Richmond Kickers News Release -- www.richmondkickers.com
Friday, April 8, 2011
RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that professional player Ross Mackenzie has been named Advanced Development Program (ADP) Director. In addition, Mackenzie has agreed to terms to return to the Kickers pro team for the 2011 season.
"We are delighted that Ross re-signed with the pro team and are excited to have him oversee our expanded ADP initiative,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Head Coach and Director of Soccer. “The U7/U8 age is an important time to introduce fundamental ball mastery skills, coordination and simple decision making concepts while encouraging a fun and creative learning environment. ADP has proven to be very popular with our players at Ukrop Park and Collegiate and we look forward to Ross' enthusiasm, energy and knowledge making a positive impact on many young players in the future."
As the Kickers ADP Director, Mackenzie will oversee the Advanced Development Program for U7 and U8 players. A revolutionary, instructional program tailored specifically for talented and enthusiastic youth players, Kickers ADP provides a quality and enjoyable soccer environment that will enhance skills, coordination and understanding of the game. The primary objective is to introduce young players to the fundamental technical skills and decision-making needed to participate on a Kickers travel team and is the perfect transitional link between recreational and competitive soccer.
The Kickers currently offer ADP at Ukrop Park and Collegiate’s Robins Campus, and will expand to a total of four programs in the fall with the addition of programs at Woodlake (Midlothian) and Poor Farm Park (Ashland).
Ross Mackenzie re-signs in 2011 for his third season with the Kickers pro team after making 24 appearances en route to back-to-back Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. Before signing with the Kickers in 2009, Mackenzie registered four goals and four assists during his rookie professional season with the Wilmington Hammerheads, joining the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division in 2008.
A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Mackenzie captained and led the Monarchs to the Sweet 16 his senior year. Finishing third on the team in points with 13 that season, the 5-foot-11 midfielder tallied 14 goals and added 13 assists for 41 points during his collegiate career. Selected to the All-District, All-Metro, All-Region and All-State First Teams as a senior at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., Mackenzie notched 29 goals and added 20 assists over two seasons. Mackenzie was also a member of the 2005 Richmond Kickers Future squad that claimed the PDL Eastern Conference Championship en route to the National Semifinals.
Reserve your 2011 Season Passes and join the Richmond Kickers in USL PRO. Taking the field for their 19th season, the Kickers will compete alongside American Division rivals Charlotte Eagles, Charleston Battery, Orlando City and Wilmington Hammerheads and will also face National and International opponents Dayton Dutch Lions, Harrisburg City Islanders, FC New York, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Rochester Rhinos, Antigua Barracuda FC, Los Angeles Blues, Puerto Rico United and Sevilla FC Puerto Rico during the 24-game season. Visit RichmondKickers.com for schedules and ticket information.