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Chelsea Piers Connecticut ready for soccer with new director

By Chelsea Piers Connecticut

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Dave Flower
Stamford, CT - Chelsea Piers Connecticut named David Flower, Westhill High School girls’ varsity head coach and seasoned Premier coach, as the Director of Soccer at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. Flower will work hand-in-hand with Kristine Lilly to build one of the strongest soccer training programs in the northeast.

Flower has more than 14 years of coaching experience in both the UK and US. He currently serves as a U18 and U12 Connecticut Football Club team coach and the head coach of the Westhill High School varsity girls’ team. Flower has helped pave the way for dozens of players to continue their soccer careers at top Division I college programs.  Flower also managed NOGA Soccer’s coaching and camp activities in Connecticut for the past several years.

Flower received the FCIAC Coach of the Year award in 2009 and 2011, the CGSCA (Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association) Coach of the Year award in 2009 and the MSG Varsity Coach of the Year award in 2011.

Kristine Lilly
Kristine Lilly, a soccer legend from Fairfield County, will be running a week long soccer camp at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in the summer. Lilly will also remain involved year round as a guest coach and will step in to help with clinics and one day events.

Soccer programming will focus on skill-based clinics to develop and improve the ability of players at every age level, from Little Athletes preschoolers to high school and college athletes. Skill clinics will be geared toward the level of experience of the players and will focus on the fundamentals of the sport while teaching tactics in a fast-paced environment. Flower will also run the year-round, professionally managed adult soccer leagues at Chelsea Piers CT.
"We are thrilled to have Dave come on board to direct what will be one of our core sports at Chelsea Piers Connecticut," said Ryan Equale, Assistant Executive Director, Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “Dave has exceptional experience coaching players of all levels, including preschool, youth, high school and Premier level players. He also has a great track record of preparing young athletes for college competition.”
“The facilities at Chelsea Piers Connecticut are like none other in the region,” commented Flower. “Having four indoor, air-conditioned, 50-yard practice fields as well as a regulation 100-yard soccer field is ideal for running a strong youth and adult programs. I am very excited to offer what I hope will become the best development program for young soccer players in Fairfield County.” With the addition of BlueStreak Sports Training at CPCT, advanced athletes will have the opportunity to supplement their field workouts with soccer specific strength and conditioning training.

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