He’s coming home!!!!
Inter CT FC announce Gene Smith as Girls Pre High School Director. Ashley Kaufman becomes Girls High School Director.
Inter CT FC are delighted to announce the hiring of Gene Smith for the 2023/ 2024 season and beyond. Gene, originally from Guilford CT, arrives at Inter CT FC with an immense coaching resume having built an impressive career at clubs and colleges across the country. Having finished his role as Director of Club Development and Marketing for Glacier Surf, Gene has also previously held multiple directorial roles including that of General Manager, USL W, and USL A Head Coach at MOBA Soccer Academy in Georgia.
In addition to his club coaching and directing experience, Gene boasts an impressive collegiate record having served as head coach at multiple colleges including Colby Sawyer and Marist. He also led the California University of Pennsylvania women’s program for 5 years. At Cal he guided the program to five straight NCAA Top 25 rankings, 2 PSAC titles, and two Elite 8 appearances in the NCAA tournament. While in Western PA he won 5 straight State Championships and a Region 1 title as a Senior Staff Coach at Beadling Soccer Club.
With academic excellence in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Leadership from Northeastern to support his coaching acumen, Gene returns to Connecticut with the goal of impacting all the players and staff at Inter CT FC.
Welcome to the club Gene.
Inter CT FC
As we prepare for the first banquet under the Inter CT banner tonight, we would like to thank all our existing members for their continued support and welcome new members as they join the Inter CT family.
This last year has been yet another year of extraordinary growth for the club and one that sees us generate subtle changes to our badge in order to differentiate our now four branches. - With the partnering with Shelton Youth Soccer Organization, and three branches now away from the All Saints facility, it seemed only correct to amend the badge in each branch to reflect a unique aspect of the branch.
Along with introducing these new badges, the website has had a refresh to enable us to incorporate the badges. The new website is also a great opportunity for small or large businesses to showcase their logo as part of our sponsorship package.
On the field, we have had our most successful year. Just yesterday ( June 11th ) we saw our 2007 team ( once our weakest age group ) walk away with another trophy at the EDP showcase. This follows on from their success in Potomac over the Memorial Day Weekend tournament.
On the same day, the 2011 Milford boys clinched a nailbiter of a final game, needing to win by two clear goals to leapfrog the top-placed team to win the title which they did so in style. This follows on from the 2012 Milford girls and 2012 Milford boys winning their titles the week before.
Coaches Stephen and Pedro of Milford also recently enjoyed Needham success, bringing home three trophies for the boys 2011, 2012 and the girls 2012. The Norwalk branch also had their fair share of success in the same tournament with the boys 2011 NAC, boys 2010 NAC and boys 2009 NAC all bringing home winners silverware whilst another three teams ( 2012 boys, 2010girls & 2006 girls ) were runners up.
Litchfield 2010 girls won their inaugural Premier league debut at the end of the fall, the 2011's won the WIN tournament and the girl’s regional team made up of Norwalk & Litchfield 2009 & 2010’s showed tremendous growth as they became more acclimatized to Regional play, winning the EDP showcase in early winter whilst showing vast improvements in league play in the spring. With the introduction of the Union branch, this team and others will provide a great platform for top players wanting to play at the regional level.
Our USL Academy, having gone unbeaten in 2022, continues to thrive and in a rebuilding year which sees many young Inter CT players involved, the team is battling to make the third National Championships in three years as they currently stand top of the league. - The USL Pre-Academy teams saw a tremendous growth in participation this past year by entering and winning the Hershey Cup last summer and having a record number of Inter CT participants go to Tampa in March for the USL Open Cup. The U15’s won their bracket, U19’s lost in the final and the U13’s did the club proud participating and competing very well against the country’s top teams.
Following pandemic we have been able to improve our offerings for International Travel. Experiencing international soccer has shown to have major impacts on our players not only from a soccer perspective but from and emotional and social level too. Exposing our players to new cultures, countries, new soccer and new people really improves their maturity and independence. These benefits align with our mission of using soccer as a vehicle for making amazing people.
This year we add a new mantra to our slogan with a very exciting International addition. Currently, LOVE THE GAME - LOVE TO LEARN - LOVE TO COMPETE is the slogan we adhere to. This year we are adding LOVE TO GIVE BACK. This is a result of our upcoming trip to Malawi where we will take some Juniors on a 10 day tour where they will practice with our friends at Ascent Soccer Academy, play in some scrimmages, experience a safari and most importantly, connect with the local community, donate kits, work with local children and make as big an impact as they can.
In another act of giving back, we have introduced the youth coach program where high school players get mentored in how to coach young players. The program has been a success with a number of new coaches getting valuable experience, taking coaching certifications and now working on Inter CT’s summer camps.
Our Pre-team Academy grew exponentially, proving that players who have been tossed aside by other clubs deserve to get good training and the chance to get better and that given the opportunity and desire, these players can and will feed our teams in the future.
Our social media platforms have grown this year with the addition of a revamped YouTube channel - The Behind the Badge series gives great insight into what goes on behind the scenes and provides an opportunity to see other aspects of our programming that you may not currently be involved with - Our intern, Ian Ueker also created the Club’s Tik Tok account to ensure we are keeping up to date with the latest platforms.
Lastly, Inter CT recognizes the importance of player welfare and the importance of sports phycology. Inter CT’s player welfare program this last year has provided 15 players free sports psychology advice in an important extra service that adds to the plethora of additional services already offered such as Extra time technical training, Veo video analysis, Performance training and evaluations based off core competencies.
Our fifth year has us looking forward to so much. Our turf field is being laid over this summer, our Union teams are being formed, regional teams are being selected and we are now on the ECNL pathway proving that Inter CT can provide the best platform for players if that’s what they are looking for.
So as we celebrate our fourth anniversary, we say thank you and we look forward to all that year five can bring us.
Inter CT FC partner with Shelton Youth Soccer Organization: Creates Inter CT FC Union
Inter CT FC and Shelton Youth Soccer Organization have agreed a partnership that will see Inter CT FC provide coaching, education, program management and pathways for recreational and travel players in the town of Shelton as well as providing an outstanding service and pathway for premier players in Shelton and the surrounding areas.
In an exciting collaboration, SYSO players will benefit from all the services, both on the field, off the field and online, that Inter CT FC has to offer. In addition, every player will be afforded the opportunity to participate in extra programming which will be made available to all players based in the Shelton community and surrounding areas.
Acknowledging the partnership between SYSO and Inter CT FC, Marty Walker of Inter CT FC said:
“This is an exciting time and opportunity for our club. We welcome very much the responsibility to provide our outstanding service to the players of SYSO and we are excited to expand our reach in this area.
Growing on our successes on and off the field with our friends at Milford United Soccer Club, this allows us to offer a similar pathway to the whole Shelton community.
Both Shelton and Milford have a proud history of producing excellent soccer players and both towns have excellent facilities. It is a privilege for us to be tasked with the soccer education for all players whether they be recently introduced to the game at a young age, or are aspiring to play at the collegiate level and beyond.
One thing that has really been a catalyst for our success has been the way in which we have developed the community feel in our club. We are honored to get the chance to do that again with Shelton having already built our culture in Norwalk and having shared that with Milford and Litchfield.”
Shelton Youth Soccer Organization Director of Coaching - Gus Harris:
“I’m really looking forward to our collaboration with Inter CT FC. With Inter CT providing the structure and staffing for our program I strongly believe that we will be able to offer excellent coaching and lay out development pathways for our players at all levels of Rec, travel and premier soccer (the latter will be under the Inter FC banner). This partnership will allow us to cater to the interests of all players currently at the club - whatever their ambitions are in soccer, whether that be playing for enjoyment, representing the town at travel level, or playing competitively at premier level and beyond, potentially all the way up to the professional level of the game. The opportunity for our players to play travel soccer in Shelton and premier soccer under the Inter FC banner simultaneously is something that I’m particularly excited about.
I know the Inter FC program and the people who run it (as I’m sure many of you do too) and I fully trust them to provide a great service which will build on what we already have at SYSO. I’m looking forward to being able to give you more information very soon.
This is a very exciting time for the club and the Shelton community in general and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”
The aim of Inter CT FC Union is to provide a highly competitive player experience which offers regional and national levels of competition, full time coaching, excellent facilities, collaborative resources and an elite soccer education.
“The Union” will service Milford, Shelton and the surrounding areas by building talented pools of players and offering exciting opportunities for all.
The Inter CT FC Pathway provides regional soccer for boys and girls at the National League level. The USL Pathway to Pro via our USL Pre-Academy teams competing in the ECNL Regional League and USL Open Cup provides an even higher level of play.
We look forward to an exciting future with you all on and off field. Tryouts for Inter CT FC Union take place on May 12th & May 19th ( Fridays ) - See the following link for full details - https://www.interctfc.com/shelton
Yours in soccer,
Leon & Marty