Christie Welsh Named NY Surf Girls Director of Coaching and  Brendan Faherty Promoted to Assistant Technical Director

Former WNT standout and Penn State All American to implement the City Football Schools curriculum across NY Surf’s boys and girls teams

NEW YORK, NY June 20, 2019 — New York Surf Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Long Island native and 2016 Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame inductee Christie Welsh has been named our Girls Director of Coaching and that Brendan Faherty has been promoted to Assistant Technical Director and Director of College Placement. Faherty will also remain a NY Surf Academy Coach.

“As we strive to continually improve the quality of our organization, we are excited to announce that Christie Welsh will be replacing Meghan Frey as Girls Director of Coaching, and that Brendan Faherty will be promoted to Assistant Technical Director and Director of College Placement,” said Matt Popoli, President of NY Surf Soccer Club.

Christie Welsh, a native of Massapequa, who joined NY Surf last year as Assistant Technical Director, is one of the most decorated players ever to come out of Long Island, including being a Hermann Trophy winner, former U.S. National Team member, and one of the most decorated players in Penn State and Big Ten Conference history.  In her new role, Christie will oversee the implementation of the City Football Schools coaching curriculum as well as other soccer-related DOC functions.  “We wish Meghan the best of luck in her future endeavors and we truly appreciate all of her efforts over the past 11 months that she spent with NY Surf,” added Popoli.

Brendan Faherty, who recently coached the NY Surf G2001 Academy LI team to win the NY Cup, and is preparing to take the team to Nationals in Colorado in July, is taking on the additional responsibility of Assistant Technical Director and Director of College Placement, working with NY Surf’s older teams and players preparing and positioning them to play at the next level.  “Brendan has been a great addition to the NY Surf team and we are excited to expand his leadership role within the club,” said Jon Feinstein, Technical Director of NY Surf.

The leadership changes are a result of NY Surf’s continued expansion, including its entry into the National Premier League and the new National League EDP league on the girls side.

The club has also announced the signing of a strategic partnership with City Football Schools, which will provide authentic and creative football coaching programs for its coaches and players utilizing the coaching philosophy and methodology of Manchester City.  NY Surf is the first club in the U.S. to implement this curriculum, and is excited to continue to expand its Manchester City partnership during the 2018-2019 season.  The new City Football Schools curriculum is being implemented across all of NY Surf’s boys and girls teams and age groups for the Fall season.

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