FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15th, 2018
Gwinnett Soccer Academy is pleased to announce the following leadership placements for the 2018-19 seasonal year. The individuals below have shown a remarkable amount of passion for the youth soccer community within Gwinnett County and the surrounding areas, and we are proud to have them continue to build and develop young people in our community.
Boys Academy Director – North: Karl Hedley will be leading the Boys Academy at Rabbit Hill Park our North branch. Karl has been with GSA since 2006, and has developed some amazing talent over his tenure. Most recently he led our 13U Pre-ECNL Boys Team to the Disney Showcase Championship, Classic I Championship, and pre-qualification through National League play for the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships in late June. When asked what it meant to be a part of GSA, he responded: “I am proud to be a part of a club that is focused on developing great individuals as well as great players. GSA is more than a club.. it’s a culture!”. Karl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys Academy Director – South: Dusty Fouser joined GSA last year, and led an incredibly talented 9U Boys Academy age group in addition to some older Select teams. Dusty came to us with an eager attitude to make GSA everything it can be. In addition to the Boys Academy Director position, Dusty will also be leading the 10U and 12U Boys Academy age groups. When asked what it meant to be a part of GSA, he responded: “As a coach, any chance to positively impact a child and help instill a passion for the game of soccer is a wonderful feeling. GSA is a special place for many current and former athletes and I am thankful for the opportunity GSA has given me by trusting me to guide the next generation. I began playing at GSA and loved it from the beginning. I now hope to provide the same level of enjoyment to our current members. The rich history and family feel that GSA leaves in your heart is contagious and I am excited to be a part of such a prestigious organization.”. Dusty can be reached at email@example.com.
Girls Academy Director – North: Nate Umberg has been a critical part of the spine of the GSA North branch since 2007. As a former Georgia Southern player, Nate continued living his passion in the game through coaching. Nate has primarily coached girls from 11U-15U; within this niche, he has helped develop countless young ladies, many of whom have gone on to play soccer at the highest levels. When asked what it meant to be a part of GSA, he responded: “I am excited to be a part of the GSA family and the opportunity to work with our youth players to maximize their abilities on and off the field.” Nate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls Academy Director – South: Craig Lovingood has been developing young people at GSA since 2009. Craig has been an integral part of developing some of the most successful teams in GSA history both at the Academy and Select levels. Craig has also been an incredible addition to the South Branch turf management team; the fields this year at South have never looked better! When asked what it meant to be a part of GSA, he responded: “I am extremely excited for my role and the future of GSA. Our goal is to continue developing hard working, dedicated, and intelligent you players at all levels!”. Craig can be reached at email@example.com.
Branch Director – GSA North: Steven Fraser has held a variety of positions at GSA North since 2006; most recently, Steven was the Academy Director for the North Branch. Steve has coached at every youth level imaginable from Boys ECNL to leading our 07U Recreation Pool Training program. Steve will be tasked with overseeing the day to day operations of programs operating out of Rabbit Hill and Rhodes Jordan Parks. When asked what it meant to be a part of GSA, he responded: “Having seen an amazing evolution over the years, I am reminded everyday of how lucky I am to be a part of such a special organization and surrounded by such amazing people at GSA. Not many people get to wake up and live their passion through their work. I am blessed to be one of the fortunate few, and I only hope along the way, I can inspire a few others to live theirs!.” Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys ECNL Director: Jason Smith comes to GSA with over 25 years of combined coaching experience at the professional, college, and youth levels. . With stints in the college game at Piedmont and Pfeiffer and several years as the head coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks, Jason has valuable perspective for our players. As a head coach in the 2006 Boys ODP age group and many years coaching within the ECNL platform, Jason has been developing young talent for many years. When asked what it meant to be a part of GSA, he responded: “I am extremely excited to join the coaching staff at Gwinnett Soccer Academy. GSA has a long and prestigious history within the soccer community. I look forward to being a part of the club’s continued success while assisting in the development of young players. I have no doubt the combination of our collective experience, commitment, and work ethic will meet the needs of our membership and improve our already successful soccer program”. Jason can be reached at email@example.com.
About GSA: GSA is a place where children from all walks of life can learn, embrace, and compete in the game of soccer. GSA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Greater Gwinnett area through the sport of soccer. We believe that by working with all members of our community, we can make a significant impact in the lives of others.