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Will Heaney joins WHYFC in full-time role

By CP, 08/08/18, 1:15PM EDT

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Will Heaney Joins WHYFC Staff in Full-Time Capacity

Wilmington, NC (JULY 8, 2017) - Will Heaney, former Wilmington Hammerhead Professional player and long-time youth coach with WHYFC will officially join the organization in a full-time capacity beginning this fall. 

“Will has earned this position through hard work and dedication to the craft of coaching and to the players that he has worked with.  He is honest, fair and holds his teams to high standards and has also actively pursued his coaching licenses and education.  I am confident in his abilities and excited to see him enter the next phase of his career,” said WHYFC Executive Director, Carson Porter.

Heaney will take on the role of Developmental Player (‘DP’) Program Director while also leading 3 ECNL teams into their first season in the league.  The Developmental Player Program Heaney will oversee is designed to give individual Classic/ECNL players earned opportunities at higher levels of the club through their work and performances with their current teams.  The ‘DP’ Program began in the 2017-18 season and proved to be valuable tool within the classic program.  It has allowed coaches to evaluate and understand the entire player pool of an age group, given opportunities to players to train at higher levels within the club, and improved the player pathway of the organization.  

“The DP program is very important to me because it ensures that players have opportunities to showcase their ability at higher levels within our organization,” said Porter.  “It provides an added ‘test’ for players who are excelling in their teams and allows the coaching staff to understand the entire player pool they are working in.  Will played the game at the professional level, has a great eye for talent and knows our standards and expectations – all great qualities to have in the leader of this important piece of our organization.”

Heaney is a native of Maryport, England and grew up playing in the Newcastle United Academy System.  He joined the Hammerheads in 2013 and had four successful USL seasons with the club.  Heaney has aggressively pursued his coaching licenses, earning his USSF ‘C’ License this summer while also attending World Football Academy workshops in 2017 and 2018. 

“I’m thrilled to take on this position and give back to a community that has given me so much. The club has very exciting times ahead and I’m just happy to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to working hard and helping in the successful development of these young players both on and off the field."