We have all been wondering what the future holds for Jack Jewsbury following his retirement this season and now the Portland Timbers have announced that Captain Jack will be staying on with the team as the organization’s Director of Business Development.
While Jewsbury will not have a direct impact on the Timbers’ on-field product in this role, he will still be a part of the club’s relationship with the community, acting as an official ambassador for the club’s Stand Together community platform, which is involved in a number of different community driven initiatives, as well as helping to develop new sponsorship opportunities in his primary role.
Jewsbury played 157 matches for the Timbers and 352 matches total in Major League Soccer, the ninth most in MLS history. Most recently, Jewsbury again stepped up for the Timbers and made 23 appearances for the side in 2016, stepping in to play alongside Diego Chara during the Timbers’ late push for a playoff berth.
The Timbers’ press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers announced today that the club has named Jack Jewsbury its director of business development. One of only 10 MLS players to play 350 or more games in league history, Jewsbury joins the Timbers’ front office staff after an accomplished 14-year playing career that included an MLS Cup championship and a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy.
In his new role with Portland, Jewsbury will serve as a project lead for the club’s corporate partnerships department, helping develop new sponsorship opportunities. Additionally, in this role, Jewsbury becomes an official ambassador for Portland’s community platform, Stand Together, and will serve as the lead spokesperson for Stand Together Week, as well as working as the project lead for the club’s Fields for All project, the Rose City Road Trip and other regional and statewide outreach initiatives.
“All of us at the Timbers are so pleased that Jack will be staying with the organization as director of business development,” said Mike Golub, president of business for the Timbers. “We know that he will bring to his new role the same passion, commitment and teamwork that made him so successful as a player.”
Jewsbury, who announced his retirement as a player on Sept. 18, 2016, is one of just three players in league history to play 150 or more games with two different clubs in the league, ranking ninth in MLS history for games played (352). Joining the Timbers ahead of their MLS expansion season in 2011, the 35-year-old tallied 157 appearances (139 starts) in six seasons with Portland, including 26 appearances (18 starts) in the team’s MLS Cup-winning campaign in 2015.
“It’s been an amazing six years playing for this club, and I’m thrilled to be continuing with the Timbers in my new role as director of business development,” said Jewsbury, who holds a business degree from Saint Louis University. “I’ve always been interested in the business side of the sport, and I’m excited to begin the next phase of my career.”
Jewsbury earned MLS All-Star honors in 2011, playing against Manchester United on July 27, 2011, after being voted to the First XI as one of the top vote-getters in the league. Additionally, Jewsbury was named Timbers’ Players’ Player of the Year in 2011 and was the recipient of the club’s Unsung Hero award in 2013.
In his final season with Portland in 2016, Jewsbury appeared in 23 games (17 starts), starting 11 consecutive games late in the season, while also tallying one goal and two assists in his final MLS campaign as a player.