WPSL Coaching Staff Announced

December 12, 2009

Hampton, NH – Seacoast United Soccer Club is proud to announce its official entrance into the 2010 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).   The league is a nationally run summer league geared primarily for college aged players during their summer break from school.   The Club has entered into this league to continue with its development model for its older players, after graduation from high school. 

Hampton, NH - Seacoast United Soccer Club is proud to announce its official entrance into the 2010 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).  This league is a nationally run summer league geared primarily for college aged players during their summer break from school.  The Club has entered into this league to continue with its development model for its older players after graduation from high school. 

"In the past, after our players moved on to college, we did not have a competitive environment to offer them when they returned from school in the summer.  We were looking for ways which would allow our players to continue to develop and better prepare themselves for their sophomore, junior, or senior seasons.  The WPSL is the perfect situation for the players and will be the future bridge for our Club from our youth teams to a professional team, " says Seacoast United Girls Director of Coaching and WPSL Franchise General Manager Matthew Sprague.

The Club is proud to announce the coaching staff for the 2010 season.  The head coach for Seacoast United will be Ian Burgess.  As a player, Ian was a college All-American at West Virginia Wesleyan where he won a National Championship.  Ian has coached as an assistant at WVW as well as the Director of ODP for West Virginia.  Ian has been a full time staff member at Seacoast United for the past 9 years and has coached numerous amounts of youth teams to State Championships, Regional Finals, and National Finals.

Assistant Coach for the team will be Matthew Sprague.  Matthew is currently the Girls’ Director of Coaching for th Club and will also fill the role of General Manager for the WPSL team.  Sprague played his collegiate soccer at St. Anselm College, winning two conference championships and two ECAC Championships.  As a coach, Matthew has coached at the youth, high school, and ODP level and most recently is the coach of the U12 Girls’ Advanced Training Program (ATP) and the Super 20 Women’s Team.

Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach for the team is Kelly Kelly.  Kelly was the starting keeper for Bentley College and went on to be the assistant coach for 3 seasons.  Kelly is a full time staff member at Seacoast United and is the Director of Media Relations for both the Club and more specifically, the WPSL team.  Kelly currently coaches all of the keepers in the Club U10-WPSL (40+) and is the coach for the U11 Advanced Training Program (ATP). 

The Club is also very pleased to announce that the home field for the WPSL team will be at Exeter High School’s Bill Ball Stadium.  The stadium will host all home games for Seacoast United and will offer a professional environment for the Club to showcase women’s athletics to Northern New England.

Seacoast United and the surrounding community is very excited for the inaugural season to begin.  The anticipated fan support will be great and will offer our youth players a wonderful opportunity to see the game being played at a very high level.