St. Louis, MO (May 15, 2020) – The SLSG MO Girls Division is excited to announce that Maggie Richard will be joining the ECNLRL Program (formerly know as the Elite Program) for the 2020-21 season. Maggie will be the head coach of the U13, U18, and U19 ECNLRL teams.
Richard, a former SLSG player, returns to the club after six (6) years, during which she played for four (4) years at Indiana State University, graduating with a degree in Sport Management. Maggie then spent two (2) years coaching at Rose Hulman (NCAA Division 3) and earning her Masters Degree in Coaching. Richard has also spent time coaching youth players, working for two (2) years with a 2003 team in Indiana that was part of the Vigo Flyers SC.
MO Girls Director of Coaching, Scott McDoniel, had this to say regarding the recent addition, "Steve [Pecher] and I have been committed to finding the absolute right fit for our ECNLRL players. The Program sits upon a strong foundation of hard working players who continue to achieve each year, and we wanted to find a passionate coach that believes in our club objectives and could conitnue to push the players to help them achieve their individual and team goals. There is no doubt in our minds that we have found someone our players will love. Maggie is full of energy, she's a competitior, she cares about the kids, and she loves this club. I believe she will provide the experience that these players are seeking in the game."
After accepting an invitation to be a member of the ECNL's new Regional League format (the Heartland Conference) the Elite Programs name has been changed to that of the ECNLRL. To round out the Coaching Staff the club has assigned veteran SLSG coach Carlton Williams to assist Richard. Steve Pecher, the staff's most experienced coach will be working with the U14-U17 teams and he will be assisted by Emily Mosier and Trent Kuprewicz (both current SLSG staff members).
This past season the Elite Program made history when the 04's in the USYS National League. But now that the program has been included in the ECNLRL the clubs vision is truly becoming a reality. "The idea was for the Elite Program to mirror, in many ways, the already successful ECNL Program we have in our MO - Girls Division", said Club Director Steve Pecher. "From how and where the girls trained, to the competition calendar, and really down to the last detail, we wanted the two programs collaborating to simulate the experience for the players. Now that we have the ECNLRL, and with the additon of Maggie, I believe this season will be an even more positive experience for the players."
2020-21 ECNL Regional League Program Coaching Line Up
U19 - Maggie Richard / Carlton Williams
U18 - Maggie Richard / Carlton Williams
U17 - Steve Pecher / Emily Mosier
U16 - Steve Pecher / Emily Mosier
U15 - Steve Pecher / Trent Kupruwicz
U14 - Steve Pecher / Trent Kupruwicz
U13 - Maggie Richard / Jamie Matlock
About SLSG : Since the merging of the area’s three leading youth soccer clubs in 2008, St. Louis Scott Gallagher has emerged as a national leader in youth soccer. Building on a proud history of on field success and a historic soccer culture, the organization has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission: To be the best club in the country. A club that positively impacts the development of our players on and off the field and positively impacts our community.