Welcome Mary !!
It's with great pleasure and excitement for the BOD to announce Mary Ireland as our new Vice President of WFC Board of Directors! (BOD) It's been a long journey to find the right person; as we wanted a mix of strong soccer knowledge, and the ability to lead & mentor WFC's paid coaching staff. Lastly, the ideal candidate needed to possess enthusiasm for the youth, and ability to execute on WFC initiatives so that we can continue to empower our players, coaches and families as a top select and premier club in our valley! It's a no brainer that Mary exhibits all of these skills - and her passion alone for WFC, soccer, and youth - coupled with her business and community engagement expertise is priceless!
High Level VP Responsibilities:
Mary Ireland was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley. She is a graduate of Eastmont High School and despite making her way back to the Wenatchee side, she will always be an Eastmont girl at heart. After a short career in health care, she decided to follow her passion and opened up MKC Photography Studio in 2006 and has continued to own and operate her business successfully for almost 14 years. During that time Mary has had her foot in coaching youth sports from Adaptive Swim Team, Mission Ridge Ski Team, and Wenatchee FC. Her passion for youth sports is something she has followed from the time she was a competitive ski racer, teaching ski lessons on the side at the age of 15. Mary realized early on the importance of a good coach and the impact that can have on the future love of sports for each kiddo she has had the opportunity to train. She feel’s her “super-power” is working with the youngest bunch of athletes and building the foundation of FUN, above and beyond anything else. While enjoying her time photographing the families of the Wenatchee Valley and coaching youth sports, Mary loves nothing more than to watch her own kids compete and participate in activities that they love. Mary’s oldest son Koren is almost 14, her daughter Teagan is 11, son Lachlan is 8, and she will be welcoming a baby girl this summer. Her husband Dan is an engineer with SCJ Alliance here in Wenatchee and they add a couple of labs into their crazy busy household just to keep things exciting.
On behalf of the WFC Board of Directors we’re excited to announce the appointment of our “Senior Technical Director” Anton McCourtie. Many folks in our valley have known Anton for several years as the coach of some of our older and very successful teams including the U-17 Girls, U-16 Boys and previously our U-18 Boys.
With WFC growing in size with our teams and coaching staff, in addition to the successful recruitment of our current Technical Director Josten Garalde, we were also considering someone to lead our older age groups. We knew we needed additional support to optimize for the club’s growth; ensuring that our coaches, players and staff were set up for success. We were seeking the appropriate experience, credentialing and knowledge of the game to amplify, support & develop our incredible platform of volunteer coaches – specifically our senior teams & tenured coaches. With Josten and Anton at the helm WFC will continue to work hard to ensure that we have this viable structure, and organization in our coaching.
A bit about Anton!
Anton grew up playing soccer at the highest level in the UK. He brings an experience of the senior game, which is unparalleled in the Wenatchee Valley. Anton is a highly experienced coach entering his 30thyear of coaching this wonderful game. He obtained his first professional license in England in 1991. He joined our coaching staff in 2013 and has been a key contributor in supporting and continuing to develop the program. He progressed rapidly through the US coaching system, most recently obtaining his Advanced National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1. Anton also participates as a Grade 8 Referee.
In his spare time he is a General Surgeon who graduated residency from the University of Washington in 2012.
Anton grew up playing soccer in England. He trained in the Tottenham Hotspur youth program and was a member of the England National U-19 A Team in 1992-1993. After graduating from High School he played at Birmingham University from 1993-1996. His most recent notable success in July 2018 was taking our WFC U-16 (B03) boys to the semi finals of the National Premier League Finals in San Diego.
With our current Technical Director – Josten Garalde’ s ability to develop players and coaches at the younger levels – we believe Anton’s unique understanding of the 11 a-side game compliments and rounds out our club so that everyone is set up for success.
By WFC investing in our coaches demonstrates our commitment to ensuring a positive outcome for your child to have continued development and growth and love for the game. We’re a club that strives to be a sports organization you can be proud of as a parent, player and coach!
WFC believes that better clubs make better coaches, which lead to better players!
G07 Chandler competed strong and had a bit of fun while reaching for the sky at Rush Cup.
Congrats to our B05 Team on their State Cup Gold Division championship. This is such a hard-working group of players, coaches, and parents. The future is bright.
United Soccer Coaches Announces the Newest 30 Under 30 Class
United Soccer Coaches announced the 15 men and 15 women selected from over 300 applicants as the 2017-18 cohorts of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program. This year's selection pool was as competitive as we've ever seen and we were humbled and inspired to see the tremendously high caliber of young coaches who are working tirelessly to better the game.
The 2017-18 cohort coach at every level of the game. Check out a breakdown of this year's class:
Launched in 2013, the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. The United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program is designed to give participants exposure to membership, and the opportunity to take advantage of educational offerings, such as diplomas and the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
We're thankful to Bergdorf Cellars for being our venue sponsor for the 2017 WFC Awards Night !
Award winning winemaker - Jon Delvo owner and winemaker of Bergdorf Cellars Winery on Front Street in Leavenworth, WA has built a new 30,000+ sq ft crush "haus" & event space and is opening the doors to WFC so we can host our end of year awards ceremony. The venue is perfect for events, small to large sized parties. It's nestled near a beautiful orchard and has a nice private setting. It's also a great location to taste his award winning wine.
We are very thankful for "Bergdorf Cellars" generosity in lending us this beautiful space and venue for our event.
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In a rematch with the only team to beat them in the tournament, Coaches Neil and Abe drew up a plan for success and the ladies carried it out to perfection.
WFC Youth is delighted to announce Mauricio Sanchez as Wenatchee FC Goalkeeping Director. Wenatchee FC and Clean Sheet Goalkeeping will be working closely to develop the next generation of WFC Youth keepers!
Mauricio will be delivering age specific curriculums to goalkeepers within the club. In addition Mauricio will be working with the WFC coaches to develop the goalkeepers as part of a team! #development #wfc
Wenatchee FC is a non profit organization created to provide the best environment possible for youth in the Wenatchee soccer community. We implement proven developmental models based on the guidelines provided by the USSF. We have a top class Technical Director who is focused on individual player development both on the field and off.
The goal of Wenatchee FC is to offer soccer to all youth in the valley that are passionate about competitive soccer and want to take the next step in their soccer journey. Our programs are setup to create clear pathways to success. Every player who joins Wenatchee FC will have a plan that they can follow to maximize each player's development and achieve their soccer goals.
Our WFC July Player of the Month goes to Olivia Bowman! Coach Neil Oyston says of Olivia, “She has showed great leadership on and off the field. Olivia was a prevalent figure in our defense in the success of winning the Crossfire Collegiate Showcase. The G02’s defense only conceded three goals out of five games and played a pivotal role in the teams success. Olivia has also volunteered her time as an Asst Coach at the local Soccer Shots sessions lending a hand and mentoring the younger generation of players.” Congrats again @_oliviabowman! Keep on leading and working hard, giving back to our local youth and inspiring those all around you. #wenatcheefcyouth #mentorship #crossfirechampions2019 #soccershots
Yelling at Referees: It hurts our children! Great quick read!
Our WFC Coaches of the Month award goes to Coach Scott Chandler! One mind, one thought, team first!” are the words you’ll hear echoed from these players. Thank you Coach Scott Chandler for all your hard work and being nominated for our WFC July Coach of the Month! Your dedication to your teams, your hunger to grow in the knowledge of the beautiful game, and the way you lead your business and family is greatly appreciated and respected. Congrats again coach! Keep on inspiring, teaching and raising up bright young leaders in our community. #wenatcheefcyouth #mentorship
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