Tennessee Soccer Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Otto as the Boys Academy Director. Coach Otto will be responsible for directing the U7 through U11 boys effective July 1, 2015. Until then, Mike will be back and forth between his home in Emerald Isle, NC, and his new home in Brentwood. During this time, he will be organizing the age groups in the Academy as well as assisting with all tryouts and assuming the role of US Club coordinator.
“Today is a great day for Tennessee Soccer Club and especially for the current and future players in the Boys Youth Academy. Mike is a true professional who understands the commitment and focus needed to develop all players in the Academy. His experience working with all players and formulating a curriculum for all to follow will make an immediate impact on the Middle Tennessee soccer community. The hiring of Coach Otto has positioned Tennessee Soccer Club with a bright future, and I look forward to seeing the Boys Youth Academy develop into one of the top Academies in the country through his leadership,” said Stuart Brown, Executive Director of Tennessee Soccer Club.
Coach Otto comes to Tennessee Soccer Club from Jacksonville Area Soccer Association in Jacksonville, NC, where he has been the Director of Coaching since 2009. While in Jacksonville, Coach Otto started the JASA competitive program at the club as well as the JASA Youth Academy, serving players ages 7-10. Prior to that, Coach Otto was the Coaching Director at Gaston United SC outside of Charlotte, NC, and also served the Capital Area Soccer League as both a player and Staff Coach from 1982 to 2005.
“This is an exciting time for me as I look forward to working in a great Club with a terrific staff. The opportunity to both share my experience and gain new ones with the best soccer club in the state of Tennessee over is something I greatly look forward to.”
Mike holds a U.S.S.F "C" License and the NSCAA "Advanced National" Diploma. Since 2006, Mike has been a State Team coach with the North Carolina ODP program.
Congratulations to all of the girls and boys teams who competed in this weekend's and last weekend's Tennessee State Cups. The following teams brought home championships or finalists medals:
U18 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 15 - Champions
U17 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 16 - Champions
U16 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 17 - Champions
U16 Girls D2 - Tennessee SC 17 Select - Finalists
U16 Girls D3 - Tennessee SC 17 Nike - Finalists
U15 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 18 - Champions
U15 Girls D2 - Tennessee SC 18 Elite - Finalists
U15 Girls D3 - Tennessee SC 18 Nike - Champions
U13 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 20 - Champions
U13 Girls D2 - Tennessee SC 20 Elite - Champions
U12 Boys D1 - Tennessee SC 03 Premier - Champions
U12 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 03 Premier South - Champions
Due to weather, the U12 Girls D2 Final between Tennessee SC 03 Elite South and Tennessee SC 03 Select South will be played later this week.
Tennessee Soccer Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronnie Woodard to the position of Business Manager. Ronnie’s expanded role with Tennessee SC will put her in contact with the full spectrum of the club’s membership, delivering the same professional communication and organizational skills she has displayed throughout her career.
Ms. Woodard has a distinguished playing and coaching history in Division 1 women’s soccer, including affiliations with Duke University, College of Charleston, and Vanderbilt University, and continues to provide consulting services to rising college players on both the men’s and women’s side of the game through her organization, P3. Ronnie will continue to provide the leadership for Tennessee SC’s U17 women’s team that has consistently performed at the highest regional and national level, returning to the USYSA National Tournament year after year.
“I am thrilled to become part of the Tennessee Soccer Club Business Operations. I have been a Coach in the Club since the merger in 2012. Since that time, I have spent countless hours on the soccer field representing Tennessee Soccer Club both on a regional and national scale. And now, I am looking forward to combining my love for the game of soccer, my organization skills with my passion for people. I appreciate and am looking forward to the opportunity to share the good news of Tennessee Soccer Club with our membership and the Middle Tennessee Community,” stated Woodard.
As the Business Manager, Ronnie will be responsible for managing and organizing the Administrative functions of Tennessee Soccer Club, working hand in hand with Stuart Brown, who was recently promoted to Executive Director.
“Ronnie is a professional on all levels and brings tremendous value to the entire organization. I look forward to her passion for youth soccer, Tennessee Soccer Club and the community to allow the club to strengthen and expand its outreach in the community, member benefits and professional relationships”, said Brown when asked about his selection of Ms. Woodard to support his long term plan to align the organization with the vision and mission of Tennessee Soccer Club.
Brown also said that the onboarding process for Ms. Woodard has already begun and signs of her strong leadership, organizational skills, and attention to detail are already improving processes and communications between Admin and Operations staff.
"Tennessee Soccer Club would like to congratulate Johnny Heckman on being named Tennessee Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Johnny has been a player with Tennessee SC and either TNFC or Brentwood Soccer Club since the age of 8. He is a true example of a player that has come all the way through our system and is now going on to play Division 1 soccer in the ACC with Clemson University. I am very proud to have witnessed Johnny's success throughout the years and I wish him much success in his college career," said Sandy Pollock, Tennessee SC Boys Director of Coaching.
In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Johnny Heckman of Centennial High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Tennessee Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Heckman is the first Gatorade Tennessee Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Centennial High School.
Thanks to everyone who participated in and supported this year's Tennessee Invitational tournament in middle Tennessee. Everyone had a great time and played hard in perfect spring weather. Congratulations to all of the champions and finalists - click here to see the list.
We hope to see everyone at our next big event, the Battleground Tournament of Champions, September 18-20, 2015!
Executive Director, Stuart Brown, is pleased to announce the 2015-16 coaching staff for Tennessee Soccer Club.
“This time of year is always difficult as you wrap up one season and make plans for the future. I believe the leadership staff at Tennessee Soccer Club has done an excellent job assembling the most talented and highest licensed staff in middle Tennessee who possess the values, development philosophy, and professionalism to fit the culture of Tennessee Soccer Club."
Tennessee Soccer Club is the Premier youth soccer club located in Nashville, Tennessee, with 1,400 players and 90 teams. The club competes locally in Tennessee Youth Soccer Leagues, US Club Soccer in the National Premier Leagues, USYSA with the Regional Premier League, USL Super-Y, W-20, and Super-20, Boys Club Championship, and at numerous national events.
Tennessee Soccer Club has recently hired Emily Marcouiller as the Girls Academy Director, responsible for directing U8-U11 age groups.
“I'm very grateful and excited for this wonderful opportunity to join the staff of Tennessee Soccer Club. I am eager to get started and work with the academy and club members to further develop are youth players,” said Emily Marcouiller.
Ms. Marcouiller most recently was the head coach at St. Cecilia Academy. At this private, Roman Catholic, all-female high school in Nashville, Tennessee, Emily lead the program to 3 district championship and 4 trips to the elite round for the Tennessee High School Athletic Association playoffs. Under her development and leadership the women’s soccer program, Emily has had players selected to high honors with 28 All District Team, 20 All-Region Team, and 5 All-State team player selections.
“Emily is known for her ability to develop young female athletes into quality people of character and great competitors. Her attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism will be a perfect fit at Tennessee SC. We are fortunate to have her with our club.” Said Executive Director, Stuart Brown.
Marcouiller was also a Girls Director of Coaching for 6 years prior to leading the program at St. Cecilia. She was the direct point of contact for all coaches, referees, parents, and players in programs. She was at the forefront in the technical development of the girls program at the club, while working hand and hand with players and staff to contribute to success of the younger athlete. Further she assisted in the promotion, management, and oversight of the competitive tryouts and program advancement.
Emily has extensive playing experience playing Division I soccer at University of Nevada Las Vegas and was on the Las Vegas Tabagators semi-professional team. Additionally Marcouiller holds her NSCAA National Diploma and USSF National licenses.
“Adding Emily to our staff further strengthens Tennessee SC. She comes from a high playing, coaching background and director of player development earning her a great reputation within the soccer community. Having Emily’s expertise and knowledge at Tennessee SC will increase the value we provide to our membership and local community,” said Brown.
On Friday, April 17th, the Lipscomb Men's and Women's Coaching Staff and both Men's and Women's players came out to Williamson County Soccer Complex to run a skills camp for our U8-U12 boys and girls teams. Even though this was a rain make-up date, we had over 200 in attendance for the Academy Day. Our Tennessee Soccer Players got to interact with the Lipscomb University players which is something that doesn't happen too often. We are very fortunate to have so many quality college programs in the area and even luckier that we have their staff coaching in our club. Their level of coaching brings a sense of professionalism to the club and our relationship with them only makes our club stronger.
Tennessee Soccer Club would like to thank all that attended the event, the Lipscomb Men's and Women's Coaching Staff for facilitating this wonderful event, the Lipscomb Men's and Women's Soccer Players for being amazing role models for the youth players in our club and the Tennessee Soccer Club players for coming out to take advantage of this opportunity. It was a great time had by all.
Team Representatives will vote for open Board of Director positions at the General Membership Meeting on April 27, 2015.
Members should discuss their preferences with their team representative.
Tennessee Soccer Club is the local host for the World Futbol Tour event that will be held in the Nashville area, at the Soccer Complex on Downs Boulevard in Franklin, on June 27, 2015. This is a small-sided tournament for both rec and open-level teams.
Click here to for at-a-glance tournament information and links to details and registration.