|POSITION:||DIRECTOR OF COACHING|
|ACADEMY TEAM(S):||00 Girls Head Coach|
|ASSOCIATED CLUB:||SPOKANE BREAKERS|
Vernon Croft has been named Surf Academy coaching director
SEATTLE – Aug. 2, 2017 - The Puget Sound Premier League is pleased to announce that Vernon Croft has been named Coaching Director for the PSPL Surf Academy program.
Croft will begin his duties immediately.
Croft comes to the Surf Academy with nearly 23 years of collegiate coaching experience. He was the head women’s coach at University of Akron and Indiana State University and assistant coach for Florida International University, University of Miami (FL), and Missouri State University. He also spent two years as training staff member for the United States Soccer Federation.
Croft, a goalkeeper, played four years for Lynchburg College and two years with semi-pro teams Roanoke Riverdawgs in the USISL and the Reading Rage in the USL.
Croft is currently the Spokane Breakers Technical Director and the head coach of the PSPL Surf Academy G00 team.
“We are very pleased to welcome Vernon to the Surf Academy program in a much more expanded role,” said PSPL President Stanley Holmes. “The Surf Academy is singularly devoted to helping our top players reach their goal of playing college soccer. I can’t think of a more qualified person to fill this position. He will bring his immense collegiate experience and wisdom and help take our program to the next level.”
Croft is succeeding Steve Richards, current Surf Academy coaching director, who has relocated across the country. Richards will remain involved with the academy and the winter college ID Camp.
“I want to thank Steve for doing a great job managing the Surf Academy over the past two years since he has been in charge,” Holmes said. “We are happy that Steve can still play a role with the academy.”
Croft will work closely with Erik Oman, league technical director and assistant Surf Academy director, on following the vision laid out by Richards.
“I'm excited about the opportunity and appreciate the confidence Stanley and Steve have shown in me to fill this vital role within the Surf Academy program,” Vernon Croft said. “I look forward to working with Erik and Steve more closely in expanding the Surf Academy program as well as expanding my own personal growth as a coach and director."
Croft holds a USSF “A” license and an NSCAA Advance National diploma, which he passed with “distinction.” He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College in health and movement sciences, and he has earned a master of education from Widener University.
But Croft’s coaching talent reaches beyond the college degrees and coaching licenses. He sees his role as a mentor for young athletes, a role that is fully embraced by Surf Academy.
“My career goal of mentoring athletes includes teaching the technical and tactical elements of the game, problem solving athletically and in life skills, while also utilizing my life experiences in my mentoring and leadership,” Croft said. “I pride myself on the motivational skills and commitment to excellence that I pass along to eager, young student-athletes.”
Croft takes over the helm as Surf Academy is hitting its stride in its singular goal of helping student athletes reach the next level. Over the past three years, the Surf Academy program has helped nearly 60 players earn a scholarship or commitment to play collegiate soccer.
On the field, the Surf Academy teams have competed and won at the national tournaments. Surf Academy teams have won Surf Cup, Final Four Showcase, SX Cup, Nike Cup, November Nights showcase, Avalanche Invitational, Real Colorado Showcase, as well as reached the finals of Surf College Cup, Surf Cup, Cerritos and Real Colorado, among other regional and national tournaments.
The Surf Academy program is a nine to ten-month program that begins in December with tryouts. The program aims to work with players and their clubs in a collaborative effort that offers additional high-level training and exposure to college showcase tournaments and the college recruiting process.
PSPL Surf Academy is the elite development program for the top players of the clubs that represent the Puget Sound Premier League and the Washington National Premier League. Surf Academy is open to all players from across the Northwest who want to turn their college soccer dreams into reality.
The Puget Sound Premier League, sanctioned by US Club Soccer, is the fastest growing league for competitive teams in Washington State. The PSPL was founded in 2007 with 12 teams and now has more than 1,200 teams as of 2017. In its 10th year, the PSPL produces national champions and college standouts.
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