Assistant GM Perry Van Der Beck no longer with Rowdies
Perry Van Der Beck has resigned as the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ assistant general manager and vice president of community relations. Van Der Beck, an original member of the Rowdies after he was drafted by the club out of high school in 1978, made the announcement in an email to friends and colleagues recently.
“My decision to step aside from the Rowdies was one of the most difficult I have ever made in my soccer life and it was done with very serious consideration,” Van Der Beck wrote in the email. “I have been associated with the club through numerous owners and over 38 years; while I may no longer be in the Rowdies’ front office - my heart will never leave the Rowdies.”
Van Der Beck, 56, was the last link between the original Rowdies and the current NASL club. Farrukh Quraishi, also an original Rowdie, was brought in as general manager in 2014, then fired by owner Bill Edwards a year later.
Van Der Beck has been involved in professional soccer in Tampa Bay for more than 30 years. He last played for the Rowdies in 1991. He was also with MLS’ Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1998 and took over as interim head coach in 2001 before the team folded. In 2008, he joined the USL’s FC Tampa Bay as technical director. He was an interim head coach in 2010 before rejoining the front office.
Van Der Beck did not return a call for comment.
Edwards put out a statement on Van Der Beck’s resignation.
“Perry Van Der Beck, the Tampa Bay Rowdies Assistant GM and Vice President of Community Relations, has decided to leave the Rowdies to pursue other opportunities. On behalf of the Rowdies organization and all its fans, we thank Perry for all he has done for the club over his many years of loyal service and we all wish Perry nothing but the best in his future endeavors.’’
No replacement for Van Der Beck has been announced.