Tuesday, October 5, 2010—9:00am EST
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The National Premier Soccer League is proud to announce the appointment of Matt Driver as the league's Technical Director.
"We are excited to have a person of Matt’s caliber help guide the NPSL." said NPSL Commissioner Dan Trainor.
Driver's brings an impressive resume to the NPSL. He has a United States Soccer Federation 'A' License, a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced National and Premier Diploma, a Brazilian 'A' License and the Scottish Football Association A-Introductory License. He has also authored Coaching Dynamics, a best seller, and produced videos on transitional play, block defending, counter attacking schemes and speed of play.
The NPSL has become a proving ground for many of the country’s elite players, who have the aspiration and desire to move on to the highest level of play." said Driver. "I believe that we as a league have a responsibility to create the highest and most competitive level of play for those who strive to reach their dreams."
A former First Assistant Coach for the New England Revolution, Driver will oversee the development of the league's standard of play and the level of coaches. He will also advance the partnerships and working relationships with federations and clubs in the United States and around the world.
Along with coaching, Driver has extensive experience on the managerial side of the game. He was General Manager and Head Coach for the Philadelphia Independence in WPS, First Assistant Coach for New England Revolution in MLS and COO/Technical Director/Head Coach for the South Jersey Barons in USL.
"One of the last missing links on our Executive Council was a Technical Director, and we did not have to look far to fill the position." added Trainor. "Matt has contacts throughout the world and his experience will bring a level of excellence to the NPSL. We have already seen what he can do when we put him in charge of the 2010 NPSL All-Stars event. I know I speak for the league when I saw we are happy to have found Matt."
Driver has owned and operated several NPSL and WPSL teams over the years including AC Diablos, CDSA Future and the Philadelphia Liberty.
In 2010 Driver orchestrated the NPSL All-Star Combine and All-Star Game. Due to his efforts, two of the NPSL All-Stars were able to trial at New England Revolution in August.
"Through a series of initiatives, partnerships, All Star games and Combines we can provide such an arena for these players to reach their best." said Driver.
"In return the teams, owners and organizations that they represent will be able to market their brand more effectively in their own markets giving the fans and sponsors something that they can be proud of."