The Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club has made several coaching changes for the upcoming season including naming Will Montgomery as the Head Coach for the NPSL side, naming Jennifer Pfeiffer as the Head Coach for the WPSL side and adding Ante Jazic as a technical advisor. President of the Rangers, Jonathan Wardlaw commented on the reason for the shuffle, "As we started getting ready for the upcoming 2017 season, I felt the coaching roles and staff needed to be more defined. Last season we kind of coached by committee based on everyone's schedules. This season I think the coaches, fans and players deserve the definition and professionalism."
Will Montgomery, who was an integral part of the 2016 NPSL staff, will get the nod for the head coaching gig in 2017. "I’m super excited to see what Will can do on his own on the NPSL side. His passion for this club is immeasurable and I feel he will represent and lead the team with much success,” says Wardlaw. Montgomery adds, "I'm very thankful of this opportunity. The direction of the club is very exciting. Our goal in 2017 is to increase our level of competitiveness from last year, while continuing to elevate our level of play in the NPSL. I'm also thankful to be an integral part in making the LR Rangers a success in Little Rock and in the state of Arkansas. I'm looking forward to seeing the returning players, supporting staff, fans, and all of the local and statewide youth players from the various clubs at War Memorial stadium." Montgomery will name who's joining his coaching staff as assistants in the near future.
The WPSL side will be coached by Jennifer Pfeiffer who helped lead the Little Rock Rangers NPSL side to a 5-6-1 record in 2016, including four straight victories to end the season. Pfeiffer will look to build a team that capitalizes on the number of talented female soccer players in the state of Arkansas. Pfeiffer commented about the addition of the WPSL side when the team was announced earlier this summer, “What a great opportunity for the Women in Arkansas to continue to play soccer at a high level for the summer. We will be in the stands watching, recruiting college players this fall, and look forward to tryouts for Little Rock Rangers.” Tasha Flynn and Kevin Kelly will join Pfeiffer's staff as assistants.
Ante Jazic (wiki bio), who touts an impressive professional and international playing résumé, will be added to the Rangers' staff in the role of a technical advisor. Wardlaw talked about the benefit of adding a person with experience such as Jazic, “Very few know that we have a former MLS player and Canadian national player/coach living here. It was a no-brainer to reach out to him and see if he'd want to be a part of this. He's currently coaching for the Canadian Federation so he can't take a formal role with us; however, he agreed to help out as much as he can. With his experience we would love him involved as much as his busy coaching schedule will allow. I think he and the coaching staff will work great together."
The Rangers have also announced that Peter Smith will be moving away from coaching duties after moving to Northwest Arkansas, but will stay with the Rangers in the roll of player scout.
The Little Rock Rangers will kick off their second NPSL season and their first WPSL season in the spring of 2017. Club Memberships are now available at http://goo.gl/mSMOhL.
About the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club
In 2015 the Little Rock Rangers were accepted to compete in the South Region of the National Premier Soccer League and held their inaugural season in 2016 with games at historic War Memorial Stadium, in the heart of Little Rock, Arkansas. The Rangers were accepted in the Women’s Premier Soccer League in the summer of 2016 and the women’s side will begin play in 2017.
The Little Rock Rangers strive to improve soccer in the greater central Arkansas area by bringing in top quality players and coaches in order for the local youth to have an examples of how the sport should be played. One of the goals of the club is to be able to provide local soccer club scholarships to underprivileged but motivated children in the area, through extra revenue from ticket sales and donations received.
The Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club is a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation.