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NCW Alliance announce new Head Coach Alvaro Rodriguez

WENATCHEE, Wash.— North Central Washington Alliance Football Club announces that Alvaro Rodriguez has been named the new Head Coach of the Women’s soccer team competing in the Northwest Premier League (NWPL). Rodriguez replaces outgoing coach Jamie Richards who recently stepped down from the post.

NCW Alliance General Manager Javier Reyna says of the transition, “I would like to thank Jamie Richards for all his hard work and dedication these last two years and for helping us build a foundation for the club. I would Like to welcome Alvaro Rodriguez as the new head coach for the 2019 season. After meeting with the management team we decided that Rodriguez was the right fit for the club philosophy and to continue building what we have started. Alvaro currently holds a national coaching diploma with the United Soccer Coaches Associations and is well known in the community.”

 

Rodriguez is ready to take on the task of leading the Alliance in the competitive elite adult women’s league. “I’ve always been a person that loves challenges and I truly believe that I’m ready for my next challenge which will be to coach at a higher level of competition,” he says. “I still remember coaching in the adult league and I fell in love with the tactical part of the game, it’s like a game of chess, it’s all about strategy, trying to guess what your opponent’s next move will be and countering that with something better. I’ve coached the men’s league but have never coached women at this level and I can’t wait to start and teach my players a little bit of what I’ve learned throughout my playing days and coaching years.”

Rodriguez has a long history in greater Wenatchee area soccer. He’s been a coach in the Chelan / Douglas Hispanic League.  “I was eighteen in 1993 and coached for a club called Los Cerritos,” Rodriguez remembers.  “We ended up winning a couple of championships.” From there Rodriguez coached in the Wenatchee Valley Rec League, then with the (former) Wenatchee Fire.  “After my first year my friend (Frank Cuevas) decided to make another club (Wenatchee Valley United) because we wanted to coach our own A team and truly believed in retaining the same players for at least two seasons so they could bond. I coached the G99 Real FC up until 2014 when most of my girls started high school soccer and it’s very rewarding to see that at least 70% of the girls that I’ve coached played and are playing for school varsity.”

Rodriguez lends his love of soccer and his coaching experience to his own family. “I have two girls of my own and my youngest is 13 and I have been coaching her since she was four.  I’m currently assisting with the G05’s OPS team.  Through out the years I’ve been taking coaching licenses to better assist the girls that I’ve coached and am coaching, the highest license that I have is my national and will work on obtaining my advanced national in the near future.”

Rodriquez has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish with the Alliance. “Building a strong foundation for the years to come, just keeping the game as simple as possible,” he says.  He says he’s ready to get back to basics, “Simple things like teaching our players how to correctly make a pass or how to control a ball.  We are so focused on athleticism and aggressiveness that we forget that the most important thing is keeping the game simple: simple passes and good control of the ball.  Someone once said “playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.”

Alvaro is a proponent of all-around skills and a team mentality of all-around play. “Every player needs to be able to play every position on the field except goalkeeper,” he says.  “Your best defense is your best offense.  The only way you’re going to have a good team is by giving everyone a chance to play. Playing time makes players better, not sitting in the bench. Likewise, my defense is as important as my offense, it only takes one goal to win a game if the opponent doesn’t score on you.”

Academy Tryouts and Coaching Staff

2018 NCW Alliance FC coaching staff

Jamie Richards returns for his second year as Head Coach and Academy Director, Jamie Is the Director of Coaching for the Wenatchee Valley United Soccer Club and holds an Advanced National and a DOC Diploma. Also returning is Fitness Coach Luke Astell and Assistant Coach/Equipment Kennedy Redman.

New to the program:

Peter Osborn will serve as an Assistant Coach. Peter is the Head Coach of the Wenatchee Valley College men’s soccer team and holds a degree in Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and a Premier Diploma.

Mike Osborn will serve as an Assistant Coach and Academy Director. Mike is the Director of Operation for OPS FC and holds a Premier Diploma with many year of experience in youth, semipro and pro soccer coaching.

“I really like how everything is coming together especially the working relationships with college, high schools and youth clubs in the valley. I strongly believe these Soccer Alliances will help improve the game we all love in North Central Washington” General Manager Javier Reyna 

 

NCW Alliance Academy

Seeking to strengthen the first-string team, the NCW Alliance FC have announced plans to start NCW Alliance Academy, a months-long program of training sessions for players ages 15-19 years old.

The academy will serve a variety of roles. During the regular season of NCW Alliance, the academy will act as the reserve team for the first-string squad, Jamie Richards said.

They will be two completely separate teams, with their own tryouts and players. The girls who become standouts at the academy will be promoted to the first-team games.  The academy team will play friendly games during the season, against other academy teams in the area.

After the NCW Alliance season is over, the academy players will return to their high school teams for the fall season. After their high school season concludes, they will return to the academy to continue training and play in at least two College showcase tournaments representing Alliance.

Tryouts for the Academy will occur at the Apple Bowl April 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. under the guidance of Mike Osborn and Jamie Richards, academy directors. All players of high school age are eligible to participate.

“Anybody who wants to come and make the commitment to come to Wenatchee for practice is welcome,”  “Basically what we are targeting are the players in North Central Washington, Jamie Richards said.

To learn more about rates, registration fees and uniform costs, contact Mike Osborn at (509) 670-7047 Mike@NCWAllianceFC.com

There is a $20 registration fee for the NCW Alliance Academy. REGISTER HERE ( if you already register for the first team tryouts you don’t have to register again )

NCW Academy Players with the First Team

Allison Rader

Senior 2017-18

Wenatchee High School

Raja Abouammo

Senior 2017-18

Eastmont High School

Ashley Turner

Senior 2017-18

Weantchee High school

River Richards

Sophomore 2017-18

Cashmere High School

Tania Ocampo

Sophomore 2017-18

Weantchee High School

 

NCW Alliance First Coaching Staff

WENATCHHEE, WA — NCW Alliance FC (NCWAFC) of the NorthWest Premier League (NWPL),  is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Richards as Head Coach, Kylie Brunner as Assistant Coach, Luke Astell as Director of Fitness and Javier Reyna as Goalkeeper Coach of the club.

“Jamie, Luke and Javier have many years of soccer experience under their belts and we predict that together they will make a significant impact to the success of our team”, said Cindy Abouammo, Alliance President. “We can’t wait to get them started assessing all the talented players we have available here in north central Washington and with that in mind we’re hoping to announce our tryout dates soon.”

Richards coached Chelan High School to the 2013 boys soccer state title. He’s also been an assistant in the Wenatchee Valley CC soccer program and was Head Coach of the Wenatchee FC semipro team on 2016. “It is an honor to be a part of this program and I am looking forward to an exciting season!” Richards says of his new post.

“I like diversity and being able to adjust by the seat of your pants. Defensive structure is key to a great foundation. Midfield and forward is where the individual creativity will decipher the attack we will use.” Richards does express an overall mantra about how he leads a soccer club.  “Passion, persistence, discipline, work ethic, and perfecting the simplest!  We all, meaning the coaching staff, administration, and players need to expect the most out of each other!”

Kylie Brunner joins NCW Alliance FC as Assistant Coach. Kylie is a Cashmere WA native where she played for Cashmere High School after graduating she moved to play at Spokane Community College and Graceland University in Iowa.

 

 

Luke Astell as Director of Fitness. Astell is co-owner of Mount Stuart Physical Therapy and Balance Point Health Fitness in Leavenworth, Washington. “I was introduced to soccer as a PT with an interest in sports performance. I was asked to look at  movement and address injuries for the local high school team and for my daughter’s team,” says Astell. “I look forward to this year and working with the team and coach Jamie Richards.”

Javier Reyna, has already previously been identified to serve as goalkeeper coach. Javier held the assistant/goalkeeper coach position at Wenatchee Valley College men’s team and the Wenatchee Fire FC indoor semi-pro team from 2013 to 2015. and is the current assistant/goalkeeper coach for the Cashmere High School boys. His certifications include a United States Soccer Federation “E” license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Level-2 goalkeeper coach license.

“I believe we now have a very strong coaching group and are well positioned to move on to tryouts and player selections”, Cindy said. “It’s going to be an exciting Spring.”