighthawks FC (USISL).
In this role, Lee will steer the direction of our soccer program, lead daily operations, and manage the club’s coaching personnel, while working closely with the club’s Technical Director, TR Stoneback, and our Board of Directors. Lee’s assignment is effective immediately.
Highline Premier FC is thrilled to have someone with Lee’s extensive knowledge of athletic program management, college soccer recruitment, and his passion for the beautiful game. Lee comes to Highline Premier FC in an exciting time, showcasing a bright future that places the club’s leadership in very strong hands.
“Lee is a highly qualified individual with vast experience in building strong programs and whose abilities and vision will complement Highline’s community and player-development values. His leadership will ensure a strong future of growth for our program.” – Kaitlyn Jackson, HPFC Coach & Director of Goalkeeping
“The HPFC board and I are very proud to announce the hiring of our new Club Director, Lee Hitchen. I can’t think of a more exemplary and capable individual than Lee to represent our players, families, coaches, club, community, and region.” – Jason Woycke, HPFC President
Lastly, a word from Lee:
“I am incredibly excited and privileged to have been selected as the new Director of Soccer Operations for Highline Premier. The interview process was lengthy, as it should have been for such a position, and the board should be commended for that. HPFC has a rich history and tradition within the community and I am looking forward to being a part of it. These are exciting times for HPFC and the foundation is there to elevate the club to the heights that it deserves. I particularly liked the club focus on player development as evidenced by the inclusion of the Coerver curriculum for all players. I believe the very core and fabric of a club is player development and a mantra of “players first”. The mission of player development should be one of education. Education should be the club’s top priority along with a superior overall experience. An experience where excellence is at the heart of all we do and runs strongly within all those involved, coaches and players alike. I would like to say to all players both current and those contemplating HPFC, if you want to be the very best you can be as a player and you strive to play at the next level then HPFC is the place for you. I would like to thank the board for selecting me and I will give everything I have for the betterment of the club. I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as I can.” – Lee Hitchen, HPFC Club Director of Soccer Operations.