|BG Soccer Club changes structure|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Friday, 24 May 2013 08:43|
The Bowling Green Soccer Club has changed its structure and increased its collaboration with the Bowling Green State University men's soccer program.
Greg Hennelly, assistant BGSU men's soccer coach, has been hired as the club's director of coaching. He will maintain the position as a supplement to his coaching position at BGSU. Adrian Turner has changed his title from director of coaching to technical director and BGSU's head men's soccer coach, Eric Nichols, will also serve on the club's leadership team as a technical consultant.
Nathan Richardson, president of the club's board of directors, said BGSU and the club have had a great collaboration since Nichols took over the BGSU program in 2009.
"We're eager to partner with anyone who really knows their stuff and is willing to reach out to a community club," Richardson said. "They seem to really get what youth soccer is about. And we're happy to help them grow as well. It's been synergy from the start and should continue that way for a long time to come."
As part of the structural changes, Richardson stepped down from his position as head of the club's development league, known as "D-League." He replaces former board president David Dupont, who will continue to be involved with the club.
Hennelly, a native of Akron, played two seasons at BGSU and graduated from the university in 2009. He started coaching with the Toledo Football Academy in 2007. He started as a staff coach, moved up to being the director of youth development and then the assistant director of coaching.
"I am excited for the opportunity to work with such a community-based organization. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience with youth soccer to help strengthen and build this already successful soccer club in Northwest Ohio," Hennelly said.
Richardson said the structural changes position the club well for the future.
"This would be the first time this area has had this kind of professional leadership. With Greg Hennelly as our full-time director of coaching, Eric Nichols as our technical consultant, while still maintaining our former director of coaching, Adrian Turner, as technical director, we suddenly have a soccer leadership arguably second to none in the area," Richardson said.
Despite the changes, Richardson said the club will be able to keep costs down for families.
"We've always tried to keep things simple and affordable and family friendly. So we've moved over the years step-by-step, growing numbers and the quality of soccer incrementally," Richardson said.
"This was a logical next step. And it's just that. Greg is not going to suddenly turn BGSC into a megaclub overnight. We're going to continue to offer a product that fits the wants and needs of the local community. Eventually, we'll win the Champions League. But, for now, we're happy to just be getting better and better every year."
BG Soccer Club has more than 80 players on its travel teams and more than 325 participants in its development league, up from 60 youth when the program first formed in 2007.
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