Concordia University has announced Steve Moore as its head coach for men's and women's soccer, beginning with the fall 2005 season. Moore will be the Cougars' second head coach in the team's five-year history as an NCAA Division III program.
This will be the first head coaching job for the 25-year old native of Ephrata, Wash., after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at downstate Greenville College where, among his duties, he served as goalkeeper coach and was responsible for much of the spring practice schedule. Moore had been a part of the Panthers' soccer program since 1998 when he began a fine four-year playing career as a goalkeeper. His honors included SLIAC all-conference and multiple Player of the Week awards, two-time team Defensive Player of the Year honors, and an NCCAA All-Region first-team ranking in 2001. Moore remains Greenville's career leader in saves with 516.
"I am very excited about coming to Concordia at this time," states Moore. "Both the men's and women's teams are headed in the right direction, and I am looking forward to taking them up yet another level. The facilities are first-class, the atmosphere on campus is great, and there is a lot of good soccer played in the Chicago area from where we hope to draw a lot of talented athletes. I am very eager to get started." Moore's age and his recent playing history figure to be an asset, as he explains: "Building relationships with players is an important part of coaching, and I will look to balance the player's perspective with my experience and position to help them become better players."
RF soccer sign-up
River Forest Youth Soccer, Ltd. is currently accepting registrations for the Fall 2005 soccer season. Registration is open to all children who reside in River Forest or attend school in River Forest. The fall soccer program is open to boys and girls in 1st through 8th grades, with separate teams for boys and girls. The season runs from late August to the end of October. There are practices or games mid-week and games on Saturday.
Registration forms are available at the River Forest Public Library, River Forest Community Center, River Forest Park District, or online at www.rfsoccer.org. Call the sports hotline and leave a message with any questions at 802-2113 #2.
OPRF Strikers' Soccer Club is again offering the ACORN Academy 8-week Friday training program for Fall. This "camp" is for young players (U8-U11) not currently on traveling teams who wish to learn more about soccer, develop skills, have fun and train with professional trainers. The program is for ages U8-U11 and runs Sept. 2 ?#34; Oct. 21. Download application forms at oprfstrikers.com or call 771-5269 for more info.
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