FROM THE BAYSIDER
WOLFEBORO — Kingswood Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Flood as the new head coach for the varsity girls’ soccer team.
Flood, a Kingswood alum (Class of 1996) brings a wealth of soccer coaching experience with him, having coached travel, recreation and indoor soccer teams. Flood has been an assistant for the Kingswood boys’ program for the last three years and is the head coach of the Coastal girls’ team for the Granite State Games.
Flood’s been coaching at the competitive and elite level for more than 10 years. His goal as a coach is to maintain an atmosphere where players are relaxed, engaged and do not fear the consequences of mistakes. Flood moved to the Lakes region from Rye in 1990 and currently lives in Alton Bay with his wife and two children.
Flood will take over the program from Rob Kelly, who has been the head coach for the Knights since the fall of 2017. On replacing Kelly, Flood notes, “I’m looking forward to continuing the solid work coach Kelly and the girls’ coaches have done for the program at Kingswood, based on what I’ve seen, the girls are headed in the right direction. If we focus on improving individually, improving as a team, and enjoying the game, wins will come as a byproduct.”
Director of Athletics Aaron House, commented on the recent hire, “Under coach Kelly we have seen some stability settle in as it relates to overall girls’ soccer program numbers. With coach Flood, we hope to see girls’ soccer participation grow, not just at Kingswood but within our GWRSD communities. Based on Shane’s vision for the girls’ program and his passion for the sport we are very excited to have him joining our ranks as the varsity coach.”
Returning Kingswood girls’ soccer players will have the ability to meet their new coach during an upcoming meeting that coach Flood is currently planning. Kingswood Athletics urges all girls interested in playing soccer at KRMS or KRHS to register now in order to make sure they receive information about meetings, summer sessions, etc.
There is a new director in town with the Revs and some big plans on the horizon. On Tuesday June 1, Revolution United Sports proudly welcomed Lucas Therrien as the new Program Director for the club, and the clubs first full time employee. During the COVID19 break in 2020, the Revs worked towards this goal while ultimately receiving a 5 year grant for a recent college graduate to take on a full time position. This position is 100% privately funded by the grant with not financially impact to the club, registrations or its members.
"We know the sports world has changed quite a bit, and to continue to provide top notch service to our members as well as grow some of our programs, we felt that bringing in someone full time was the right move, but wanted to do this without an impact to the club," said Cory Halvorsen, Executive Director for Revolution United. "Far too many times clubs are making huge announcements on field improvements, new facilities, new staff and paid coaches, all while continuing to raise their registration fees making it unaffordable for many participants."
Revolution United joined on with colleges throughout the state to look at interns during 2020's down time. Lucas, who is a recent college graduate in Sports Management has been seen throughout the fields and courts for almost a full year, working behind the scenes on scheduling, registrations and working with other towns. He has also played an instrumental part in the growth of the club and some of the most recent partnerships that have been announced. As a former player for Revolution United, and Prospect Mountain High School alum, he fully understands the role within the local community and bringing players together for the schools that are being served.
" I am excited to continue working with all of those who I met over the past year, as well as meet some new players, parents and coaches as programs continue to grow," Lucas, said.
Revolution United was established in 2011 and after 10 years of growing the club into what it is today, Founder & Executive Director Cory Halvorsen will be stepping down from his role in spring 2022. The club was started as a soccer club playing its first competitive soccer season for Granite State Youth Soccer League in NH coached by Cory and Mike Brown. Since that time, thousands of players have joined Revolution United in soccer & basketball, competitive and recreational as well as summer camps to join in on the fun and play the sports they love.
" I am excited to see the direction the club is taking, and there is no doubt it will be taking a full time focus. I am proud of where the club started and where it is today, but also know there are more things to accomplish," Halvorsen said. "With recent partnership announcements, as well as more to come, this effort won't be easy but it is time for new leadership with guidance being given from the outside. It has been a great 10 years but very much looking forward to being able to watch my son play in his games and grow up playing the sports that I love."
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