FC Westlake Continues to Grow with New Program and New Hires.

May 20, 2019

For Immediate Release;


(Austin, Texas) - FC Westlake is pleased to announce that the club is expanding with the appointment of Mike Rees, Paul DeFelice, Jimmy Stanton, and Rob Hayward. Additionally, FC Westlake is also launching a new Austin South/Buda soccer program which will be led by former Huston-Tillotson Men’s Coach, Marco Gutierrez.

FC Westlake is looking to continue their growth trend by adding new additions to their program directors staff and expanding to serve more of the Austin area.

Mike Rees - Program Director 2008 & 2007 Girls. Mike has been a staff coach with FC Westlake since 2017. Mike was previously with Challenger Sports as an Executive Account Manager where he oversaw 70 summer soccer camps each year. Mike holds an FA Level 1, USSF D license & NSCAA National Diploma.

“I am extremely happy and excited to start this new role and be a part of the development of FC Westlake players and coaches both now and in the future. I look forward to helping to provide the best learning environment possible and to become a role model both in soccer and away from the game” said Mike Rees.

Paul DeFelice - Program Director 2006 Girls & Coaches Education Director. Paul has been a staff coach with FC Westlake since the summer of 2018 and is a current board member of the local non-profit Upper Ninety where he has focused on delivering soccer along with emotional learning to low-income children in Austin. He recently served as program director at Bromfield SC in Colorado from 2012-2017. Paul holds a USSF B & NSCAA Premier coaching license.

“The opportunity to be involved with what FC Westlake is doing in the Austin area is a special one and I am honored to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to constant improvement.  I am very much looking forward to working alongside the staff, coaches, players, and families to expand upon the clubs holistic approach to youth soccer” said Paul DeFelice.

Jimmy Stanton Program Director 2005 to 2001 Girls. Jimmy joins FC Westlake from River City Rangers soccer club where he was the Assistant Director of Coaching and Academy Director.

“I am honored and excited to begin a new chapter in my coaching career development with FC Westlake. I will do my best to help all of our players not only learn and love the game but to also grow into future leaders on and off the field” said Jimmy Stanton.

Rob Hayward - Program Director 2009 Boys & Girls. Rob joined the FC Westlake family in 2018 and has been an integral part of our program the last 12 months. Rob previously served as the club director of coaching for Liverpool FC America & Junior Academy director for Austin Texans.

“I’m delighted and excited to become a full-time director at FC Westlake, the last 12 months have been amazing, I’ve worked with some fantastic families and coaches and look forward to helping build the premier soccer program in Austin”, said Rob Hayward.

Marco Gutierrez - Program Director South Austin/Buda. FC Westlake has appointed Marco Gutierrez to run the FC Westlake South Austin/Buda program. The expansion comes after several years of growth as FC Westlake looks to continue providing a premier soccer program in Austin and surrounding areas.

Marco previously worked with Liverpool FC America as a head coach and is the former Men’s Head Coach at Huston-Tillotson University. Marco currently holds a USSF C license and is pursuing his USSF B license.

“My family and I are blessed to have the opportunity to join a great club like FC Westlake. I look forward to growing the club in South Austin and providing a new experience for South Austin communities” said Marco Gutierrez.

FC Westlake’s club expansions mean the soccer club now offers programs in West, South, and East Austin as well as the Buda area south of Austin.

The Director of Coaching for FC Westlake, Andy McClelland, said “It is an extremely exciting time to be a part of the FC Westlake community. As we expand our locations and full-time members of staff, we want to continue to focus on making our program not the biggest but the best in the city”.


FC Westlake Hire 6 New Members of Staff & Start New Location!

April 25th 2018

 

For Immediate Release;

 

(Austin, Texas) -  As FC Westlake continues to grow and develop into one of the premier soccer programs in Texas, we are delighted to announce that we have added 6 new staff members for next season. In addition, we will be introducing a new location in South Austin to add to our main Westlake location & East Austin location. 

 

The following coaches will be joining our staff and fill critical roles moving into next season;

 

Krysta Merceron – FC Westlake Knights Director

Mike Smith – FC Westlake College Exposure Director

Alex Olivares – FC Westlake Curriculum Director

Darci Carruthers – FC Westlake Staff Member

Jamie Meshew  – FC Westlake Goalkeeping Director

Zach Shearer – FC Westlake Staff Member

 

Please see below for more information on each new staff member and links to their bios.

 

Krysta Merceron – Krysta will serve as the FC Westlake Knights Director. Krysta founded ATX Knights in South Austin and has single handedly grown the club over the last few years with teams competing at the Junior Academy level all the way to State Classic League in Select. Krysta has an amazing drive and passion for soccer and has accomplished something almost unheard of by starting a club from scratch.

 

FC Westlake Director & General Manager Stephen Ferguson added “Krysta is the perfect fit for FC Westlake, she’s a highly skilled coach, administrator and ambassador for youth soccer, we are extremely fortunate to have Krysta join the FC Westlake family and bring her entire program with her. This new location in South Austin will serve families who don’t have the capacity to drive into Westlake for practices whilst providing Krysta with the support and direction she needs to continue down the path to greatness.”

 

Mike Smith – Mike will serve as the FC Westlake College Exposure Director. This is a vital part of our program as we help high school aged players prepare for college and the possibility of playing soccer collegiately. Mike has over 17 years of college coaching experience as the head coach for St. Edwards University. Mike has also served as the College Placement Director for Dundee Juniors, Dynamo Juniors & Lake Travis and assisted in the placement of hundreds of youth players into colleges across the country.

 

FC Westlake Director of Coaching Andy McClelland added “We’ve been searching for a college coordinator for the last 12 months and I’m delighted to have Mike join the FC Westlake family. He has spent the last 30 years coaching both collegiately and club soccer, providing the perfect background for this position. As we’ve grown rapidly over the last 4 years we now have over 150 high school aged players in the program, providing them an experienced and proven College Placement Director is the final piece in the puzzle for our older players.”

 

Alex Olivares – Alex will serve as the FC Westlake Curriculum Director. As a student of the game who is passionate about coaching, Alex brings tremendous knowledge and a skillset for building the most progressive curriculum in youth soccer. Alex is the current varsity boys coach for Crockett High School in Austin; he also served as a staff coach and interim director of coaching for Dundee Juniors.

 

FC Westlake Boys Director Conor Edmondson added, “Alex is an amazing addition to the FC Westlake staff, his passion for coaching and coaching education is remarkable. His vision for youth soccer fits perfectly with FC Westlake’s philosophy and having someone dedicated to creating a curriculum for all our staff and players is going to be an invaluable resource.”

 

Darci Carruthers – Darci is the current varsity girls coach for Westlake High School and will serve a vital role in our Junior Academy & Recreational program. Her experience coaching at all levels of youth soccer will provide an indispensible platform and resource for players and parents as they transition from the Recreational program to Junior Academy and finally select soccer. Darci has spent the last 14 years coaching with Dundee Juniors, Dynamo Juniors & Lake Travis.

 

FC Westlake Director & General Manager Stephen Ferguson said, “It’s such a natural fit for the club having the Westlake High School varsity girls coach join our staff. I’ve known Darci for over a decade and she has done tremendous work in the youth soccer community, especially helping build the Lake Travis Youth soccer program currently know as Dundee Juniors. I’m delighted Darci is joining the program and I know the younger players will benefit tremendously from her experience and enthusiasm.”

 

Jaime Meshew - Jamie will serve as The Goalkeeping Director. As an experienced college coach Jamie will provide our net minders with technical and tactical skills required to make it to the next level as a goalkeeper.  She holds a USSF "A" License and a USSF "National Goalkeeper" License.

 

FC Westlake Boys Director Conor Edmondson had this to say, "Jamie has developed an incredible relationship with our goalkeepers over the past 8 months. This has led to her new role as Goalkeeping Director. I am very excited to have her leading our Goalkeeping Academy and to watch our goalkeepers excel in the future."

 

Zach Shearer – Zach is joining our FC Westlake family as a staff coach after spending the last two years working with Dundee Juniors. Zach will work closely with our program directors and will coach several select teams next season. His experience with both college age and youth players will be a perfect fit for FC Westlake.

 

FC Westlake Director of Coaching Andy McClelland says, “Zach’s infectious personality and passion for the game really shines through in his coaching. He loves the game of soccer and his players adore and respect him. We are very fortunate to have Zach join the FC Westlake team.”

 

For more information - 

Please contact Andy McClelland @ 512-937-5705 OR amcclelland@westlakesocc

FC Westlake Welcomes Junro Narita as our Coaching Education Director

FC Westlake Welcomes Junro Narita as our Coaching Education Director!

FC Westlake is delighted to announce the hiring of Junro Narita as our Coaching Education Director for the upcoming season. "I am extremely excited to have Junro on board for the 2017-18 seasonal year. Junro’s addition shows how FC Westlake is not only focused on developing our players, but are also striving to improve the level of coaching within our staff.  As a staff, we must continue to learn and improve to provide the highest learning environment for our players.  The Coaching Education Director role has been developed to give our coaches a support system so they can continue to sustain the development of our players” said Andy McClelland FC Westlake Director of Coaching.

Overview of roles and responsibilities - 

  • Observing training sessions and matches

  • Assisting with training sessions and matches

  • Coaching evaluations and feedback

  • Updating and the implementation of the club wide curriculum

To check out what the new role exactly entails then please CLICK HERE .

To find out more information on Junro you can read his BIO

 

-Team FC Westlake

 

Welcome to Our New Webiste

Thank you for your interest and participation in the FC Westlake program. We are excited about our new website. We have created our new site to provide our the members of our organization with a more user friendly and informative site. We hope you enjoy it and please feel free to contact us if you need anything!

Thank you!

The FC Westlake Staff