The Columbus Crew announced Monday morning that they have parted ways with team President Mark McCullers. After 15 years with the Crew, McCullers will finish his tenure April 30.
"Mark and I had the chance to speak this past weekend, and based upon that conversation, I told him that we would not be extending his contract with the Crew," club owner Anthony Precourt told TheCrew.com. "When we purchased the Crew, we said that we would evaluate the club in a thoughtful and thorough manner. After nearly eight months at the helm of the club, Mark and I both agreed that it would make sense for the organization to go in a different direction, so he offered me his resignation, which I accepted."
McCullers began his tenure with the Black and Gold in December of 1998 to oversee the development of Columbus Crew Stadium, which opened the following summer. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in January 2001 and eventually to General Manager in July of 2004.
Before coming to the Crew, McCullers served nine years on the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission as Event Manager for RFK Stadium and the D.C. Armory and then as Assistant Stadium Manager.
"I want to thank Anthony and Precourt Sports Ventures for giving me the opportunity to continue to run this team after the purchase from Hunt Sports Group," McCullers said.
"I am proud of the legacy moments in club history that I have been part of over the past 15 years. I most cherish the personal and professional relationships that I have developed in this community and it has been my honor to represent this club. I wish Anthony, our front office and the team nothing but success as they work to bring another MLS Cup back to Columbus."
Precourt and his Precourt Sports Venture purchased the Crew on July 29, 2013. After parting ways with Head Coach Robert Warzycha, Precourt hired Gregg Berhalter as the new coach and Sporting Director during the offseason. He has also provided many renovations to Columbus Crew Stadium, including a new scoreboard that was debuted during Saturday's home opener.
Precourt will assume the role of club President with the day-to-day operations as a national search begins for McCullers' replacement.
"Just like the process that led us to hire Gregg Berhalter, we will conduct a thoughtful and thorough search for a new leader of the club," said Precourt. "We have no timetable to find a replacement, and while I have tried to be open and engaged with our fans, partners, and staff, this transition gives me an even greater opportunity to be hands-on in the evolution and management of the Crew. We have a talented and committed executive team, so I look forward to working more directly with them during this transitional period, which will afford PSV a chance to find a new day-to-day lead executive."