PASL Brings in Two New Advisors

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For Immediate Release:

The PASL is pleased to welcome two new advisors Chris Hanlon (Springfield Demize) and Brian Cushing (Houston Bolt) ahead of releasing the first wave of approved Professional Men's teams for the 2023-2024 season later this week.

Chris Hanlon brings pedigree as a player, coach, and executive to the PASL. As a youth player, Hanlon won at the state, regional, and national levels, eventually both playing and coaching in the Olympic Development program. Additionally, he still ranks in the top ten all-time goalkeeping categories at the University of Pittsburgh.

Following his playing career that included time in the USISL, MISL, and PASL Pro, he assumed coaching roles at Drake University, Grandview College, and Missouri State University. In 2004, he founded the Demize Soccer organization, which claimed the PASL national title in 2020 and the MASL 3 Midwest title in 2022. The Demize currently have multiple alumni playing the MASL 1st division. Hanlon also joined the Upstart Athletics organization as a Director of Coaching of FC Horizon in 2023.

"It's motivating to be able to utilize my 20 plus years of experience playing and coaching to help further develop the Indoor soccer as part of the PASL ecosystem and continue to integrate the USA 567 association", said Hanlon. He continued, "...I am excited to create a pathway for our players into the national team and the Major Arena Soccer League 1."

Brian Cushing also brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and executive. A former professional player for clubs in the EISL, NPSL, MISL, and eventually the MASL, he has firsthand experience in the player development journey and the opportunities for improvement. Cushing has also coached thousands of youth players, served as Head Coach of the Houston Bolt (2019-2023) and now as General Manager he looks forward to helping shape the future of Arena Soccer: “I am excited for this opportunity to help share my vision for this sport", he said. Cushing continued, " I look forward to helping provide additional growth for players to showcase their skills on a bigger stage.”

Hanlon and Cushing join a formidable team of advisors dedicated to shaping the future of Arena Soccer beyond the 2023-2024 season. PASL Commissioner Devon Joslin shared his thoughts on the new Senior Leadership, saying, "Working with Chris [Hanlon] and Brian [Cushing], formerly at the MLIS and now at the PASL, has been a pleasure." He continued, "We share a common vision for growth in this space. I firmly believe that the success of our organization requires a humble approach to management—a commitment to identifying the best advisors, listening to them, empowering them to innovate, and providing the necessary support to bring their ideas to fruition. It is a collaborative effort, and I am grateful to welcome these two exceptionally talented individuals to our advisory team at the PASL."

Notably, Hanlon and Cushing will serve as advisors not only to the PASL but also in a direct capacity to Devon Joslin and JosVon Holdings on future soccer investments.

The PASL is set to unveil the first wave of approved Men's Professional teams this Friday. With numerous teams in the Men's and Women's divisions eagerly seeking to join the rejuvenated PASL, along with upcoming league partnership announcements, an in-person owner's meeting, and a fresh league format, there is much to anticipate in the coming months.

Commissioner Joslin is very optimistic about the PASL'S 25th season, stating: "This news is just the beginning. Stay tuned."

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