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A Letter from the President

By Jack Gidney, 02/07/17, 11:30AM PST


To the FRAM Family,

The finish line of our 2016-2017 club season is already in sight for many of our younger teams, and our older teams will be returning from high school shortly. A new season begins for our youngest players, as our U9 and U10 teams will have their registration night this week.

This year marks my family’s twelfth with FRAM, and my sixth year as club President. In that time, our club has gone from approximately 30 teams, to over 50. We have expanded from our humble home at Nansen field in Rolling Hills and a few PVPUSD fields, and now have a strong presence in Torrance, are building our brand in San Pedro, and are looking to further expand in the South Bay and build an even more diverse community of FRAM players.

Our growth and evolution as a club, however, is not just about increasing our team numbers and securing more fields, but also requires us to continue to build our infrastructure and support system for the benefit of our players, our coaches, our teams and our community. Along those lines, I am very happy to announce the following new developments that we are all confident will further improve the club and serve our members in achieving their soccer goals.

First, Joey Hoffman, whose contributions have been vital to our club’s growth and development, will now take over the role of Technical Director and Program Manager. While he will continue to provide oversight and guidance to our coaching staff, he will increase his focus on developing and implementing our philosophy, style of play, standards of behavior and policies throughout the club. He will also further facilitate the education and advancement of our coaching staff, with our goal of providing the highest level of coaching and development to all of our players.

Working with Joey as a team, and overseeing the day-to-day management and progress all of of our teams and players will be three coaching directors. Tony Bruce will continue to oversee our older boys as Boys Director, and his wealth of experience and knowledge is a tremendous asset to our program. Jack Gidney will take over the role of Girls Director, and will bring his energy and dedication to all of our girls. Finally, Raul Ruiz will be our Youngers Director, taking over responsibility for our U12 and below program, building on his and our younger’s coaches impressive track record of development and success in these age groups.

All of our Directors, along with Treena Bozart, will also become members of our college committee, and be tasked with making sure all of our older players who desire to continue to play soccer in college will be provided guidance and assistance in achieving their goals. Additionally, Treena will be managing our re-started FRAM Ajax women’s team for the second year this season, and the club and all of our coaching directors have made the commitment to provide the necessary support to make sure we can field the best team possible, and continue to provide our FRAM graduates an opportunity to play soccer at the highest level, even after their club careers are finished.

Lastly, we are very fortunate and grateful as a club for the quality and number of volunteers we have, without whom the club would not succeed. Many of these volunteers have taken the step of joining our youth and executive boards, and I can say with confidence we have one of the strongest and most capable boards in youth soccer. Bringing new and fresh perspectives to our club is important for us to continue to both stay current and to improve. The strength of the current board, the desire to give others the well-earned opportunity to lead the club, and the likely benefit to all from doing so, have resulted in a transition amongst our board over the past few years. As part of those changes, I will also be transitioning out of the role of President, and Patrick Mason, who has been our Treasurer, will be acting as interim President until our annual meeting and elections this May. Patrick has been part of the FRAM family for some time, and I could not be more confident in his leadership and character. FRAM is in very good hands.

While I hope and intend to stay involved with FRAM in the future, I want to thank everyone for letting me be a part of this wonderful club and its board, for trusting our leadership through this constantly changing youth soccer landscape, and for all of your help and support. I look forward to seeing you all on the pitch.