Texas Dutch Lions News Release -- www.texasdutchlionsfc.com
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The Texas Dutch Lions FC are very proud to announce the signing of former professional soccer player and coach Hans van Arum, who has signed a one-year deal to become the new Head Coach for the Dutch Lions FC PDL team.
"We as the Texas Dutch Lions FC are very proud that we have signed a well respected Dutch coach as Hans van Arum," club President Martin Kroeze said. "Hans van Arum is an excellent coach who can present the Dutch philosophy of soccer with our PDL team. Again, we are very pleased with signing van Arum as our new Head Coach. We want to wish him good luck with the PDL team."
The 46-year-old van Arum played as a professional for Dutch Eredivisie teams such as Vitesse Arnhem, Willem II, RKC Waalwijk and Go Ahead Eagles. As a striker, van Arum played in 352 games professionally while scoring 90 goals in a career to be proud of.
As a coach, van Arum was the recipient of the Dutch Third Division’s Coach of the Year award in 2008 as he led Dutch third-tier club Sparta Nijkerk. After the 2008 season, van Arum became the coach of the reserve team of the club where he started his career; Vitesse Arhnem.
Van Arum earned his first professional head coaching position in 2011 as he took over at Eerste Division side AGOVV. Following the season, van Arum made the move onto the staff of Eredivisie side Willem II. He now makes the move for his first position outside his home country of the Netherlands.
"This is an honor to sign as the Head Coach for the Houston Dutch Lions FC," van Arum said. "I am very proud to lead the PDL team through the season. Last Saturday I visited the annual Tryouts and we are very pleased with the signing of five players. In the upcoming weeks I will be busy with selecting the open spots on the PDL team. The Dutch Lions FC is a very ambitious club with a new owner Martin Kroeze, and a great staff working with him, I am very pleased to be part of this project."