A few months ago at our Annual General Meeting, we announced our new partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps to provide the technical direction for our teams, coaches and players. It is thus with great enthusiasm that I would like to welcome Joel Moody to the Ottawa Gloucester Hornets and introduce him as our new Technical Director.
Joel arrived in Ottawa earlier this week and has already had the pleasure of meeting several of our coaches at a recent "meet and greet". Joel is an academy staff coach with the Vancouver Whitecaps and comes to us following several positions in England, including Coventry Football Club. His credentials include a UEFA B license, and Head Coaching positions with various age groups in progressively higher levels. To learn more about his experience and certifications please see his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joel-moody-880111a4/.
Over the coming weeks, Joel will be in the dome working with our teams until the City opens the fields on May 22. Joel has already begun communicating with all of our coaches and has planned weekly strategic sessions with them in preparation for our upcoming season. He will also be meeting with all the teams and parents beginning May 22 to explain the Hornets' technical direction and exciting programming that we will be bringing to the Hornets' Nest. We will be communicating with the team managers to set specific times for these meetings to take place. Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer has been around since the 1970s offering competitive, community based soccer programming for the community, Joel will build on our long history by providing an exciting new direction for our club, with a strong technical background. In his short time with Ottawa Gloucester Soccer Joel has shared with me how fortunate he has been to have met and worked with some great players, parents and coaches in his coaching career. However, he has expressed how this opportunity with Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Soccer is very exciting.
I would also like to introduce Jason Dacosta, a lifelong Hornet player and coach, as our new Assistant Technical Director. Jason and Joel will be working very closely to provide a true “gold standard” for player and coach development at our Club.
Our program will continue to follow the principles of Long-term Player Development and align with Soccer Canada and the Ontario Soccer Association. We will continue to create an environment for our players that will facilitate a love of soccer, while focusing on technical development and be player-centered.
I encourage you to go to our web site to learn more about Joel and our new technical program and the partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps. So please join me in welcoming Joel to our Hornet community. We are very excited about the future of our community Club, as we move into a new era where our players and coaches will have access to new pathways, ideas and philosophies to reach their full potential.
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Ralph Paul Ehlebracht