Wednesday, February 2, 2005
ORLANDO, FL -- Ajax Orlando today announced the appointment of Greg Petersen as general manager and coach for the club’s Premier Development League (PDL) team the Ajax Prospects.
Petersen joined Ajax Orlando in 2004 as the director of youth development. He assisted with the inaugural Prospects team in last summer and has coached the U17 and U18 teams in the Ajax Orlando youth academy.
“Greg’s ability to develop the players in our youth academy directly contributes to the success of our PDL team,” said Mark Dillon, president and CEO of Ajax Orlando. “His experience with the league and his professional understanding of game operations adds excitement and enthusiasm to our second year.”
In his new position, Petersen will oversee player recruitment and training, as well as other management functions. He is responsible for a new game partnership program that allows youth clubs across the state to host an Ajax Prospects PDL game at their facilities. This program allows host clubs to witness the highest level of amateur soccer available in Florida.
Petersen’s professional background prior to Ajax Orlando includes coaching positions with other PDL and USL First Division teams. Petersen served as director of soccer/head coach for the Des Moines Menace PDL team, where he led the 2003 Menace to the playoffs with a record of 12-5-1.
Prior to the Menace, Petersen was a private consultant, specializing in professional soccer both domestically and abroad. He served as director of soccer for the USL First Division's El Paso Patriots from 1999-2000 and the Nashville Metros from 1997-1999. With the Patriots, Petersen led the team to the playoffs for the first time in five years. He led the 1998 Metros to the Central Division Championship, as the second highest scoring USL First Division team that year.
Petersen received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from California State University. He holds the highest coaching license in the U.S. from the United States Soccer Federation and was the first professional coach in the U.S. to earn full certification from the Union of European Football Associations.