WPSL Welcomes Seacoast United

January 13, 2010

HAMPTON, NH - Seacoast United Soccer Club is proud to announce its official entrance into the East Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the Summer 2010 season. Seacoast United has entered into this league to continue with it’s development model for their post-high school & post-collegiate players.

Not just the club, but the surrounding community has expressed excitement for the start of their inaugural season. The anticipated fan support and this wonderful opportunity to showcase the game being played at a high level for Seacoast United’s youth players will be keys to the team’s success in the Northeast Division: which will feature both the pro & U-23 side from the Boston Aztecs (affiliate of Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer), the Adirondack Lynx, Maine Tide and Massachusetts (Name TBD).

"In the past, after our players moved on to college, we did not have a competitive environment to offer our them when they returned from school in the summer," said Seacoast United Girls Director of Coaching & General Manager Matthew Sprague. "We were looking for ways which would allow our players to continue to develop and better prepare themselves for their sophomore, junior or senior seasons. The WPSL is the perfect situation for the players and will be the future bridge for our club from our youth teams to a professional team."

Read the full article on the WPSL official website here.

HAMPTON, NH - Seacoast United Soccer Club is proud to announce its official entrance into the East Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the Summer 2010 season. Seacoast United has entered into this league to continue with it’s development model for their post-high school & post-collegiate players.

Not just the club, but the surrounding community has expressed excitement for the start of their inaugural season. The anticipated fan support and this wonderful opportunity to showcase the game being played at a high level for Seacoast United’s youth players will be keys to the team’s success in the Northeast Division: which will feature both the pro & U-23 side from the Boston Aztecs (affiliate of Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer), the Adirondack Lynx, Maine Tide and Massachusetts (Name TBD).

"In the past, after our players moved on to college, we did not have a competitive environment to offer our them when they returned from school in the summer," said Seacoast United Girls Director of Coaching & General Manager Matthew Sprague. "We were looking for ways which would allow our players to continue to develop and better prepare themselves for their sophomore, junior or senior seasons. The WPSL is the perfect situation for the players and will be the future bridge for our club from our youth teams to a professional team."

"With their solid club structure and youth programs, Seacoast United has built themselves a nice base to build on as their organization takes the next step up in competition," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "Both Seacoast United and the WPSL East should benefit from their inclusion into our league."

Seacoast United has also announced the coaching staff for the 2010 season. The team's first head coach will be Ian Burgess, who as a player was an All-American at West Virginia Wesleyan, where he won a National Championship. Ian coached as an assistant at WVW as well as being the Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) Director for West Virginia.

Burgess has been a full-time staff member at Seacoast United for the past nine years and has coached numerous amounts of youth teams to State Championships, Regional Finals and National Finals. His assistant coach will be Sprague, who played his collegiate soccer at St. Anselm, winning two conference championships and two ECAC Championships.

Matthew has coached at the youth, high school & ODP levels and most recently, was the coach of the U-12 Girls Advanced Training Program (ATP) and the Super-20 Women's Team. Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach for the team will be Kelly Kelly, who was the starting keeper for Bentley College and went on to be the Assisant Coach there for three seasons.

Kelly is a full-time staff member at Seacoast United and is the Director of Media Relations for both the club and more specifically, the WPSL team. Kelly currently coaches all of the keepers in the club and is the coach for the U-11 Advanced Training Program (ATP).

The home venue for the WPSL team will be at Exeter High School's Bill Ball Stadium. The stadium will host all home games for Seacoast United and will offer a professional environment for the Club to showcase women's athletics to Northern New England.

"Our younger players will have, for the first time, a team and players to look up to," said Sprague. "Boys and girls alike will be able to look at the players on this team as role models both on and off the field. This will turn out to be a great teaching aid for our younger teams because it will get more of our players watching the game, and the game itself is the greatest teacher."

For more information on Seacoast United, visit their official website at http://www.seacoastunited.org. You can contact General Manager Matthew Sprague by e-mail at msprague@seacoastunited.org or by phone at 603-926-8444 (x209).

About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL): The WPSL is a 50-plus team national league with five conferences starting in 2010 and is the largest women's soccer league in the world. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The WPSL's mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring players to Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

For more information, visit the WPSL official website at http://www.wpsl.info, by phone at 1-800-854-0913 or contact via email at media@wpslsoccer.com. You can also keep up with the league on social networking sites Facebook (http://www.facebook.com), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/WPSL)!!