BREMERTON, Wash. — The Kitsap Pumas are renewing their soccer connections with the greater peninsula as they welcome back former assistant coach Andrew Chapman to the same position he formerly held with the club.
“Over the years Andrew has been a great friend, colleague and rival,” says Pumas head coach James Ritchie. The two once met on opposite benches when Olympic College played Peninsula in the NWAACC. Chapman was an assistant with Kitsap up until 2012. “Andrew did great work for the club in the past and had a big part to play in assembling the 2011 National Championship team,” Ritchie explains. “Andrew is a great coach. His fantastic work ethic and great organizational skill will make him a vital part of the Pumas staff.”
This time Chapman will do more than assist the PDL club. He’ll jump into the growin Pumas youth scene. “We are also very happy to announce that he is going to be a massive part of the Pumas youth program. Having a top class coach with Andrew’s status will be great for the kids in the area. I believe Andrew is one of the top young coaches in the US. His knowledge of the game and great college links will help progress his teamsand the youth academy as a whole.
“Bringing Andrew in proves how dedicated the Pumas are about making our youth club the top program in the area for the development of high level young players.”
Former assistant Justin Stoddard has stepped down as an assistant coach due to work commitments.
“Working with Justin has been a great experience and I have learned a lot from him. Justin will always be a part of the Puma family and we wish him well. We are looking forward to seeing Justin cheering us on from the stands this year.”
About Andrew Chapman
Head Coach Chapman enters his tenth season at Peninsula College, where he has had enormous success, including a 2010 & 2012 NWAACC championship. In the fall of 2012 he was named NWAACC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career and his team finished ranked #7 in the nation. Coach Chapman’s Pirates have enjoyed eight straight trips to the playoffs, five Final Four appearances and five West Division Championships. In addition to coaching the Pirates, Chapman was an assistant coach for the Kitsap Pumas, a professional soccer team based out of Bremerton, from 2009-2011. Prior to coming to the Peninsula, he spent two years as an assistant coach under George Hageage at the Division 1 Eastern Washington University. He has his National B license from the United States Soccer Federation, putting him among a select few coaches in America. He also has his Advanced National Diploma and Director of Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He also is on the staff for the Washington State Youth Soccer Association as an instructor for E and D coaching licenses. Chapman has a Master’s of Science in Physical Education with emphasis in Pedagogy/Coaching and Sports Management/Administration from Eastern Washington University (2003). In addition to coaching, he serves Peninsula College as Director Soccer and Associate Faculty.
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