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From a BWP Parent
As a new family to your organization, I wanted to take a minute to express our thoughts about Black Watch Soccer, the Fall program, and Coach Day.
As you may or may not know, we were introduced to Black Watch by Coach McEachon who reached out to Thomas during his summer soccer camp in Middlebury suggesting Thomas consider trying out for Black Watch. Knowing Thomas' love of soccer and the shortcomings of the programs in Middlebury we had talked on and off for a couple of years about getting him involved in club soccer. However, we knew that such involvement would mean a considerable commitment for us living in Cornwall (south of Middlebury), and our investigation into other soccer clubs left us questioning whether such an experience with those other clubs was really in Thomas' best interests. We had not heard of Black Watch until Coach McEachon talked about it with Thomas. We then spent some time researching BWP and its coaches. Everything we were reading led us to believe Black Watch would not be like the other clubs. Black Watch's philosophy and approach seemed like it would be a good fit for Thomas so we were willing to entertain the thought of making the commitment. Thomas attended the try-outs and expressed interest in joining the club. My husband spoke with folks at the try-outs about Thomas' swimming commitments and made observations that we hoped reflected how the club treated its athletes. We took the plunge.
Black Watch has not disappointed. In fact, Black Watch is everything we had hoped for and so much more. The experience has been an incredibly positive one for Thomas and us as well. Your philosophy, commitment to, and respect for the players as athletes and as people is refreshing and exactly what we wanted for Thomas. He absolutely loves playing for Black Watch. He truly likes and respects his coaches and teammates. He has learned so much about soccer in such a short amount of time, and he looks forward to learning more. He has made new friends that he is excited to continue playing and growing with. He loved developing his soccer game and becoming part of the team through the Fall program. He thoroughly enjoyed being able to play more competitive soccer with a regular game schedule this Fall. The moment the last game ended last weekend he was already looking forward to the Winter program and futsal.
As for Gregg and I, we are ecstatic to have found and joined Black Watch. To watch Thomas adjust to and grow with his new teammates and coaches has been so incredibly gratifying. To watch and hear Coach Day treat each player with dignity and respect while calmly and clearly setting forth expectations and providing constructive feedback and instruction has demonstrated very clearly for us that Black Watch was the absolute right decision. The flexibility of schedule has been appreciated so very much as Thomas began his swim season. I wish I could better express how truly grateful we are for everything we have experienced to date with BWP. We are all very excited to continue in this soccer club that clearly has its priorities and commitments in the right place.
Thank you so very much for offering such a fantastic program and for being such incredible coaches to these young athletes.
– Tammy and Gregg Denton
News / Press Release
Kristi Lefebvre: Director of Girls Coaching
Black Watch – Burlington is pleased to welcome Kristi Lefebvre as Girls Director of Coaching. Lefebvre is the UVM Women’s Soccer team Head Coach, entering her 7th season. In her role as Director of Coaching for the girls teams, the plan is for Levebvre to help coach the U14 and U16 girls as well as oversee the growth and development of the girls program.
Lefebvre is an ’06 graduate of the University of Connecticut where she majored in Coaching. Before taking over as Head Coach at UVM, she spent three years as Assistant Coach. Prior to UVM, Lefebvre coached at Trinity College in Connecticut and was a Staff Coach at Region 1 ODP and SoccerPlus in Connecticut.
In addition to her coaching experience, Lefebvre brings years of playing experience, having played on the women’s team at UConn (2002-2006), and semi-professionally for the Boston Breakers, SoccerPlus CT Reds and the New Jersey Wildcats. Lefebvre also played for US Soccer on the U14 – U19 National teams.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Black Watch – Burlington club. With so much young talent in this community and within this club, I am excited for this opportunity to work on development of the girls’ teams, “ said Lefebvre
FC Stars and Black Watch Premier strike collaboration agreement
Acton, Massachusetts - The nationally-renowned youth soccer club in the New England region, FC Stars, and Black Watch Premier (BWP), with locations in both Albany, New York and Burlington, Vermont have reached understanding on a collaboration agreement for 2017-2018. The two Nike Clubs have strong histories in developing players who compete at the highest level, whether US Youth National teams or at collegiate levels. Both clubs will work together through a coaching education platform to enhance player instruction and programming. The clubs will operate joint technical training centers for player identification and development and joint events such as inter-club showcases and tournaments. This collaboration links the I-90 corridor from Boston, Massachusetts westward to the Capital Region of New York "I am extremely excited at the opportunity to work with the staff at FC Stars. Their first-class reputation and attention to detail are cornerstones of their high-quality operation. This is a great opportunity for our players at BWP and our staff," stated Executive Director and Founder of BWP, Steve Freeman. "Enhancing pathways and opportunities for our players and staff members is always at the forefront of our objectives with the Club. This does just that. It brings high-quality people to the table together to create better opportunities for everyone," stated Freeman. FC Stars Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst, expressed, "FC Stars is very excited about the relationship with Blackwatch Premier and the possibilities it brings for the future. Their leadership has the same beliefs and development philosophy as we do. We feel this relationship will blossom into something great for the players in both organizations and for players based along the I-90 corridor."
Ruben Resendes: Director of Coaching
Black Watch - Burlington is pleased to welcome Ruben Resendes as Director of Coaching. Resendes brings an extensive coaching and playing background to the club and to UVM where is he is the new Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach. As Director of Coaching, Resendes will be the lead clinician for the boys U8 - U19 teams for Black Watch - Burlington. Resendes will also be head or co-coach of the 2004/2005 and 1999~2001 Boys teams.
“We are thrilled to have Ruben as our new Director of Coaching at Black Watch,” said Rob Dow who assumes the youth director title at Black Watch.” Ruben brings fantastic energy and experience at a pivotal point for the club which has grown exponentially in the last two years. Ruben demonstrates our commitment to having the best coaching staff”
Resendes comes to Burlington after spending the previous two seasons as Head Coach at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, and 6 years as an Academy Coach with The New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. Over the past two years as head coach at Dean College, Resendes helped lead the Bulldogs to their most successful stretch in program history with a 33-3-0 (.917) record. In 2016, he guided Dean to a 17-2-0 overall record and earned an invitation to the USCAA National Tournament. The 2016 squad set the program record in total wins (17), consecutive wins (11), goals scored (106), fewest goals allowed (5), and most shutouts (16). Resendes was a finalist for USCAA National Coach of The Year. A year earlier, the Bulldogs finished the season nationally ranked at 16-1-0 and Resendes was recognized with the NJCAA All-New England Coach of the Year award.
Resendes has spent the last six years in professional youth development, coaching with the New England Revolution Academy, most recently serving as the U13 Development Academy Team, Head Coach. Resendes has also served as the Head Coach of the New England Revolution U23 team, over the past two years (2016 & 2017). During his six-year tenure with the Revolution Academy, he also served as a 1st Team Scout, Academy Scout, Residential Camp Liaison, and Regional Development School Coordinator, where he focused on curriculum and player development. In 2008, Resendes played for the Revolution Academy's inaugural team. He was the first Revolution Academy graduate to return to the program as a coach.
Before becoming the head coach at Dean, Resendes returned to his alma mater, Southern New Hampshire University, as an assistant coach in 2014. While at SNHU, Resendes saw the Penmen finish the season with a 17-1-2 record. In 2013, he served as associate head coach at Emmanuel where he helped the Saints to a program-best 5-4-0 conference record.
Resendes played collegiately as a midfielder at Southern New Hampshire from 2009-12, which included three years under the tutelage of UVM Men’s Soccer coach, Rob Dow, who had four seasons as an assistant coach with the Penmen. At SNHU, Resendes was a four-year starter and played in four NCAA tournaments. He was a three-time NSCAA All-Region selection and he earned NSCAA All-America honors as a senior. He was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Team in each of his four seasons and was named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2009.
Following his successful career with the Penmen, Resendes played professionally for Tindastoll FC of Iceland's Úrvalsdeild.
Resendes will be at the Black Watch summer tryouts in July. “I look forward to working with the Black Watch coaches and players and be a part of the Black Watch community. I believe in the club’s training philosophy and inclusive mission and am excited to incorporate my experience and ideas into what is already a well-established program. Many of the teams had incredible success this season and I am eager to be a part of developing these players as they continue into the next season.”