Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids Football Club announced today that James Gilpin has been offered and accepted the position of Head Coach of GRFC.
Gilpin has been a coach with GRFC since the inception of the club, working as an assistant/goalkeeper coach for the 2015-2017 seasons, and was the GRFC Women’s Head Coach during the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. While the Women’s coach, Gilpin led the Ladies in Blue to two straight Midwest Championship games, winning a title in 2018 and making a second straight appearance in the National Finals of the UWS. He is also a staff coach for the Midwest United Development Academy and assistant coach at Aquinas College.
“I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity and would like to thank the leadership group for showing trust in me to coach at such a great club” said Gilpin. “I am really excited and can’t wait to get started on this incredible project moving forward.”
Lewis Robinson stepped down as the Head Coach of GRFC to work as the Women’s UWS coach for Midwest United in December after two seasons. He will stay on as GRFC Technical Director and still have a leadership role in the club moving forward.
Gilpin has hit the ground running and already started putting the roster together for the club’s first campaign in USL League Two. The club will release several more player signings in the upcoming weeks.
Gilpin continued “I promise to be dedicated and to fight for this club in order to help re-establish our identity as we move into USL League Two. For me, Grand Rapids FC has always been about the local community, and building a team which takes pride in wearing the badge whilst bringing joy to our amazing supporters while inspiring the younger generation.”