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The Michigan Fire Juniors is very excited to announce another major addition to our Soccer Leadership Team. Chris Allen is new Girls Director of Coaching. Allen has been the Head Coach of the Davenport University Women's Soccer program for the past six seasons.
Chris will have some very big shoes to fill, in stepping in and continuing the work that Kristin Englehart started. We are confident that he is the right person for the job. He will be working to further develop the successful girls program at Michigan Fire Juniors. Chris has vast amounts of coaching experiences, he has been a 3 time Michigan State Cup champion, 3 time Midwest Regional League Champion and a W-League W-20 National Champion. After five seasons at the helm of the Davenport program Allen's influence on the women's soccer program became complete in 2013 when his Panthers captured back to back Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and appearances to the NAIA Tournament.
Chris also has a wealth of coaching credentials. He has an English FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate (UEFA C License), an English FA Level 1 Coaching Certificate and a USSF E & D Coaching Certificate.
Under Allen's guidance, DU finished the 2013 season ranked #7 in the country and a trip to the national quarterfinals. For his role in piloting a team to another largely successful campaign, the WHAC coaches agreed to name Allen the league's Coach of the Year for a second year in a row. Allen was also named the 2013 NSCAA Mideast Regional Coach of the Year after compiling a 19-3-1 record.
Allen commented "I am delighted to be joining Michigan Fire Juniors at a very exciting time in the clubs development. My new role with MFJ is one that truly allows to me start sharing a larger amount of my experience and knowledge to help players and club alike to continue to develop and move in a positive direction. I have a colossal passion to help this club become a highly competitive youth soccer program, and offer a quality and unique experience to its members. I have to commend the hard work that has already been put forth by so many people in making MFJ a fantastic place to coach, play, and develop. I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for MFJ, and having a significant influence on the club in a leadership role."
Coach Allen will be joining us right after the spring season ends with an eye towards club tryouts and team formation. Welcome him to the club when you see him.