Union Station has scored a big real estate goal, netting the headquarters of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as an office tenant.
The association, which has 30,000 coaches at all levels worldwide as members, is at 800 Ann Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. But it needed more space, and it is leasing 10,000 square feet on the third floor of Union Station being vacated by the Hubbell law firm.
The law firm is seeking new space but has not made a decision.
“From a professional standpoint, our association has grown dramatically over the past seven years, and we’ve outgrown this building,” said Joe Cummings, the chief executive of the soccer coaches association.
“They call our sport the beautiful game, and the opportunity to move this beautiful game to this beautiful building is one we are ecstatic over.”
George Guastello, Union Station’s president and chief executive, also was enthusiastic about landing the soccer association headquarters. It continues the hard-won status of keeping the historic building 100 percent occupied.
“Once again, Union Station proves to be Kansas City’s destination of choice,” Guastello said. “We are pleased to welcome the NSCAA during the 100th anniversary of the station.”
The coaches association was founded in 1941 as a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community. The association describes itself as the largest soccer coaches organization in the world.
It moved to this area in 1992 when it opened an office in Fairway. The organization bought its current building in 2007. Since then, its professional staff has grown to 19 full-time employees and seven college interns.
“The move to Union Station is hitting another milestone in the association’s 73-year history and will give us the resources to continue our work,” Cummings said.