OL Reign have hired Nick Perera, a veteran indoor soccer player and executive director of Washington Youth Soccer, as their general manager, the club announced Wednesday.

Perera, 35, will be responsible for the overall management of the soccer operations at OL Reign.

“We are excited to add Nick as the general manager of OL Reign,” CEO Vincent Berthillot said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of valuable experience to the team and has incredible passion for the game. Nick’s values and goals fit well with our mission here at OL Reign, and he is an experienced leader. We are confident that he will positively contribute to our club from a soccer perspective but also to the culture of our club.”

Born in Madrid, Spain, Perera spent much of his childhood in Belgium. He is, according to his LinkedIn page, fluent in six languages (English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese).

As an amateur player, he walked on to the UC Santa Barbara men’s soccer team and a year later was the College Cup’s most outstanding offensive player while leading the Gauchos to their first NCAA championship in 2006.

He has played professional indoor soccer for 11 years, and since 2018 he has been a player, head coach and GM of the Tacoma Stars, a Major Arena Soccer League club. According to the team website, he has led the team in scoring in each of the past four season, and he has 13 goals and 12 assists in 12 games this season.

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Perera is also the captain of the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team and an elected member of the U.S. Soccer Athlete Council.

He lives in Bellevue with his wife, Michelle, and their two children, Sofia and Theo.

“I’m really excited to connect with our world-class staff and players,” Perera said in a statement. “Simply put: My goal for the organization is success. Success is not a one-dimensional concept. We want to win games and championships, but it is also about strategic planning to ensure long-term viability. I want to work towards effectively preparing our organization for sustained success, not only in player and staff retention and recruitment, but also by elevating operational standards across the board.”