LSA is proud to announce that our coaches are on the move up and being recognized for their success with new leadership opportunities. First, our Girls Director of Coaching, Ben Chedgy, has accepted a position for the 2017 women’s soccer season at the University of West Georgia. Coach Chedgy will be serving alongside UWG new head coach Stacey Balaam as assistant coach.
During his time with LSA, he was responsible for the development of over 150 players aging from 9-19 years of age, as well as the performance and development of coaching staff.
As a part of his duties at LSA, Coach Chedgy also started a college recruitment program that helped players transition into college soccer. In the space of 4 years, Chedgy was able to facilitate in placing more than 20 players into a variety of NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA programs.
Prior to LSA, many of our members knew Coach Chedgy from his 3 years as the Men's Assistant Coach at the University of North Georgia, where he coached five All-Peach Belt Conference players and one All-Southeast Region performer.
LSA is excited to announce that Coach Avram Allen has been promoted as the next Girls Director of Coaching. Coach Allen has served at LSA now for more than seven years now on the girls side of the program.
LSA Director of Coaching Jonathan Cueva said,
"Coach Allen brings a wealth of experience at recruiting and the soccer side with his college background. He has a proven passion for the LSA Sharks culture and style of play. His commitment to the community is second to none and his success on the field can be seen with his current U18 Girls who went all the way from Athena E to Athena A status this season."
Coach Allen currently holds a USSF C License. Coach Allen is also entering his third year as assistant coach of the University of North Georgia's men's soccer program. He was a two-year letter-winner at North Georgia as a midfielder garnering Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament honors in 2008.
The McCaysville, Georgia native served three years on the UNG men's soccer staff including two years as the graduate assistant (2011-12). In 2013, he served as the full-time women's assistant at Young Harris College.
Allen competed at YHC for two years before transferring to North Georgia. At YHC, he was captain of the 2006 Mountain Lion team that went to the GJCAA Region 17 finals earning Second Team All-Region honors.
We hope you will join us in congratulating Coach Allen when you see him out on the fields and in our community.
Gary Marx President
Jonathan Cueva Director of Coaching