San Diego Flash Soccer Club Appoints New Head Coach
Warren Barton Promotes Assistant Coach Jerome Watson to Head Coach
Jerome Watson has been assistant coach of the West-South Champion San Diego Flash for the past 2 years that the club has played in the National Premier Soccer League. He is also a former player with the Flash from 1998 - 2001.
Watson grew up in San Diego, California and attended La Jolla High School where his team won 2 CIF Championships. He played collegiate soccer for U.C. Davis for 4 years. Jerome is a former U.S. soccer forward who went on to play professional and semi-pro soccer for 10 years with San Diego Nomads, California Jaguars, Colorado Foxes, UCOM Rajpracha (Thailand), and San Diego Flash.
Since his playing days, Watson has over 13 years of coaching experience. He coached 2 years middle school soccer at the San Diego Jewish Academy, was assistant coach at La Jolla High School Varsity, was Head Coach for 4 years at San Diego City College, and recently a youth coach with Encinitas Express and San Diego Flash assistant coach in in 2011 and 2012.
"I'm excited to take this next step in my coaching career." said Watson. "By coaching with a legend like Warren Barton for the past 3 years, I've had an opportunity to learn from someone who played our sport at the highest levels. We have assembled the best players in San Diego and I am looking forward to continuing our winning ways."
"We have the utmost confidence that Jerome and his staff will provide an exciting brand of soccer for the fans to watch in 2013. We recently had tryouts and are looking forward to adding new players to the foundation of Flash players who have won with us for the past 2 seasons." Said Warren Barton.
The Mission of the San Diego Flash Soccer Organization is to be an inspiration to the Youth Soccer Players in San Diego. Through our Partners, Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton, we want to give older players the opportunity to play professionally in their hometown of San Diego. Then through the connections of Eric and Warren, give them opportunities to play at higher levels elsewhere; when possible (i.e. Major League Soccer, US Men's National Team, Internationally, etc.).
The San Diego Flash plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The NPSL has teams in 63 soccer communities across the country and is the largest developmental soccer league in the United States.
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