Tynecastle FC welcomes Craig Tomlinson to coaching staff

Tynecastle FC is very excited with the addition of Craig Tomlinson (NSCAA diploma, USSF B candidate), former Sounders FC player to it’s coaching staff.  Craig will be focusing his efforts on player development, strength and conditioning as well as head coach of boys u13 and u10 side.

Craig grew up playing soccer in the streets, parks and fields of Kingston Jamaica.  His passion and love for the game brought him to the USA, where he played NCAA D1 for Fresno State Bulldogs.  At Fresno Craig was an All-American and Western Athletic Conference MVP, leading the Bulldogs in points, a 17-5-1 record, Conference title and a quarterfinal spot in the NCAA tournament, ending the season with a No.7 national ranking.  Craig signed with Seattle Sounders in 2000, playing 8 season and winning 2 titles in 2004 and 2007.  He compiled 119 appearances with the Sounders FC, retiring in 2009.  Craig also had appearances with the Jamaican National Team.

Hoggy met Craig in 2000, where as an assistant coach with Seattle Sounders, Craig was beginning his rookie season with the club.

Craig brings over 15 years of coaching and player development to Tynecastle FC.  He has worked with the Sounders youth development programs, Emerald City FC and Washington Youth Soccer ODP Girls program.  Please welcome Craig to Tynecastle FC.

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David Hoggan to become head coach of Tynecastle G96 team

Tynecastle Girls 96

Lake Forest Park, WA – April 8, 2012 — Tynecastle FC is pleased to announce that David Hoggan, one of this region’s most successful and dynamic youth soccer coaches, will become the head coach for the former Tynecastle Saprissa girls U15 team.

Hoggan, known as “Hoggy,” is one of the co-founders of Tynecastle FC and the inspiration behind the fast-growing premier soccer club, in South Snohomish and King counties.

The decision to place the club’s best coach with its best girls team marks an exciting new chapter in the club’s effort to better serve elite female soccer players.

“This is a group of players who are talented and have big ambitions, and we are looking for a few others who share our ambitions to be the best,” said Hoggy. “We have other strong girls teams from U11 to U14 — but the U16s are going to lead the way. And I guarantee that if we work hard, we will achieve great things.”

Tynecastle-Saprissa on the break against Surrey United in Whitecaps Showcase tournament. Tynecastle beat the No. 2 ranked Girls U15 team 2-0.

Along with this coaching announcement, the club has created a new comprehensive development vision for elite girls.  It includes increasing the number of girls teams, hiring new coaches, and crafting a development plan from youth to college that can help guide talented female soccer players to the top levels.

Tynecastle is announcing that tryouts for Tynecastle Girls will take place on these following dates:

  • Girls U11 to U15 April 21 & 22, Lynnwood High School
  • Girls U16 May 5, 4:30 – 6 p.m. @ Shoreline Field B
  • Girls U16 May 6, noon to 2 p.m.  @ Twin Ponds.

Stanley Holmes, longtime head coach of Tynecastle-Saprissa, will be the assistant coach of the girls U16 and head coach of the girls U11. The club expects to bring in other specialists during the season on a wide range of topics – from fitness, college planning to nutrition.

“I’m excited for Hoggy and the girls,” Holmes said. “ He is clearly one of the best coaches in this state, and the girls are super-amped. It’s going to be creative combustion at its finest!”

Tynecastle's Erica Blume juggling her way to glory in NWCL

The girls are the defending PSPL Super League champion at GU14, 2011 Washington Cup finalist and recently went undefeated in the prestigious Northwest Champions League, at GU15.  The team currently sits atop the U15 Super League standings.

The goal for Tynecastle G96, and for Tyncastle girls program, is to develop players who want to play in college, or who want to be starters for their high school team. This team will travel to regional and national showcase tournaments in addition to playing the PSPL Super League and a proposed US Club National Premier League, Hoggy said.

The college showcase tournaments being planned for 2012/13 include: Showcase of Champions, Avalanche Invitational, US Club Regionals, Slammers FC Futbol Classic, Blues Cup, Disney Showcase, Las Vegas Showcase and Surf Cup.

Tynecastle-Saprissa taking on top team from Winnipeg at Whitecaps Showcase -- dispatching them 5-2.

Hoggy is the inspiration behind Tynecastle FC., a premier soccer club that has grown from 3 teams in 2008 to more than 20 teams today.

Hoggy has a unique ability to motivate and get the best out of his players. His strongest teams win state cup, league play and reach the finals of Surf Cup. His weaker teams become better. He inspires players to want to be the best.

The Scotsman has helped his players reach the ranks of college and professional soccer.  Hoggy has sent several dozen male and female players to colleges, to the U.S. National team player pool and to the professional ranks.

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