Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Coaching options

CPWS GM Marcia McDermott is conducting a thorough search for our first head coach. She is looking for a leader who will assemble a championship caliber team that will play entertaining soccer and represent our organization well with our fans.

Marcia started the process in early December before she was officially on board. Her search began with a long list of candidates that included top coaches from several categories: international coaches, college coaches, local youth coaches, W-League and WPSL coaches,MLS assistants and national team coaches.

Marcia narrowed the field a couple weeks ago using the above criteria, along with other factors including knowledge of the women’s game internationally and domestically, proven success, leadership, passion and the ability to represent the organization well in the community.

As reported in the Chicago Tribune’s Red Card soccer web site Monday, the short list of candidates includes standout FC Indiana Head Coach Shek Borkowski and at least one national team coach. Former US National Team Head Coach and former Chicago Sting defender Greg Ryan was also a candidate for the position. Greg has a nearly flawless 45-1-9 record as Head Coach of the United States Women's National Team from 2005 though the 2007 Women's World Cup in China. Greg has since accepted the head coaching position for the University of Michigan women’s soccer program and i am certain he will do well there.

While we'd like to name the coach as soon as possible, one or more of the candidates may need to complete obligations before we can make the announcement.

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