FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
VEREINIGUNG ERZGEBIRGE APPOINTS ROB OLDFIELD DIRECTOR OF COACHING
Warminster, Pa – The Vereinigung Erzgebirge Sports Committee is pleased to announce they have appointed Rob Oldfield as the club’s first Director of Coaching. The move takes place immediately and expands Oldfield’s role at the club.
Oldfield who has enjoyed success on the field and on the sideline while at VE will continue in his current role as Head Coach of the Majors program and is about to enter his twentieth season in charge. He will work to build on several other aspects of the overall soccer program at VE.
Rob has an Advanced National coaching license from United Soccer Coaches (former NSCAA) and a diploma in club development to go along with his decades of coaching experience. He has also developed and run the VE Summer Soccer Academy that is entering its ninth year and is heavily involved in other programs like the adult Summer Bundesliga and the spring youth clinics. Oldfield has trained countless youth teams and set up and run VE’s youth tryouts. All this hard work was rewarded when he was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame in 2016.
“Youth soccer in our area has become so competitive that clubs are always in competition to attract and retain players. We think this appointment puts someone who is a well-respected leader in the soccer community with proven success out in front of our program,” said VE Sports Committee Chairman Steve Feuchter.
The director of coaching will look to enhance player development, coaching education, create and enforce curriculum and policies while providing a player centric model for success for both the club and its players. The DOC will also work alongside the Sports Committee to hire coaches and help promote the club.
VE fields twenty-five youth teams and five adult teams all housed on sixty-nine acres of beautiful woodland in Warminster, Bucks County. VE also boasts wonderful facilities that they continue to improve upon, like the addition of a new turf training field that opened this spring.
Oldfield, who also serves as the Vice President of the United Soccer League of Pennsylvania, said, “I’m very excited about the appointment. I’ve called VE home for a long time. We have a different model than other clubs in the area. VE is a family-oriented sport and social club and most of our coaches are former players that have returned with their own kids and that provides us with a built-in sense of community. There is an unbelievable amount of soccer talent on our coaching staff. It’s my job to make sure all that soccer knowledge makes it onto the field so that we can keep developing the players here at the club. One of the things we do better than anyone is tie our youth and adult programs together. It will be one of the things I hope to grow.
For more information on Vereinigung Erzgebirge and the soccer program please visit VEclub.org and VEsoccer.org.
What the soccer community is saying:
“Rob is a man who truly understands the amateur game. He sees the connections to success in teaching young players and has a proven record of helping them understand the game and the benefits that a club like Erzgebirge has made to the game. The Erzgebirge can only benefit from his new appointment. I wish Robbie well and wish the VE SC much success with his appointment as DOC,” Werner Fricker Jr. USASA Competition Chair.
“It’s a no brainer. The name Rob Oldfield is synonymous with VE and you’d be hard pressed to find another coach with his level of experience on both the youth and adult sides of the game. The future of the club is in good hands,” Alex Shuptar, Captain VE Majors.
“Congratulations to the Vereinigung Erzgebirge for securing Rob Oldfield as DOC. Best of luck to the VE,” Werner Fricker III – President, United Soccer League of Pennsylvania.
“Nobody comes close to deserving it more than Rob. His on the field success is unmatched and his passion for the club is infectious,” Artie Taylor, Captain VE Majors.
“I’ve never seen someone more dedicated and put in as much personal time as Rob has for VE. I can truly say that I am one of the hundreds of people who have benefited from all of his work. Rob’s ability to recruit talented players to the club is unmatched, it continually amazes me year in and year out that he is able to produce competitive and talented team that consistently challenges for the Lamar cup and the league title. He continues to do more each year and the VE family is better for it. Rob is well suited and for this critical assignment as director of VE,” Michael Kochersperger, VE Member, Captain VE Majors, 2002 USASA Open Cup National Finalist.