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Bay Cities FC Names Maddy Meyer As Women’s Team Head Coach

Published May 18, 2022

Written by Scott Matulis

Bay Cities FC announced last week that Maddy Meyer will be the head coach of the club’s inaugural women’s professional team. The team is set to compete in the UPSL Women’s West Region.

“Maddy has the extensive football knowledge to take on this role,” said Bay Cities FC President Anders Perez. “Also, great coaches are prepared and have empathy. Both are traits that Maddy possesses. Her collegiate playing career combined with her coaching experience at some of the highest levels of youth soccer on both the boys' and girls' sides really sets her apart.”

Meyer comes to Bay Cities FC after spending a year as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at the University of the Pacific.  Prior to that, she spent four years as an assistant coach for the women’s team at Cal State University Stanislaus. She also has extensive experience in the youth ranks.  She previously coached at Central Valley Surf Soccer Club and with USL youth soccer academy, Sacramento Republic.

 

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Bay Cities FC,” said Meyer. “It’s a wonderful club that’s committed to giving opportunities to members of the soccer community from all over the Bay Area.  I really want the best for women’s soccer and I am excited to be in a position where I can personally work to make that happen. To achieve that kind of success, you need to have leaders in place who are equally as passionate about it as the players are.”

The northern California soccer community is extensive, with several college programs, numerous youth clubs and countless players.  At the same time, however, it can bring you around some of the same people in various capacities. Meyer knows Bay Cities FC Sporting Director Eric Bucchere from working with him as a recruiting coordinator and women’s coach at his sports agency, Path2Pro. She met Anders Perez through Bucchere- all three connected over prioritizing players and community. Perez recently brought her in to help with the youth club Juventus Academy Silicon Valley and when Bay Cities FC became a reality, things quickly fell into place. 

 

Meyer, along with Bucchere, Perez and the rest of the Bay Cities staff has been building a roster via tryouts, personal connections and, according to Meyer, lots and lots of phone calls. 

“I have been reaching out to the girls on a personal level,” said Meyer. “I’m an intentional, personable person, and value communication face to face or at the very least, voice to voice, so I have been calling girls individually. I was calling youth and college coaches, I was reaching out to them on social media, and the girls were super responsive and equally as enthusiastic. One of the things that differentiates Bay Cities FC is our inclusivity. We don’t want to just pull just one group of girls from a specific area or level of experience. We want it to be a blend. We have women who are currently playing in college, women who are a little bit younger in the development process, and former college players who can help mentor their younger teammates. We have such a good balance of women and know that we will strive to be better women and players on and off the field.”

With the season slated to begin Saturday, May 28th, the Bay Cities FC women’s team is practicing twice a week.  Meyer is in the process of winnowing her roster down from 40+ to what she hopes is a final count of 25.  The team just announced its first signings, Sienna Zabroski and Aliyah Jones. Jones played four years of Division 1 college soccer at San Jose State University while Zabroski competed for three years at Division 1 UC Riverside. Both bring an incredible foundation of competitiveness, grit, and passion which is everything that Bay Cities FC represents.

“I am super excited about this team,” said Meyer. “I coached Sienna at Path2Pro and I played with her in Path2Pro as well, so I’ve always respected her on many different levels. She plays with so much passion and finesse but she’s also a team player which is one of the many reasons I have loved playing with her and now coaching her. Aliyah is someone who has exuded enthusiasm since the start. She is relentless, her work ethic is unmatched and even with all of her previous experience, she still wants to learn. This level of humility and respect are exactly the type of women I love to coach.” 

Meyer has also brought on three assistant coaches, Eddie Hernandez, Robert Arroyo-Hernandez and Ryan Jones, all of whom are heavily involved in youth soccer and all of whom come with extensive playing backgrounds. “You are really only as good as the people you surround yourself with. You want people who see your value and want to support you in any way that they can. I respect all three of them a lot as coaches and even more as colleagues and friends. They are equally as eager to learn and grow as I am- I love that. I am honored to be working with them and know the feeling is mutual,” said Meyer. 

Meyer was a three-year team captain at Notre Dame de Namur University, a Division II school in Belmont, California. She was voted team MVP during the 2013-14 season and Defensive Player of the Year in 2014-15. Meyer also played in the WPSL for three seasons and knows the value it can bring its participants firsthand. “When I competed in the WPSL, I felt like it really refined my technical abilities while challenging my tactical knowledge playing against so many women who came from different backgrounds and influences. It gave me a lot of respect for women athletes who strive to be better and earn the respect they so rightfully deserve.”

In addition to coaching, Meyer is working on a master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration through Concordia University Irvine.

“Ultimately, it is about giving an opportunity to a young female coach to showcase her knowledge,” said Perez. “We need more female coaches at the highest levels of the game. I believe deeply in having women be in leadership positions. I hope this is just the first step for Maddy as she moves forward in her career.”

 
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