Longwood University’s Jon Atkinson to lead Alliance in 2018
Charlottesville Alliance FC is proud to announce that Jon Atkinson has been named head coach for the 2018 Season. Atkinson brings expertise from his long coaching career at Longwood University where he has been the head coach for twelve seasons and was chosen as the Big South Coach of the Year in 2013. Prior to his appointment to head at Longwood in 2005, Atkinson spent two seasons as an assistant for the Lancers. Atkinson holds a US Soccer Coaching A License and serves on the Board of Directors for the Thunder FC soccer program in Farmville, Virginia. Atkinson is a native of Newcastle, England and played professionally at Sunderland and Darlington FC. Atkinson will be accompanied at Alliance FC by his Longwood assistant coach, Sam Avery, who has served as Atkinson’s assistant for the past 3 years.
“Firstly I want to thank the board at Charlottesville alliance for trusting me to spearhead their inaugural campaign. I am humbled and honored to take the reins and do what I can to do to ensure we have a successful campaign. I knew from the first meeting that this is a special club with special people involved and for me that was imperative as relationships spark energy and enthusiasm throughout which will translate on the field and within the community” says Jon.
Jason Fargo, a Longwood University soccer alum, who serves as Director of Soccer Operations for the Alliance says of Atkinson, “Jon has a great mind for the game and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our players and organization with his coaching and playing experiences. I am very excited to have such a quality coach and person who is dedicated to growing the game in Charlottesville and the US on the Alliance staff. He embodies our philosophies and vision as well as our motto - United by Soccer. We are looking forward to having a successful season with Jon at the helm.”
Atkinson has two Bachelor's degrees from English universities and an MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan. He is married to Nikki, and together they have one daughter and three sons.
The Alliance management is excited to bring a veteran head coach with deep Virginia ties on board for its inaugural season.
Follow the Alliance on Twitter @cville_alliance, Facebook and Instagram @cvillealliancefc for more information on tickets and upcoming events.
About Charlottesville Alliance FC
Charlottesville Alliance FC joined the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2018. Cville Alliance FC is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a community through a nationally recognized soccer team. Community, diversity and fun are the core values of the organization. The roots of CAFC were planted when the team, formally named Aromas Café FC, made a highly successful run in the 2014/15 U.S. Open Cup. The team was made up of players from more than 10 different countries, a reflection of the rich diversity of the Charlottesville community. The team expanded this experience to extensive community outreach and served as a soccer team with a social conscience. They have purchased soccer goals for in-need communities, mentored youth, played charity games, conducted free clinics, and even played soccer with youth at the local detention center. Cville Alliance FC is led by Executive Director David Deaton and a core staff that include local professionals, business owners, and ex-collegiate and professional soccer players.
About the NPSL
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the largest organized men’s soccer league in the United States with 96 teams competing across the country in 2017. The NPSL is a successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002. The NPSL is a member league of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and sanctioned by U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States. NPSL’s cooperative and turnkey ownership platform has led to its explosive growth, countless player development opportunities, and commitment to grow the game in the United States. For more information about the NPSL, please visit npsl.com.
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), is proud to announce that Charlottesville Alliance FC (Charlottesville, VA), has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will compete in the Northeast Region’s Mid-Atlantic Conference.
“We are very excited to bring the NPSL to Charlottesville,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented. “Virginia has always had a great history within the beautiful game and we’re confident that Charlottesville Alliance FC can add a great deal to that impressive legacy.”
There are pickup teams, there are local rec teams, and there are pub teams in soccer. Now in Charlottesville, Virginia, there is a restaurant team turned 501c3, joining the NPSL as the Charlottesville Alliance FC. After making an impressive 2016 US Open Cup run against the Richmond Kickers, Cville FC has rebranded from Aromas Cafe FC (named after their primary sponsors), and taken their game to the next level. Our editor Jason Bruzzichesi was able to sit down with David Deaton of the newly christened team, and talk a little bit more about their club.
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