Former AFC Mobile player and captain Guillermo Lumbreras, Jr. is joining the board as the player relations officer.
Lumbreras captained the Azaleas for their first three seasons and has been a leader on and off the pitch. He was awarded the club’s first-ever Spirit of AFC Mobile award last season.
“I have dreamed of this moment since the day I joined the club as a player. My excitement, commitment, and dedication will not change in this new stage as a board member,” Lumbreras said. “I am honored to be able to continue to work with such an amazing group of people and stay close to the amazing fans we have. I cannot wait to hit the ground running to help the club continue to grow.”
“Memo has been everything we’ve wanted out of an AFC Mobile player and captain, and we’re thrilled to add him to our ownership,” said AFC Mobile CFO Sean Landry. “He has always represented us in a first-class way, and his intelligence, community ties, passion, and heart will make him an invaluable asset to this club as we work to solidify our position in the NPSL and build for the future.”
Lumbreras is replacing AFC Mobile co-founder Zach Taylor. Taylor played a vital role in the formation of AFC Mobile, becoming the club’s first player relations officer, aiding in the club’s recruitment of local players, and ensuring the team’s on-field and training needs were provided for. Taylor became a permanent presence on the team’s bench during the club’s inaugural season, handling pre-match and in-match logistics.
“I am proud to have been a part of this club. It was a life-changing experience that I will cherish for as long as I live,” said Taylor. “To see what we built together come this far is a sight to see. I’m saddened to make the decision to step away from the club, but with the distance, my career has put between Mobile and myself, the time has come for the club to move forward.”
Taylor was instrumental in bringing Lumbreras to the AFC Mobile family.
“Guillermo is a close personal friend of mind as well as a leader in the soccer community, and I cannot think of a better individual to take my place. I know he has a vision for how he can contribute, and I know he will be a great addition to AFC Mobile,” Taylor said.
Lumbreras joins the AFC Mobile board with eight other members: president Abram Chamberlain, vice president Jeff Garl, chief financial officer Sean Landry, general counsel Patrick Dungan, director of marketing and game-day operations JT Clark, director of communications Mitchell Kahalley, director of digital communications Dan McMillan, and supporter liaison Michael Lynch.