Columbus Eagles fans will notice a few fresh faces on the pitch when the club takes the field at Resolute Athletic Complex on Saturday night. Astute fans will notice changes in the technical area as well.
Columbus promoted former assistant coach Daniel Seiffert to head coach for the 2018 season. His predecessor Mark Wise jumps over to the business side of the club to take over as Chief Executive Officer.
Seiffert comes highly regarded as he recently earned his “A” coaching license from the U.S. Soccer Federation. That license is the second highest given out by the federation.
“Daniel joined the Eagles as an assistant coach for our 2017 season after filling in for me for a few sessions in prior years,” Wise said in a statement released by the club. “He quickly demonstrated his ability to gain the player’s respect and to lead them in training. Our results in 2017 reflected his contributions. I am very excited to see what Daniel will do with this year’s team.”
When he isn’t coaching the Eagles, Seiffert is the head coach for the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Women’s Soccer Team. In his ninth season at MVNU, the Cougars went 10-6-2 and advanced to the conference tournament for the ninth straight season.
Last season was the best for the Eagles in franchise history. Columbus finished in third place in the valley division, setting club records for points, goals scored, and fewest goals conceded in a single season.
“A goal of ours is to continue to help this club get better one day at a time,” Seiffert said of his new team. “We are working on developing a culture…as we have high goals and aspirations as a team and organization, but we have to focus on the daily process in order to achieve those standards we have established.”
Seiffert continued, “We have a great group of women on this team who are very talented and driven soccer players. We have a good core returning for this upcoming year and we cannot wait to get another year of training and playing underway.”
Fans can catch a glimpse of Seiffert and the rest of the Eagles on Saturday December 30th at 7pm as they take on the Cincinnati Sirens. Tickets are still available, and it should be a good game, the Sirens last trip to Columbus wasn’t a welcome one as Cincinnati took a 4-2 loss on June 24th inside MAPFRE Stadium.