Oregon Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Henry Aiyenero will join the club as Director of Coaching.
Aiyenero, who holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license, starts his new position Aug. 7. He succeeds Kevin Gowrie, who is leaving Oregon SC after two years as DOC and seven years overall to become the Boys Director of Coaching at Team Chicago SC in Aurora, Ill.
"I want to thank the Oregon Soccer Club Board members. I am very grateful for the opportunity," Aiyenero said. "As the new Director of Coaching, I will bring the commitment and energy necessary to be successful. I will help create a soccer culture that is a learning community, and allow our coaches to teach and our players to learn."
Aiyenero was born in Nigeria and grew up in Canada, played college soccer at Bethel (Ind.) and went on to play professional and semi-pro soccer in Hong Kong and Brazil. He has a wealth of coaching experience, most recently having served as the Director of Soccer Operations for Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer in Traverse City, Mich., for the past three years.
Prior to joining TBAYS, Aiyenero was the Director of Coaching for Stingers SC in Evergreen, Colo., from 2011 to '13. He also was an assistant for the Edgewood College men's and women's teams from 2004 to '09, was an associate youth director for Middleton Yahara SC (now known as Rush Wisconsin) from 2004 to '06 and was a player/assistant coach for the Madison 56ers men's amateur team in the National Premier Soccer League from 2007 to '11.
In addition to his USSF "A" license, Aiyenero holds a Premier License and a National Youth License from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He's also served on the coaching staff of the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program.
Aiyenero's coaching philosophy matches perfectly with Oregon SC's established style of play and player development model, with a focus on skills and attractive, possession-based soccer.
"'Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of being.' My best is to promote the club at the next level, where all players are inspired, challenged and empowered," Aiyenero said.
As the DOC, Aiyenero will serve as the resource on all coaching and player development aspects within the club. Some of his specific duties include:
Please join the Oregon SC Board in welcoming Henry into our club and community. We are excited to have him join Oregon SC and help us continue to our mission of fostering youth growth and development through soccer and enjoyment of the game.
"Coach Aiyenero has several qualities that make him an excellent coach: He has endless energy to devote to the game and players, he has a very good concept of the game as a player coupled with an ability to transmit those ideas to younger players, and mainly Henry's love of the game as well as working with people shines through every day."
- Jim Launder, Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association Director of Coaching
"His energy and passion is infectious, and players of all ages and gender truly enjoy learning from him."
- Vince Ganzberg, NSCAA Academy staff coach
"He has worked the Notre Dame soccer camps for many years as age group director and has a truly wonderful personality. The youngsters who attend camp just love him. His personality, his ability as a player and his coaching make him an excellent ambassador."
- Bobby Clark, Notre Dame men's soccer coach