General Manager Frank Yallop, left, and President Ray Beshoff, right
Professional soccer in Fresno is the dream and vision of Ray Beshoff. Ray believes Fresno is an ideal market for a professional soccer organization, considering the enthusiastic fan base and the dynamics of the community. Through his leadership, Fresno Football Club has become a reality.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Ray grew up in Liverpool, England with soccer and loves the sport. He played soccer in England as a young boy and is a devoted follower of the sport. He moved to the U.S. in the early 1980s and became a successful businessman. He went to work for a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Southern California and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a partner. He made it the highest volume Mercedes-Benz dealer in the U.S. After 18 years of success with that dealership, he acquired his own Mercedes-Benz and Infinity stores in San Jose. Six years ago, he purchased the Mercedes-Benz of Fresno dealership and is delighted to have Scott Biehl as his partner.
Ray is involved in other business activities and is very active in the Beshoff Family Foundation, which helps foster children, abused and neglected children. Ray lost his mother at the age of ten and is very sympathetic to that cause. He is married and has three daughters.
Ray decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning a professional soccer club and created the investor group, Fresno Football Club, Inc., the parent of Fresno Football Club. It is Ray’s passion for soccer that drives his commitment to make the Fresno Football Club experience exceptional for soccer fans. In addition to building an exciting soccer family experience, Ray intends to make the organization an exemplary model for local businesses and have the team fully engaged in the community.
Frank Yallop has spent more than 30 years in professional soccer as a player, coach and now as the Fresno Football Club’s general manager. Frank played in England for 16 years with Ipswich Town in the English Premier League and First Division, and later in Major League Soccer with the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
He was the Head Coach for the San Jose Earthquakes from 2001-2003 where he led the team to two MLS Cup titles. He then spent two years coaching the Canadian National Team. He returned to the U.S. in 2006 to coach the Los Angeles Galaxy and in 2008 took over the reins of the Earthquakes again. He later coached the Chicago Fire and most recently the USL’s Phoenix Rising FC.
In addition to his impressive coaching accomplishments, Frank was named MLS Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2012 and won the MLS Supporters Shield in 1996 as a player and also a coach in 2012. He won MLS Cup twice in 2001 and 2003. Outside of soccer, Frank is a devoted husband and father with a wife of 26 years, Karen, and two boys, Jack (18) and Sam (13).
As General Manager of Fresno Football Club, Frank’s tremendous experience and leadership skills will be instrumental in making our team a winner.
Adam Smith was announced as the first head coach in the history of Fresno Football Club on November 9, 2017.
Smith, 46, spent three seasons as the top assistant at Sacramento Republic FC, helping the club to the playoffs each year and a 2016 Western Conference regular season title. Also during his time in Sacramento, Smith was the Technical Director of Coaching at Elk Grove Soccer Club.
Smith served as the Portland Timbers goalkeeping coach for two seasons from 2010-11 when Portland joined MLS. In 2012, Smith transitioned to serve as the academy director and goalkeeping director.
Born in England, Smith began his career as a youth in the Everton FC academy. Smith later went on to spend a year professionally with Walsall FC, after completing a degree in business and sports coaching at Manchester Metropolitan University. As a player, Smith has played for teams in Asia, Scotland and the USA as a full-time professional and semi-professional player. He won back-to-back USL Pro championships in 2002 and 2003 with the Long Island Rough Riders and Wilmington Hammerheads, respectively.
Smith holds a UEFA “A” and USSF “A” Licenses, USSF “Professional B” License, USSF “National Goalkeeper” License, NSCAA Director of Coaching License, and NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeper License.