Grand Rapids Football Club announced today that Chris Allen has been named Head Coach for the GRFC Women.
Allen, who is originally from Huddersfield England, is currently the Davenport University Women’s Head Coach and Girls Director of Coaching at Michigan Fire Juniors. In his nine seasons at Davenport, he has a 105-46-16 record while winning five WHAC titles and leading the Panthers on their journey from NAIA to NCAA D2 this year. He was also named NSCAA Coach of the Year in 2013. He currently holds a USSF “C” License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and an FA Level 2 Certificate.
“I am excited to take over the GRFC Women’s team after such an incredible first year of existence” said Allen. “As soon as I had my first conversation with Matt Roberts I knew that my outsider’s perception of GRFC being an excellent organization focused toward creating a genuine soccer community was reflected internally. I want to continue to build something special that the West Michigan community can collectively get behind and support. The accomplishments of the team last year were superb and we are looking to reward the supporters and community with much of the same next summer. Lewis Robinson and I share many of the same beliefs and philosophies on how the game should be played, and how to get the best out of players. Our number one objective for the women is to retain as many of the players from 2017 and add to them, building a roster of the best players possible. Part of this objective is my goal of having the best of West Michigan’s homegrown talent, alongside players from the collegiate level across Michigan. I cannot wait to start building the team along with hiring the coaching staff, and we will begin this immediately.”
GRFC President Matt Roberts commented “We couldn’t be more excited to have Chris on board to take over the Women’s team. He has a track record at the youth and college levels of building successful teams with a great style to their play. Chris was originally on the short list of candidates, and after speaking with him in person about the job it became clear he was the perfect choice to take over a highly successful team and continue to push our program forward. With his contacts and reputation, he will do a great job putting the roster together and producing a product on the field that our fans will be proud of”.