From Staff Reports
For many Southern West Virginians, spring signals the end of the dreadful season of winter. For the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors, spring signals the beginning of a new season of the beautiful game.
The club, knee deep in preparations for its sophomore season, recently announced additions to manager Scott Reitnour’s coaching staff for the 2013 season.
Newcomer Andrew Dailey will serve as the King’s Warriors goalkeeping coach for 2013, and will be working with the team’s keepers focusing on correct technique, angle play, taking crosses and reading the game. Dailey comes to Southern West Virginia from Jacksonville University, where he continues to serve as goalkeepers coach for the Dolphins.
Dailey will work this season with the King’s Warriors’ two top goalkeepers, second-year keeper Erik Mozzo and newcomer Stephen Moffitt.
“I’m definitely looking forward to getting to West Virginia and working with coach Reitnour and Dr. Blume,” Dailey said. “I have heard that Erik was a solid goalkeeper for the team last season, and that Stephen coming to the team for the first time will be a strong asset as well. Hopefully, I can push them both this season to reach their max potential.”
Dailey was a collegiate soccer player and team captain at Mississippi College where he played from 2007-2011, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. In a fast-rising coaching career, Dailey was a goalie coach for the women’s soccer program at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., prior to joining the Jacksonville University men’s soccer program as goalie coach.
The 24-year-old Dailey has also been involved with the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League team, the Mississippi Brilla, as a player and a coach from 2009-2011.
“I am thrilled that Andrew Dailey will be joining the King’s Warriors coaching staff,” said Reitnour. “Andrew brings an excellent blend of goalkeeping expertise, enthusiasm and professionalism with him to the King’s Warriors. Andrew will have a profound impact on our team culture and training environment. He has experience playing and coaching at a high level, and our goalkeepers will really enjoy both his personality and approach to the game.”
The King’s Warriors also announced that captain Harry Sherwood will be serving as a player-coach this season.
“Harry brings a high degree of professionalism, insight, class and character to the King’s Warriors organization,” said Reitnour. “He is a charismatic leader on and off the field and will be a welcome addition to our coaching staff. He is a true renaissance man, and we are looking forward to the profound impact Harry will have on our young team this season.”
Sherwood finished the 2012 season tied as the King’s Warriors’ second-leading scorer with three goals and six points. A tenacious defender, Sherwood also displayed the knack to go forward and jump into the final third when the opportunity presented itself. Sherwood’s play last season with Southern West Virginia also earned him a tryout with the King’s Warriors’ affiliate in the United Soccer League’s Pro Division, the Charlotte (North Carolina) Eagles.
“I’m ready to serve the King’s Warriors in whatever role they require of me,” said Sherwood. “I’m going to give my absolute all as a player in practices and training, and I’m as eager as ever to play the beautiful game.
“I’ve been gaining invaluable experience as a coach over the past nine months,” Sherwood continued. “I’ve loved working with people who share a love of the game and I’m more than happy to pass on any advice I see fit to serve them in good stead for their futures.”
The King’s Warriors will begin their sophomore season on May 18, when they do battle with in-state rival West Virginia Chaos at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex in Beckley.