The Virginia Beach Piranhas announced today that Matt Busch will take the head coaching reigns for the PDL team for the 2013 season. Busch has been coaching for over 20 years and currently holds a USSF "A" license, National Youth license, NSCAA National license and serves as Technical Director and Director of Club Operations for Virginia Rush Athletic Club. Busch also serves on the VYSA ODP Staff, is a Region I Staff Coach, and a member of the VYSA Coaching Education Staff. No stranger to the United Soccer Leagues, Busch was the former Operations Manager for the Hampton Roads Mariners Pro Team. Busch forwent the opportunity to play collegiately at Alfred University as a scholarship player to pursue a military career. Spending nearly 12 years serving the country as a proud member of the United States Navy, Busch participated on the U.S. Military indoor and outdoor teams throughout his service.
Piranhas president, Marcie Laumann is excited to have Matt on board as the head coach stating, "I have known Matt for almost 15 years and I know when he commits to something he gives 100%. His experience as a coach speaks for itself but the passion he brings to the game is what sets him apart. The Piranhas are here for the community and the kids. Our desire is to continue to provide opportunities for players and role models for our community. We need people with passion to infuse our program as we enter our 19th year as a USL organization. Matt can and will do just that".
Additionally, Busch comments that, "this is an incredible honor to be asked to coach in the USL for one of the finest organizations, the Piranhas. The PDL coaching staff and I are excited to participate in the selection process and compete on the PDL stage. This is a step in the right direction to advance the success of soccer in our area. The example provided by our athletes inspires my youth team to strive for excellence and achieve their dreams of become an elite level athlete."
The top developmental men's league in North America, the 2013 PDL features 65 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.
The Virginia Beach Piranhas are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to building a strong relationship with the youth organizations throughout the Hampton Roads community. Join us this May as we kick off the season at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. For Season Ticket, Try Out, and Volunteer information visit www.vbpiranhas.com