STLFC/SLSG are excited to announce the hiring of Stefan King. King will be joining the organization this upcoming season from Peoria FC United where he served as the Director of Coaching for the club. King also served as Head Coach for Central Illinois United where he had tremendous success in both regional and national competitions. Along with his club experience King was formerly an assistant Coach for Division 1 programs Western Illinois University and Bradley University. He also was on staff at Illinois Central College where his teams were regularly ranked in the top 10 in the nation.
During his days as a player, he received a soccer scholarship to Western Illinois University in 2006 and appeared in two NCAA tournaments during his tenure at the University both playing and coaching. King has represented the Barbadian Nation team at the U15, U17, U20, and U21 level. Currently, he is a staff Coach for the United Soccer Coaches Association, as well as the Illinois Central/South Olympic Development Program.
King holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Bachelors in Exercise Science, Associate Degree in Nutrition, and another Associate Degree in Physical Education. He has earned his Master Coach Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches association, Premier Diploma, Advanced National Diploma, National Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma, UEFA B License, and is also a member of the 30 under 30 club which recognizes the top 30 coaches both male and female across the United States under the age of 30.
“Getting the right people involved with our organization has always been of the utmost importance to our leadership team,” said Shawn Hewitt, SLSG Illinois Program Director. “For coaching responsibilities, Stefan will serve as our 2008 STLFC IL Academy Boys Head Coach, 2008 Elite Boys Head Coach and 2010 Feyenoord Boys Head Coach. We are very fortunate and pleased to add Stefan to our staff.”
“Words can not express the delight I feel to be joining the STLFC/Scott Gallagher Organization," said King. "I have had the pleasure of attending several SLSG tournaments in the past and marveled at the level of the players. I have spoken to both former and current players/coaches who can’t say enough good things about the club. Living in the Midwest for the past 13 years, the reputation of the club speaks for itself. I am really excited to learn and grow as a coach from the excellent staff currently working at the organization, and it truly is my pleasure to be part of the family here at the club.”