St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies named former player Perry Van Der Beck as general manager. He was executive vice president, technical director, and director of player development.
"Perry is the perfect man to lead the Rowdies into this new era," said club owner and chairman Bill Edwards. "His personal history with the team, along with his passion, vision and proven track record at developing young talent, will help him build a perennial winner here in Tampa Bay."
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity," said Van Der Beck. "The Rowdies organization has held a special place in my heart for the last 35 years, and we're blessed with the most boisterous, enthusiastic fans in all of NASL. We captured the Soccer Bowl Championship in 2012, and my entire staff is focused on returning the championship trophy to Tampa Bay - where it belongs."
Perry began his pro career with the Rowdies in 1978. He was captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic soccer team, and U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in 1984.