Kingston Stockade FC on Wednesday, Jan. 25 announced the hiring of David Lindholm as their new head coach. Lindholm, a coach at Bard College with a wealth of experience in American soccer, replaces former head coach George Vizvary, a local legend who guided the club through its inaugural season.
“Stockade would like to thank Coach Vizvary for all his great work in helping to build a strong foundation for our club,” said club Chairman Dennis Crowley. “We’re excited to welcome Coach Lindholm to our club. We know he’s the right person to help us continue building our club in a way that connects with the community while putting a great product out on the pitch.”
Before coming to Bard College as an assistant coach last summer, Lindholm coached in both the NCAA’s Divisions I (University of Massachusetts) and III (Western New England University and Middlebury College, where he won the National Championship in 2007).
Beginning in 2008, Lindholm spent six years in the front offices of Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. With Colorado, Lindholm served as the club’s Director of Media Relations, working alongside professional coaches like Predrag “Preki” Radosavljević, Robin Fraser, Gary Smith and Pablo Mastroeni.
Lindholm’s playing days include four years as a goalkeeper at Middlebury College prior to graduation in 2005. He followed college with two seasons at the semi-pro level with the now-defunct Vermont Voltage of the USL Premier Development League.
With association football clearly in his blood, Lindholm said he was looking forward to taking over as the head coach of Stockade FC in just its second season.
“This club has done amazing things in a short time, and it is an honor to have been given this opportunity,” said Lindholm. “I would like to thank Dennis and the entire Stockade staff for putting their faith in me, and I look forward to a great season.”
Stockade FC’s first season was marked by wild fan support and a stellar 5-0-3 home record at Dietz Stadium. It will fall upon Lindholm and his still-unnamed staff to build on those successes, including teaching the club how to win on the road. Kingston went 0-3-5 on the road in 2016.
While the roster will include some holdovers from last season, the club is also looking at adding some new blood to the mix. Open tryouts, which brought in players like National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) player of the week (June 4, 2016) Michael Creswick and Matel Anasta, who earlier this month flew to Los Angeles for the annual NPSL player showcase.
For more information on open tryouts, inquire at email@example.com.