VANCOUVER, WA — Vancouver Victory FC of the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) looks to have an entirely new coaching staff for its second season after a letter ‘leaking’ the news was sent by former Head Coach Biniam Afenegus to the club’s supporters group, The Vanguard. The letter was posted last week on the Vanguard Facebook page. Read the entire letter below.
After much consideration I have decided to step down as head coach of the Vancouver Victory. My two assistants (Sean Janson, Filomon Afenegus) have also decided to step down as well.
My decision, and those of my assistants, is not a critique of Barrett Goddard’s ownership and is based solely on the needs of our respective families. All three of us are very active coaches in the community and coaching during the summer for the Victory, while extremely rewarding, took away valuable time from our families. All three of us independently decided it was best to step down at this time.
In addition to my duties as the Men’s Head Coach at Clark College, I also am a Region IV Staff Coach for US Soccer and an Oregon ODP staff coach. I also very much enjoy helping as an Assistant coach for kids teams at Washington Timbers FC.
Sean is the Women’s Coach at Clark and also coaches his daughter’s team at Washington Timbers FC and his son’s team at Vancouver Parks and Recreation. Additionally Sean just recently accepted the position of Executive Director of the Washington Timbers which will require a substantial part of his time during the Spring & Summer months. Filomon is the Head Coach for both the boys and girls teams at Columbia River HS. His kids will soon be start playing as well.
The purpose of this letter is to convey how difficult this decision was for us and to relay our support of the Vancouver Victory going forward. Although we will not be running training sessions for the Victory, we will be in the stands rooting for our boys.
All three of us are very thankful for the opportunity provided to us to serve as the inaugural coaching staff for the Victory and we hope that we have established a level of professionalism and competitiveness which will endure. We are also thankful for all the support shown to us throughout the community but especially from the Vanguard supporters.
The Victory are working on their own announcement in regards to these developments and say they hope to have that available as soon as possible.
There was an “instant connection” between the former coaches and The Vanguard via Clark College soccer. A group that eventually formed The Vanguard had supported the NWAC Penguins and followed the coaches over to the (then) new EPLWA Victory. When the original coaching staff was announced The Vanguard greeted them with scarves, flares and smoke outside the pub.