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Fresno FC announces technical staff for inaugural USL season

By Angel Moreno, 01/26/18, 4:00PM PST


FRESNO, Calif., — Fresno Football Club today announced its complete technical staff for its 2018 inaugural season. Fresno FC Assistant General Manager Jeremy Schultz will serve a dual role also as Director of Soccer Operations, and Robert Earnshaw, Gordon Young and Ryan Kenny will join head coach Adam Smith’s staff as assistant coaches. Also joining the team’s technical staff are Alphonso Thompson, strength & conditioning coach; David Holford, head athletic trainer; Hugo Caballero, equipment manager, Brian Zwaschka, head of video analysis, and Dr. Jason Gray, head of sport science.

“It’s been a long and diligent process putting together the inaugural first-team staff for Fresno FC, but it’s been worth the time and effort and I’m looking forward to working alongside a great staff,” Smith said. “I think we have a good blend of knowledge and experience, internationally and locally. I believe we’ve got a group of leadership that is hungry for an opportunity to succeed at this level,” he added.

Schultz, a native of Madera, Calif., is the former general manager for the PDL Fresno Fuego, where he was the club’s leader since 2008, before its acquisition by Fresno Football Club in 2017. Under Schultz’ leadership, the Fuego consistently ranked in the top three in attendance nationally at PDL level and enjoyed success on the field, claiming three division titles (2011, 2013, 2016) and one regular season championship (2011) during his tenure. In 2017, the club was named the 2017 PDL Franchise of the Year. As a player, Schultz won back-to-back PDL National Championships with the Central Coast Roadrunners in 1996 and 1997.

Earnshaw joins the Fresno FC staff after spending the previous season on the coaching staff of the club’s MLS affiliate, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, where he was assistant of the club’s Under-17 Residency program. The Welshman holds his UEFA B Coaching License and is currently pursuing his UEFA A License.  Earnshaw, a striker, retired from professional soccer in 2016 after an 18-year career that saw him score 220 goals for 11 clubs in six different countries. He broke goal-scoring records at Cardiff City, scoring 35 during the 2002-03 season to beat a 56-year-old mark set by Stan Richards. Internationally, Earnshaw made 59 appearances for Wales, scoring 16 goals from 2002 to 2012. Earnshaw is the only player to record a hat-trick in every professional league in England, including the FA Cup and League Cup, and for his country at the international level. After his playing career, Earnshaw was named head coach of Vancouver’s Under-14 residency program in 2016.

Young is Fresno FC’s second assistant coach and will also serve as head coach of the club’s PDL Under-23 side. He holds his UEFA Pro and A Coaching Licenses, and most recently was assistant head coach for Dundee United FC, of the Scottish Championship. He has also coached with Sheffield United FC from 2013-15 and Motherwell FC from 2000-13. Young received his Business Studies degree from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Kenny joins Fresno FC as the club’s goalkeeper coach. A 2005 graduate of Buchanan High School, Kenny played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State. He spent four seasons with the PDL Fresno Fuego and was part of the 2007 squad that won a Southwest Division crown and reached the PDL National Semifinals to be named Co-Defensive Player of the Year. His spent the 2011 season with the USL Rochester Rhinos before injuries ended his playing career and was a training goalkeeper with Real Salt Lake. Kenny holds United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Goalkeeper 1 & 2 Licenses.

Thompson joins the staff after serving as the performance coach for the PDL Fresno Fuego for the previous two seasons, and Fresno City College women’s soccer program. He has USL experience, having served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for Sacramento Republic FC for the 2014 season. Thompson is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he obtained his B.S, in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He received his M.S.,  in Kinesiology, Sports Psychology from California State University, Fresno in 2016.

Holford joins the Foxes’ staff after spending the previous three seasons as the PDL Fresno Fuego’s  head athletic trainer. He also spent the previous two years as an athletic trainer for Fresno Unified, primarily serving the McLane High School athletics program. Holford is graduate of Fresno State, receiving his B.S. in Kinesiology, Athletic Training, and is studying for his M.A., in Kinesiology.

Caballero comes on as the club’s equipment manager and U-23 goalkeeping coach after serving as the goalkeeper trainer for the PDL Fresno Fuego and youth club Clovis Crossfire. He is the goalkeeper coach and boys varsity assistant coach at Clovis High School. A native of Mexico City, Caballero moved to California in 1990, lettering in soccer at Roosevelt High School and later Fresno City College.

Zwaschka joins the Foxes’ staff as head of video analysis, and will also remain in his role as head coach of the Fresno State women ‘s soccer program, where he has coached since 2009. He also spent the previous two seasons as head coach of the PDL Fresno Fuego, leading the club to consecutive postseason appearances, including a spot in the Western Conference Finals in 2017 and a Central Pacific Division title in 2016. Zwaschka played professional six years, including time with the USL’s Des Moines Menace and Connecticut Wolves, formerly of the A-League.

Gray comes on as the head of sports science with a wealth of experience in Physical Therapy and Exercise Physiology. He graduated Magna Cum Laude for both his B.S and M.P.T. from Fresno State and obtained his doctorate in physical therapy. Gray is a member of the California and American Physical Therapy Associations. Gray captained the Fresno State men’s soccer team and was an academic All-American in 1992-93. He and his wife, Kyndra, opened Physiomotion Physical Therapy Inc., in Fresno in 2004. In 2018, Gray launched ADEPTUS, the Athletic Development Enhancing Performance Training Unique Skills program.

Also helping to address the club’s medical needs will be Dr. Jocelyn Vartanian, of Physiomotion, and the doctors and physicians of Northwest Medical Group.

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