It is with bittersweet sentiment that Oregon Soccer Club announces Kevin Gowrie will leave his role as Director of Coaching this summer.
Gowrie will continue working with Oregon SC through July 21, then will join Team Chicago SC, based in Aurora, Ill. He will oversee Team Chicago's boys development program for Under-10 through Under-19 players and coach several boys teams.
The Oregon SC Board wholeheartedly thanks Kevin for his many contributions and tireless commitment to our club over the past seven years. During his time here, he has made a positive impact on a countless number of players and helped us establish new standards and reach new heights, reinforcing our club’s mission to help all players develop. We wish him the best of luck at Team Chicago and in all of his future endeavors.
Gowrie, a native of Perth, Scotland, started coaching in the U.S. in 2010 and was named the Oregon SC Director of Coaching before the 2015-16 season.
"I would like to thank you for all your support over the last seven years," Gowrie said. "I truly appreciate the opportunity that I have had to work at the club, first as part of Challenger Sports and then as the coaching director. I have enjoyed some incredible times here and will always see Oregon as my second home.
"Oregon has been so much more than a job to me, it has been my life. I have met some amazing people and had so many great memories here. Thank you again for welcoming me so warmly into your community. I will miss this place."
As the Director of Coaching, his duties included overseeing Oregon SC competitive team coaches, providing guidance and instruction for the many volunteer coaches in our Recreational and In-House programs, creating a club-wide coaching and playing philosophy and leading winter indoor footskills sessions. Gowrie also created the curriculum for the Oregon SC Academy (Under-9/10) and Pre-Academy (Under-8) programs, which earned Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association accreditation in Fall 2015, and continued to coach selected competitive teams.
The search for his successor already is underway.