AFC Cleveland is proud to announce the return of head coach Andy Hoggarth for a third season.
“We are excited to have Andy back as the head coach of the Royals,” AFC Cleveland Chairman Terry Lawriw stated. “We believe in his skills as a coach and know he will bring our team much success. We look forward to the future with Andy at the helm.”
Hoggarth is the team’s first and only head coach, leading the team to hardware in his first season thanks to wins in the Rust Belt Derby and the Great Lakes Conference playoffs. 2013 saw the Royals add to their trophy case with a Presidential Cup victory over Zanesville Athletic.
The Stockton on Tees, England native is currently one of the assistant coaches for the University of Akron women’s soccer program in addition to working as the Global Soccer Recruitment Coordinator at the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. He also spent six years as head soccer coach at Thiel College in addition to serving as associate head coach at Shenandoah University.
Hoggarth also spent time on the staff at English side Middlebrough FC after a successful playing career that included winning the FA Vase with Whitley Bay FC in 2001.
“Having the opportunity to come back for a third season was a no-brainer for me,” Hoggarth concluded. “The third year is the telling year. This is how far we have come. We definitely are excited to be back. The work in the offseason for the organization has been fantastic.”
Further announcements about the remainder of the AFC Cleveland coaching staff will be made in the coming weeks.