Monday, 11 August 2014

Queen's Men's Soccer Coach hunt still on...? (Updated)

It's less than a week away from OUA training camps opening, including the Queen's camps here in Kingston. And yet the Queen's men's soccer team seems no closer to having a head coach in place.

Chris Gencarelli stepped down at the start of June after four years in charge of the team. During his tenure, he won the OUA East Coach of the Year in 2012, the year he led the squad to a first place finish in their division with an 11-1-2 record.

Gencarelli led the team to a winning record in each of his four seasons, finishing in 4th place in the OUA East in 2013, his final season. During his tenure, he set the course for a strong program, as evidenced by the Gaels' record, and had a solid foundation for the future in place, but felt the need to focus on his teaching career moving forward.

Stories and rumours have been rampant about who might become the new coach of the team, but nothing has come out of the Queen's Athletics program since posting the job position a couple of days after Gencarelli's resignation.

Some local soccer coaching personalities that have been rumoured to be in line for the job include Clippers' TD Chris Eveleigh, currently coaching the Clippers League1 Ontario team (in addition to his other duties as technical director); Jason Massie, Clippers' assistant TD and assistant coach (and player) on the League1 Ontario team; and Mike Akai, assistant coach of the CSL's Kingston FC, and assistant coach with RMC's men's team across the causeway.

Despite all three names being bandied about, no decision has been announced by Queen's, something that has left some of the players confused and worried as the season approaches. At this time, the assistant coaches from last season, Scott Compeau and David Crabb (also KUSC's president), are expected to run the training camp when it begins on Monday, August 18th, and hopefully, for the good of the program, a head coach will be announced in the coming days.

Especially with the OUA season kicking off their regular season on August 31st at RMC.

Update: This afternoon (Thursday, August 14), Queen's announced that Christian Hoefler (ex-Ottawa Fury FC) will be taking control of the team for the 2014 season, with Scott Compeau returning as an assistant for his second season and past player Daniel McBride joining for his first season as an assistant.

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