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Rob Jackman Announced as Girls Program Director

06/05/2018 10:29 AM -


Addition Completes Western New York Flash Academy’s Organizational Re-Structure

BUFFALO, NY (June 5, 2018) --- The Western New York Flash Academy is pleased to announce that Rob Jackman has been named the Academy’s Girls Program Director. Jackman joins the Academy after most recently working with Niagara University women’s soccer program and Empire United Development Academy.

"We are delighted to be adding Rob, a good human being who believes in hard work, to our coaching staff,” Director of Coaching Rob Ferguson said. “It is critical our staff evolves and improves constantly to help our players and our teams improve, on and off the field. Rob brings experience, knowledge of the game and an understanding of what is required in Western New York to continue our path to be a recognized leader and center for player development on a national level.”

Jackman has been coaching in Western New York since 2005 at all levels of the game, from collegiate men and women to recreational leagues. With more than a decade of coaching and experience at the premier club level, he has worked with players that have gone on to play at NCAA Division I schools across the country, Region 1 ODP, ODP National Camps, and U.S. Soccer Training Centers.

"This is an exciting new chapter in my coaching journey, and I can't wait to get started in my role as Girls Director for the Western New York Flash Academy,” Jackman said. “I am very dedicated to the development of soccer in our community and this is a great opportunity to affect female soccer players of all ages for the better in helping to create an environment where any young player with a desire and a work ethic can realize their full potential both on and off the field.

Jackman boasts a USSF ‘B’ License and is working on receiving his ‘A’ License. He also holds a USSF National Youth License. Jackman spent a combined seven years coaching at Niagara University and Daemen College, along with 12 years at the club level. In addition, he has been a part of the NYSW Olympic Development Program and has been a part of the Region 1 ODP Camp Staff for the past five years.

“We are very excited to add Rob Jackman to our Academy staff in the Girls’ Director role, as Rob has a fantastic reputation in the WNY area and will provide strong leadership and knowledge to the club,” Vice President Aaran Lines said. “We believe the addition of the Girls and Boys Director positions will provide an infrastructure and support second to none for our Director of Coaching Rob Ferguson. This provides a professional club structure that we believe will help continue to elevate our Flash Academy as we look to build on another successful season.“

Jackman graduated from Buffalo State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education in 2009. He was born and raised in Western New York and currently lives in Depew with his wife, Cristina, and two children, Claudia and Sam.

"After speaking with Rob, Aaran, and Alex Sahlen, I could tell they had a clear vision to move the club forward and a great ambition to achieve their goals,” Jackman said. “The resources and support this organization provides are second-to-none, and I look forward to working diligently alongside everyone on staff to make the Western New York Flash Academy the very best it can be."

The Western New York Flash Academy will be hosting tryouts for the 2018-19 season from Saturday, July 7th through Tuesday, July 10th. Tryouts will be open to all soccer players born between 2000 and 2011. For more information, please visit http://wnyflash.com/join/tryouts/

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