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Theisen Rejoins Women’s Staff

 


Livonia City FC is proud to announce that Emily Theisen is rejoining our Women’s First Team staff as Assistant Coach. She played for the club in 2018 and 2019, before joining the staff at the beginning of last season after suffering an ACL tear. Emily continues the recovery process for her injury and hopes to be playing again by the end of this season.

Prior to LCFC, Emily played 4 years for Adrian College as a midfielder. She also has coaching experience with Pacesetter Soccer Club from 2016 to 2017.

Club President, Craig Beebe, said: “We’re glad to have Emily back involved with the club for another season. While we hope she recovers well from her injury and gets back to playing, we know she’ll be a great addition to the Women’s staff and a great resource for our players.”


 

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Mortensen Returns As Strength And Conditioning Coach

 


Livonia City FC has announced the return of Nick Mortensen as the club’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Entering his 4th season with the club, Nick is an extremely experienced health and wellness educator that has implemented numerous exercise, nutrition and health programs.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness in Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science from Lipscomb University and is on track to finish his Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Human Performance from Concordia University Chicago this year.

Aside from working with LCFC, Nick is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Madonna University, an Adjunct Faculty and Online Course Developer at Aurora University in Illinois and a Medical Integration Coordinator at The Health & Fitness Center in Ann Arbor.

Club President, Craig Beebe, said: “We’re so fortunate to have Nick continue to be involved with the club and give us an upper hand in training and our preparation, as well as injury prevention.”

As our Strength and Conditioning Coach, Nick will work with both our men’s and women’s teams to create programs focusing on speed, agility, strength, and injury prevention, as well as assessing injuries and developing post-rehabilitation programs.


 

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Hunter Joins Staff As Goalkeeper Coach

 


Livonia City FC would like to welcome Justin Hunter to the club as our Goalkeeper Coach, where he will work with both our men’s and women’s goalkeepers. Justin currently serves as the Director of Goalkeeping for Downriver Rush, a position he’s held since 2017. He also has experience coaching at the high school level with Gabriel Richard Catholic High School, where he was the Girls Assistant Coach, Girls JV Coach and Boys Varsity Coach, as well as with Allen Park High School where coached both boys and girls varsity during his time there.

As a player, Justin spent time with the Novi Jaguars and the Downriver Rush. He didn’t limit himself to just soccer though as he also played college football for Albion College and was on the 2011 team that was crowned MIAA Champions.

Justin currently holds a USSF National D License and a United Soccer Coaches Level 3 Goalkeeping Certificate, as well as a United Soccer Coaches LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Certificate.

He had this to say about joining LCFC: “I’m really excited to joining the club and I’m looking forward to see how I can grow as a coach given the quality of players within the organization.

Not only will I challenge them to give everything they’ve got during each session, but I will also make sure I’m on the top of my game to bring the best sessions and planning possible”

Club President, Craig Beebe, added: “We’re so glad to welcome Justin aboard as this will be the first time our club has a dedicated Goalkeeper Coach. We know he’ll be a major boost for our training sessions and the rest of our coaching staff.”

 


 

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Hayes Announced As Women’s MPSL Head Coach

 


Livonia City FC is proud to welcome back Phil Hayes to the LCFC staff as our Women’s MPSL Head Coach and Women’s First Team Assistant. With the club since 2017, Phil joins the women’s staff after serving as coach for the Men’s B team and U23 team in the past two seasons.

Along with coaching for LCFC, Hayes is the Head Coach for Riverview Gabriel Richard Girls Varsity, as well as JV Boys Head Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Livonia Churchill High School. Also, he recently joined the Milan Storm SC as Technical Director and coach, having previously held a coaching role with the Dearborn Jaguars.

Club President, Craig Beebe, said: “We’re glad to have Phil back with the club for another year. He’s been a great help for Gaven and our men’s teams and look forward to having him work with JB on growing our women’s side.”

Hayes added: “I’m ready to work with JB on developing our women’s teams and consider him a great friend, so we expect to have a strong coaching dynamic. We know that both the UWS2 and MPSL schedules will be competitive, but we’re ready for the challenge.”

Phil is currently working on obtaining his coaching licenses and aside from soccer, he also teaches in the Farmington Public School District.

 


 

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Matthew Brown Joins Men’s Coaching Staff

 


Livonia City FC has announced the hiring of Matthew Brown as U23 Head Coach for the 2021 season. Matthew is a welcome addition to club, as he will help develop our U23 players in the Michigan Premier Soccer League (MPSL) Premier Division and MPSL League Cup. He will also serve as an assistant coach under Gavin King with the men’s first team.

A Spring Arbor University men’s soccer alum, Matthew is currently an assistant coach for the SAU men’s staff under head coach, Josh Oakley. Before SAU, he had stops at the University of Saint Francis (IN) and Fort Wayne Sport Club. Matthew currently holds a USSF F Coaching License.

Club President, Craig Beebe, said: “We are so happy to welcome Matthew to the club. He’ll be a major help for coach King and our player development. The MPSL¬† is still a competitive league that we want to win and with Matthew’s leadership, we hope it’ll lead to more U23 players being brought up to the first team.”

Matthew added: “I’m excited to join Livonia City. I’m looking forward to learning and growing as a coach, and ready for this new challenge. This is a special club and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. I can’t wait for a Summer full of quality football and hopefully a few pieces of silverware.”

A Toronto, Canada native, Matthew currently resides in Spring Arbor with his wife Faith and their daughter Myla.

 


 

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Belton Named Women’s GM and Head Coach

 


Livonia City FC has announced Jeremiah “JB” Belton as our Women’s GM and Head Coach, taking over for former Head Coach, George Easter. He started with the club in 2019, where he served as our Women’s MPSL Assistant Coach before moving up to First Team Assistant Coach last season, as well as the Women’s MPSL Head Coach.

Along with coaching for LCFC, Belton serves as an Assistant Coach for the University of Detroit Mercy Men’s team, a position he’s held since August 2019.

He is also an assistant coach with MSYSA with the 2005 and 2006 age groups for the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) Olympic Development Program (ODP). JB also holds a USSF C License.

Club President, Craig Beebe added: “We’re so happy to have JB continue on as GM and Head Coach for our Women’s side. He’s been a major asset for us on and off the field since he’s been with the club.”¬†

Belton, said: ” It’s been a pleasure working with LCFC so far and I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading our Women in the competitive UWS League 2, while also helping grow the club further.”

Our women’s team have joined the inaugural season for the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) League 2 and will begin play in May. Look for more announcements on the rest of our coaching staff later this week.

 


 

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LCFC Partners With Hope & Glory Sportswear

 


We are proud to announce that Hope & Glory Sportswear has partnered with LCFC to become the official kit and technical wear supplier for the 2021 season. Not only will they outfit the men’s and women’s teams, but H & G will also provide gear for our entire coaching staff.

Having tested out an initial run of jersey’s in 2020, Livonia City selected Hope & Glory due to their high-quality bespoke kits and their environmentally friendly EcoKits, which are made up of approximately 16 single-use plastic bottles. The EcoKits will be available for both our players, as well as for our replica fan kits. You can find more information on the EcoKit here.

 

Craig Beebe, Livonia City FC President, said: “We’re really excited to work with Hope and Glory this season and are very pleased with the quality of the jerseys, as well as their commitment to using sustainable materials.”

Ric Dennis, the owner of Hope & Glory Sportswear, added: “We’re very pleased to have been chosen by Livonia City FC as their official kit supplier and are excited to part of their continued growth.”


The 2021 Livonia City kits are now available for pre-order until March 22nd. Check out the club store now to order!