Everton have hired former United States Olympic Committee director Peter Vint as their new academy director.
Vint, whose title with the USOC was senior director of competitive analysis, research and innovation, specialises in performance analysis and sports science and he was part of the backroom team that helped USA secure 64 medals at the 2012 Olympics in London.
"The reputation of Everton Football Club and its academy is world-renowned and I am really excited about beginning my work at the club," Vint said on the Toffees' official website.
"Everton has an unparalleled history and an inspiring connection to the local community. The club also takes great pride in finding and developing exceptional young footballers and placing academy graduates on a path towards our first team."
The likes of Ross Barkley, Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning have all broken into the first team in recent years and manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful players can continue to come through the ranks under Vint's guidance.
"What Peter will bring is the extra, invaluable element of performance to allow our young players and staff to become as good as they can be in their jobs," the Spaniard said.
"This club has a long tradition of being pioneering in football and so we are genuinely excited about an appointment that is progressive in the British game, an appointment that I think will benefit our development pathway immensely."