GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Football Club on Tuesday named James Gilpin as the new head coach of the GRFC Women’s Team.
Gilpin, 27, becomes the third head coach in GRFC Women’s Team history after spending the last three seasons as the goalkeeping coach for the men’s team. Under his tenure, the Boys in Blue recorded 13 competitive clean sheets, including both 2016 Midwest Region playoff matches.
“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.
GRFC opens the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, May 5 as the Ladies in Blue host the Midwest United U19 squad at 7 p.m. at Grandville High School. Additional home dates confirmed by United Women’s Soccer include May 13, May 20, June 2, June 30 and July 8.