Head Coach Update | September 2013
The Kentucky Fire Juniors (FKJ) Coaching Staff did a great job during the 2012-13 season in helping to establish and elevate a common style of play for all KFJ players/teams. We continue to promote coaching education to stay current with the game as it evolves. Developing players to play at a higher level is an important part of our mission!
I would like to recognize a few of our staff for the outstanding work they accomplished with KFJ players and teams in 2012-13 seasons.
John Pedro (USSF D license) and Frank Peabody (USSF B license): John and Frank coached the KFJ Classic u14’s in 2012-13 (now KFJ u15 age group) and had successful Fall and Spring seasons. It is important to take note of the number of players that were able to successfully impact the KFJ u14 Premier team throughout the Fall and Spring seasons of 2012-13. This was a result of the quality information and training they received on a weekly basis.
Kacie Wilkenson and Katie Ball: coached the 2012-13 u10 Girl’s teams (now KFJ u11 girls teams). The age group made rapid progress over the entire year; developing the ability to move the ball and score goals at the end of the Spring season was a result of the technical work and attention to detail demonstrated by both KFJ coaches.
Dale Helfrich (USSF A license): KFJ boys Director and Head Coach at Trinity High School. In 2012-13, Dale’s u15 Premier boys team (now KFJ u16 Premier team) advanced to the US Club Regional Championships. Dale’s coaching expertise has helped turn this team into a Regional Contender.
Jonathan Velotta (USSF A license): Head Coach of the Bellarmine University’s Women’s Program. Jonathan coached the u15 Premier girls in 2012-13 (now KFJ u16 Premier) and they advanced to the USYS Regional Championships. This was a result of their outstanding league play in the Midwest Regional League (MRL). Jonathan’s outstanding coaching abilities continue to draw talent to the KFJ program.
John Michael Hayden (USSF A license): honed his coaching abilities here at KFJ. He came to the club straight from Major League Soccer (MLS), where he played professionally with the Houston Dynamo. He has made a big impact on the development of youth players here at KFJ. As of the Summer of 2013, John Michael Hayden has accepted a job as the Assistant Coach with Division 1 Lipscom University. We will all miss him and wish him continued success in his coaching career; best of luck to you and your family, John Michael!
We look forward to another strong year of player development and overall Club progression here at KFJ in 2013/14. We are grateful for the strong cast of coaches and support staff here at the club.
Thank you to all the coaches for the important work you accomplished last year and for your continued support of the KFJ athletes.
Technical Director/Head Coach
Kentucky Fire Juniors