Matt Waddington's summer just got a lot busier.
The local coach at the club and high school levels has been named the new head coach for the Western New York Flash's United Women's Soccer team for the 2018 season, the club announced in a release Friday.
Waddington takes the mantle from Gary Bruce, who directed WNY through its first season in the UWS. Bruce is expected to remain an assistant for the Flash but will focus more on his role as Junior Academy Director of Coaching in the WNY Flash Academy.
Whether as a former Canisius College Griffin, Director of Coaching for Northtowns Soccer Club, nine-year pro in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, Buffalo Public School gym teacher or center back for Buffalo & District Soccer League premier division champion BSC Raiders, Waddington is a familiar name to many in the Buffalo soccer community.
"I think the Flash have created a great structure for the players in this area and I am looking forward to being a part of the organization,” the club's new head coach said in the release.
After assistant coaching the Empire United Girls 2000 squad last summer, Waddington - an alumnus of Grand Island High School who serves as an assistant for the Vikings' boys program - will also move into a role as a Western New York Flash Academy coach.
The Flash finished fifth out of seven teams in the UWS East Conference, compiling a record of 4-4-2. Midfielders Carissima Cutrona (UB) and Danielle Braun earned league honors following the campaign. The conference has added two teams for this summer, with franchises in Worcester and Farmington.