Head Coach George Moni

Grand Rapids Football Club is proud to announce that George Moni has agreed to become the Head Coach of GRFC for the 2015 season.

Moni, who is the Technical Director for GR Crew Juniors, has a long and successful history of developing talent around West Michigan. He has coached at the youth, high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Moni , 45, has earned a USSF “A” license, EUFA “B” lic…ense, and an NSCAA Premier Diploma.

George was born in Lushnje, Albania and received a degree in Physical Education/Health from the University of Tirana. He played professionally in Albania for three different clubs, and appeared for the Albania National Team at the U17, U19, and U21 levels.

Founder Matt Roberts commented “We are delighted that George has accepted the head coaching position for GRFC. We know he has the experience, knowledge, and personality to guide the organization through the inaugural 2015 season. He is well known and liked throughout the soccer world, and will help us attract top players”.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this great opportunity. Grand Rapids is the place I call home and has an outstanding soccer loving community” said Moni. “I love the idea of a team Grand Rapids can all support, as I have spent the past ten years helping develop the West Michigan soccer scene and I am honored to be the first coach of GRFC in this new journey”.

Q & A with George:

We sat down with Head Coach George Moni to get his perspective on GRFC and soccer in GR.

1. What made you want to coach for GRFC?

The opportunity to take soccer in Grand Rapids to the next level. Doing something for our city and soccer loving community excites me. …

2. What is your preferred style of play?

I prefer an attractive style of play with a more possession oriented offense combined with a disciplined defense that can press high on the pitch when dispossessed.

3. Do you have a favorite formation?

4-3-3,or variation of it, but the quality of our players will dictate our system. Once we create stability then we will concentrate more on our system.

4. Are there any players in particular you are looking forward to working with this summer?

All players. We have so much talent locally and that’s going to be great for our chemistry and provide a strong foundation. I am excited to work with all of them.

5. What are you most excited about seeing this summer?

The fans and supporter group. Hopefully we lay down the foundation for greater things to come for our city.

6. If you had one message for the fans, what would it be?

Come out and support us. This is a GR team and would love to see the entire soccer loving community behind us.