Northern Virginia Royals Press Release – www.novafc.org
Monday, January 19, 2009
WOODBRIDGE, VA – The Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) announced today that Tom Torres, the current club Director of Coaching, will serve as head coach for the USL Premier Development League (PDL) Royals for the 2009 season. Torres assumes the head coaching spot vacated by John Pascarella, who departed this week for an MLS position as the Kansas City Wizards goalkeeping and conditioning coach.
Torres takes the helm of the PDL Royals effective immediately. His role as the head coach for U15 Royals and U17 Majestics, both North American tournament semifinalists, remains unchanged. However, he will relinquish his coaching responsibilities for both the USL Super-20 League NOVA FC girls and the W-League Majestics (assistant coach).
The Super Y-League component of NOVA FC has seen unprecedented success under the coaching directorship of Torres. The club previously earned the number 11 spot on the 2007 First 11 Club rankings. In 2008, the club again surged ahead, claiming the number six spot on the pre-North American Finals list. The club earned 32 youth player ODP National Camp selections and sent seven teams to the Super-20 League and Super Y-League North American Finals in 2008.
Torres, a native of Alexandria Virginia, began his collegiate playing experience at Virginia Wesleyan College (Norfolk) before transferring to Radford University in 1996. He excelled at Radford, earning Big South Player of the Week accolades that year.
Torres holds a USSF A License and NSCAA National Diploma as well as several other coaching credentials. He also serves as head coach for Westfield High School (Centreville) boys and Arlington Travel Soccer Club. He resides in Burke, VA, with his wife Jen and son Grady.
“Tom’s transition from [the Super] Y-League to the PDL won’t be a difficult one,” said Royals Owner Mo Sheta. “He has a complete understanding of our development program and remains an integral part of it. I am very confident that Tom can step right into the lead of our senior team.”
The Northern Virginia Royals face a challenging schedule of opponents in the Mid Atlantic Division in the upcoming season, including the Hampton Roads Piranhas and historical powerhouse Carolina Dynamo. The Royals kick off their home season in May with a full schedule to be announced in late January.