James Armstrong to Join Auburn Tigers in SEC
Mar 13 2013 - LSC Staff
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James Armstrong has accepted the Assistant Coach position at Auburn University, working with Karen Hoppa at one of the SEC’s elite programs.
“It is a bittersweet moment for Lonestar SC” commented LSC DoC, Don Cameron, “we are delighted for James, this is a tremendous opportunity professionally for him, in addition we are proud that LSC coaches are being recruited by elite collegiate organizations, it speaks volumes for James and for the club.”
Auburn Tigers Head Coach, Karen Hoppa, clearly pleased with her recruit, noted “We are thrilled to have James join our staff. His experience at Lonestar SC has made him one of the top club coaches in the country. His character and integrity are a perfect fit for the Auburn family, and I have no doubt that he will make our program better.”
In typical James fashion, his parting words are gracious, confident and motivational, “I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the growth of this wonderful club throughout my time at Lonestar. I am leaving behind many great players, families and coaching colleagues, and will follow the continued success that is inevitable with the fabulous development structure that has evolved in recent years at Lonestar.”
On his new challenge, James continued, “I am obviously incredibly excited for the new challenge ahead. The Auburn Women's Soccer program is rich in tradition with great facilities, players and staff. They truly made me feel part of their family atmosphere and I cannot wait to help them move forward in the seasons ahead in the highly competitive SEC Conference.”
James has been at Lonestar SC since its inception in 2004, he progressed through the ranks and coached at all levels of play. His ability to lead, develop and work hard meant he took on director responsibilities very early in his LSC career. James was the Girls Jr. Academy DoC for three years, the Girls DI DoC for three years and most recently an ECNL Head Coach and PL Girls DoC. James set a tremendous example to staff that worked for him, he leads by example and has high expectations of everyone around him.
“James will be missed at Lonestar SC, there is no doubt. Fortunately, though, his diligent and thorough approach to his profession has helped develop multiple younger staff along the way and prepare them to carry on his great work, without breaking stride”, added Rob Ferguson, LSC Business Manager. James begins his new role, March 22nd, 2013 with the Tigers.
Lonestar SC Technical Advisor, and current USYNT Staff member, Mark Carr will take on the Girls PL DoC position, effective immediately. Mark will be assisted by Tristan Donovan, who had an excellent first season coaching in the Lonestar PL program, guided by James in 2012/3. On accepting the PL DoC position, Carr stated, “First of all, I would like to congratulate James on his new position and secondly I am excited to build on the great work James, Tristan and all the LSC coaches have done with the girls program. I am looking forward to setting new standards and expectations as we continue to move the program even further forward.”
Finally, Lonestar SC has begun a nationwide search for a top level girls coach to come in and work as part of our existing staff; a posting that can be found on the NSCAA website.