The biggest youth soccer club in the City of Buffalo has made a major hire, as Delaware Soccer Club announced Monday that Brendan Murphy would become the organization's new director of coaching, beginning July 7.
"I am grateful to Delaware Soccer for granting me the opportunity to take on the role," Murphy said in a statement. "I have great respect for all of the people who have come before me to build the club to the level where it is now. I see tremendous potential for continued growth in all areas of the organization."
Over a series of interviews with the 13-member board of directors, Murphy impressed with his preparation.
"What drew us to [Murphy] was not just his extensive background in soccer, but also his extensive background in soccer development," said Elizabeth Laczi, the head of administration and finance for Delaware Soccer Club's board of directors. "He's well encrusted into Western New York soccer; he's built dynamic relationships with both players and coaching staff.
"Brendan added a little extra for us," Laczi continued, referring to his presentation. "He brought a plan for what he'd like to do for our programs and put a lot of thought into what he could bring. It wowed the board. His plans are a lot like our vision is right now, in how we'll present them to the community and the kids. We think he's going to be a real asset to this club."
In the second part of Murphy's statement, he echoed the emphasis on the club's next steps.
"I want to thank the board of directors for their confidence in me to help them carve out a vision for how to create a first-class soccer experience for all of our players, coaches and families," Murphy added. "I am excited to get to work with all of the great people involved with the club."
The duties of a director of coaching (DOC) include overseeing the development of players, coaches, club programs and the club as a whole.
In an email to parents and players late last week, Delaware announced Rudy Pompert, who'd served as DSC's director of coaching since 2014, was no longer with the club. Laczi cited a "difference in vision" between the board and Pompert as the chief reason for the split.
"There was a big difference in vision on where the club should be heading," said Pompert, when approached for comment by BN Soccer. "And the board decided it was time to let me go."
Now in his first year as goalkeeper coach for the United Soccer League's Rochester Rhinos, Murphy spent the previous four seasons at the helm of National Premier Soccer League squad FC Buffalo. He remains the head coach of the D'Youville College men's soccer team, a position he's held since 2013.
Founded in 1977, Delaware Soccer Club now has more than 1,400 players in total, including both boys and girls, ranging from house leagues (including the youngest group, the aptly-named Junior Park Rangers) to travel teams in Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League. DSC also runs a men's club in the Buffalo & District Soccer League's first division. The club is headquartered at 1424 Hertel Ave., next to Mes Que.
The connections between Murphy and Delaware Soccer run deep. The 6'6 goalkeeper, who won an NCAA Division III national championship with St. Lawrence University, was the backstop for purple-clad travel team Delaware Magic in the early 1990s, for either U-11 or U-12, under head coach Phil DiNunzio. In another "small world" story, Garrett Timms, a member of Delaware's board of directors, was the trainer for Murphy's college-title winning team in 1999.
Delaware's summer home is Point of the Meadow fields in Delaware Park, by the Scajaquada Expressway, while Delaware also began training in the new Nardin Academy facility, off of Hertel Avenue, last winter. The club is also affiliated with Global Premier Soccer, a local premier club, through their Elite Player Pathway.