A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Herdsman has coached with Midwest United FC since 2007, where he currently serves as Director of Sports Performance. Herdsman was awarded the 2017 Positive Coaching Alliance Caring Coach of the Year. He also served as head coach of the West Michigan Edge from 2007-08.
Colorado’s first choice (17th overall) in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft, Herdsman appeared in 51 regular season games in five seasons with the Rapids (2001-03) and the Columbus Crew (2004-05). The Kingston, Jamaica, native also appeared in five matches during the 2002 MLS Cup playoffs, helping Colorado reach the Western Conference Finals. Prior to starting his MLS career, Herdsman played professionally in Germany with Spandau BC before playing collegiate soccer at Cornerstone University, garnering WHAC Player of the Year honors in 2000.
In addition to his coaching success in club soccer, Bergsma was a member of the Forest Hills Central High School coaching staff, where he was a part of five MHSAA state championship teams. He also served as assistant coach of the PDL’s West Michigan Edge for two seasons. A native of Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, Bergsma played semi-professionally for AGOVV before moving to the United States.
Adding to his work with SRUSA, Chris has been a General Manager in the PDL, and has scouted for professional level organizations too.
“I would like to thank the hiring committee at Grand Rapids FC who have given me the opportunity to lead the women’s team for the upcoming UWS season” said Gilpin. “I look forward to continuing where Coach Allen left off and speak on behalf of everyone associated with the team in wishing him and his family the very best. To be a part of the club since day one and having the opportunity to help grow the brand and the sport in the area gives me great motivation. I will give my all to building a team that the Grand Rapids FC faithful and West Michigan can be proud of.”
A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Gilpin has worked with Midwest United FC since 2011 and currently serves as Boys Coordinator and Goalkeeping Director. He is also an ODP Goalkeeper Coach and the founder of Complete Goalkeeping.
Prior to his coaching career, Gilpin played one season at Davenport University in 2009, posting a 7-7-0 record with a 1.75 goals against average, a 0.714 save percentage and two shutouts in 15 starts. Gilpin represented Scotland at the U16 level, and spent time in the Sunderland and Newcastle United academies before signing a professional contract with Scottish powerhouse Celtic.