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 are delighted to announce that, as part of our relationship with our friends at AC Connecticut, our boys will have the opportunity to participate in regional play in the ECNL Regional League starting this fall in the 23/24 season. This opportunity is provided to our players who aspire to and are selected to compete at the next level. It also compliments our teams competing in the National League North Atlantic and New England Conferences, a unique situation afforded to us due to our geographical location.
This is an exciting development for the club. The ECNL Regional League will serve both Inter CT FC and AC Connecticut as a USL Pre Academy League. For our players who have had a taste of what the USL has to offer, this will be a welcome addition to the services that Inter CT FC already provides. By adding the ECNL Regional league to our schedules many more of our players will now have the opportunity to get that same valued experience.
The ECNL Regional League North Atlantic will cater to our U13 - U19 boys teams. At the top of this ladder will remain the USL U20 Academy League and the USL2 Mens team.
As before, players who qualify to compete at the USL Pre Academy in this ECNL Regional league will do so at no added tuition cost.
As we continue to build our platforms for all our teams, we want to ensure that the club is best placed to serve all your soccer needs.
We also have very exciting news on the horizon for our girls. As we increase our presence in Regional soccer for girls teams in 2023/2024 we will be offering more regional league and tournament play.
Stay tuned for the girls updates and more club wide information about all the new developments at Inter CT FC.
Check out out USL Academy Page here with more related USL Academy news stories - https://www.interctfc.com/uslacademy
Inter CT has boys tryouts on May 15th week - New players should register here: https://www.interctfc.com/tryouts
Marty and Leon