Finding coaches capable of coaching competitive soccer isn't easy. Luring top competitive coaches from other cities is a major task. FC Alliance, behind its sterling resume of state championships and college commitments, has added Chattanooga's Kris Ray and Nashville's Brad Camp to the coaching staff. Ray runs Elite Soccer Training- a program which has 32 alumni currently playing college soccer- and brings 20 years of high-level soccer coaching experience to the club. Kris holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Camp, who started two years for Trevecca Nazerene as a college player, has been a staff coach for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program and holds an NSCAA Director of Coaching diploma, and a USSF "B" license. Both will immediately impact the quality of the club and have already been assigned teams.
"We're thrilled to get both these guys," said Director of Coaching Josh Gray. "When you're hiring coaches, you want people who can come in and grow the club. You look for difference makers. Both of these coaches are the type who players gravitate to."
Ray has been traveling to Knoxville once a week to run a session of his Elite Soccer Training at The Field House at Amherst. His pupils include former FC Alliance players Summer Lanter (US Women's U20 national pool), Peyton Thomas (Tennessee), Marci Carter (Pittsburgh) and Teni Butler (Arkansas). In 2013, Coach Ray touted five players who made ODP Regional teams, as well as two who trained with the national pool. Now in the coming weeks, he will be moving to Knoxville to focus on strengthening FC Alliance.
"There is no doubt Kris Ray can develop players," commented Gray. "His track record is fantastic. His former players, all these kids playing in the SEC and other big conferences, sing his praises. Kris is a great addition to the FC Alliance family."
Another impressive list on Ray's resume is the number of colleges who have hired Ray to coach their summer camps. He's been on staff for numerous major college camps, including North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Indiana.
Coach Brad Camp joins FC Alliance from Tennessee United Soccer Club. A former player for the Hendersonville Fever 85, his collegiate playing career at Trevecca Nazerene was not only highlighted by being a starter, but also by his 2010 All-Conference Scholar Athlete honor. Camp is currently finishing his doctorate at Middle Tennessee State University, but is moving to Knoxville this summer.
"Brad is obviously an extremely intelligent guy," stated Gray. "This shows up in his coaching. He not only knows the game as a player, but he is very detailed as a coach. The job he has done with his ODP teams and at Tennessee United is impressive."
Success has been part of Camp's soccer career wherever he's been. Not only was his former club team a regional power, but he led Trevecca to one of the school's most successful seasons ever. Then when he entered the coaching ranks, major clubs and eventually Tennessee Soccer went after him strong. Next season, however, Brad will be wearing FC Alliance colors.
"Getting a coach of his caliber out of Nashville isn't easy," added Director of Operations Jon Schneider. "We're excited for our club and the players he will be coaching."
Directors added that more hires may be announced soon, as the club is pursuing several other high-level coaches.