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December 7, 2023

Former WooSox executive named chief of staff for new Boston women’s pro soccer team

A woman stands in front of a white background Image | Courtesy of Elevate Communications Kim Minor, the new chief of staff for the NWSL's Boston franchise

Kim Miner, the former executive vice president and general counsel for the Worcester Red Sox, has been hired as the chief of staff for Boston Unity Soccer Partners, an enterprise awarded a franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League. 

As chief of staff, Miner will be responsible for maintaining relationships with team stakeholders and will be involved in the development of the team’s branding and strategy, according to a press release issued Wednesday. She will report directly to BUSP Controlling Partner Jennifer Epstein.

“We’re thrilled to have someone with Kim’s extraordinary background and experience as a cornerstone member of our team,” Epstein said in the release. “Our goal is to build a championship-caliber franchise that the region will be proud of, both on the pitch and in the community. Kim’s demonstrated success in establishing a team that reflects its local community will play a crucial role in building our footprint in the market.” 

Miner first joined the WooSox in 2016 when the club was still the Pawtucket Red Sox. She was a member of WBJ’s 2021 40 Under Forty class

“It’s thrilling to get in on the ground floor and help bring Boston Unity Soccer Partners’ vision to life on the pitch and in the community,” Miner said in the release. “What excites me about this role is having the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on the city’s sports landscape. Boston sports fans are among the most passionate and savvy in the U.S. and I’m eager to get to work building another championship club for the region.” 

Expected to begin play in 2026, the currently unnamed NWSL Boston franchise will play in White Stadium, a publicly owned, 10,519-seat facility constructed in 1945 in Boston’s Franklin Park. 

The City of Boston announced in July that the stadium will undergo an estimated $30-million renovation to accommodate the team’s needs via a public-private partnership. Boston’s fiscal 2024 budget proposes $10.5 million to fund the design, according to the city’s website. The stadium will continue to be utilized for Boston Public Schools athletics following the renovation.  

The NWSL was founded in 2012 and is the nation’s top division of professional women’s soccer. Headquartered in New York City, the league has 14 franchises throughout the country. The new franchise led by BUSP will be the region’s second NWSL franchise; the now-defunct Boston Breakers were founded in 2007 and played in the NWSL from 2013 to 2017. 

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