Stuart Collins Accepts Head Coaching Job For Grand Rapids FC

Grand Rapids, MI – Stuart Collins has been named Head Coach for Grand Rapids Football Club ahead of
their 2021 season. Collins, a native of Cork, Ireland, played collegiately for Davenport University. While
playing for the Panthers, he was a four-year starter and a captain for three of those years. He also racked
up the third-most minutes played in the school’s history and had a hand in multiple tournament
appearances. After graduating with a degree in Sports Marketing and Management, Collins moved into a
lead assistant coaching role for the Panthers in 2014. They have continued to enjoy success including an
NAIA National Championship in 2014.

On top of his collegiate coaching experience, Collins currently serves as the Executive Director of
Coaching at West Michigan Fire Juniors. There, he oversees the day-to-day business operations as well as
all technical content including curriculum, methodology, and more. Collins has also earned his UEFA C
and USSF C licenses. In addition to this, Stuart has been involved with local semi-professional team,
Muskegon Risers from 2016-2019 in both their indoor (MASL II) and outdoor (NPSL) seasons where he
has coached and played in both leagues.

When asked about this opportunity and his thoughts on the 2021 season Collins said, “I am very grateful
to the front office staff at Grand Rapids Football Club for giving me the opportunity to take on this
challenge. Grand Rapids has a very high soccer pedigree, and it is our responsibility to be at the forefront
of showcasing that.”

He added, “My goal for 2021 is to build a squad of players that can challenge nationally for the highest
honors within the USL League 2 platform, and I feel we are well on the way to doing this. I am also
passionate about developing a style of play that can become synonymous with the club and the city. I am
hopeful that this will give our fans some extra incentive to continue their overwhelming support of the
team. The priority is to put a quality product on the pitch for the fans to enjoy.”

General Manager, Joe Broekhuizen stated, “I have known Stu for many years as an opponent, a teammate,
and a coach. I have always respected his passion for the game and his knowledge both technical and
communicational. This is an exciting new chapter for the club as he brings a determined mindset and
vision for GRFC’s future. His background and experience speak volumes and we are confident he will do
great things for the club. He has already begun to sign some quality players and we are looking forward to
working alongside him to win for this city and our loyal fans.”

Catch the Boys in Blue as they return to action this May! The USL2 2021 full season schedule will be
released shortly. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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