(March 26, 2016) - NEFC is proud to announce it is expanding the club umbrella to include two new regions: North Shore and South Shore.
Boston Breakers coaches Dushawne “Doc” Simpson and Jack Abelson will help lead these new regions. Doc Simpson will lead the North Shore and Jack Abelson along with NEFC Staff Coach Matt Jones will lead the South Shore. The new regions will begin fielding NEFC Boys and NEFC-Breakers girl’s teams for the start of the 2016-17 club season, with tryouts to be announced for June.
The club will now encompass eight regions spread through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. These are Central Massachusetts, Metro Boston, Metro North, Metro South, New Hampshire, North Shore, South Shore and Southeast.
Expansion continues NEFC’s and the Boston Breakers Academy’s commitment to growing geographically and developing its players with an elite coaching staff and internal development structure targeted at identifying and fostering talent throughout the club’s regions. The NEFC-Breakers now offers a complete developmental pyramid on the girls side including the Boston Breakers U20, Boston Breakers Academy, and NEFC-Breakers Premier Teams. The partnership also brings a professional experience to the youth side including free season tickets, a professional coaching staff, and professional players interacting with youth teams.
“It’s really exciting to see the start of the North Shore and South Shore regions as we have always had an interest in those areas. We believe our brand and our philosophy can elevate the game in these regions and reach a lot of players in a positive way,” said Brian Mazar, NEFC President.
Doc is currently a Boston Breakers Assistant Coach. He is a long-time coach with the Aztec Soccer Club and has been coaching soccer overall for more than 20 years. With the Aztecs he served as the DOC in 2013 and 2014 and the WPSL Head Coach from 2006-2014. In 2013 and 2014, Doc was also the head coach of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Mass., where he won the 2014 New England Preparatory School Council Championship. Doc played professionally with the Boston Bulldogs, Connecticut Wolves, and New Hampshire Phantoms.
Matt has been with NEFC for over 2 years and has over 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, which include 2 trips to the NCAA Final Four. Prior to joining NEFC Matt coached at Black Watch Premier, FC Dutchmen Premier and the Alleycats. He coached US Club Soccer National runner-up and was the Youth Academy Director. Matt has a NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Jack works on the Boston Breakers staff as Development Training Director and Academy Coach. He has experience coaching club teams in the region, including working with Global Premier Soccer and the Boston Breakers Academy. He has coached teams at all levels, including ECNL. He also served as Clinic Director/Assistant Academy Director for the Breakers organization. He also coached in community programs for English Premier League team Aston Villa Football Club in England.
With Jack and Matt on the South Shore and Doc on the North Shore are both respected and top quality coaches who will be building their respective regions. They will do a fantastic job bringing the NEFC-Breakers brand to the region and expanding our mission of developing players to the next level in an elite soccer environment,” said Jason Braga, NEFC Director of Operations.