The Oly Town Artesians FC announced the appointment of its arena soccer coaching staff last Thursday, ahead of the club’s participation in the men's Western Indoor Soccer League and the women's Northwest Premier League Indoor this coming winter and spring.
This announcement also highlighted the return of women’s arena soccer for Oly Town after its last participation in 2022, wherein they finished in third place.
Oly Town announced that Matt Herrera would hold the helm as the head coach of the returning women’s arena team.
Herrera is a familiar face for the fans of the Artesians as he was inducted into the Oly Hall of Legends in 2021 after five fruitful years of playing arena soccer for the club, most notably, for being the first coach in club history to bring a league title to Oly Town with a Northwest Premier League (NWPL) outdoor soccer championship in 2022.
Joining Herrera in the coaching staff is Vanessa Crisp as assistant coach.
An arena goalkeeping alum of Oly Town and was last season’s USL W League Team GM for Oly Town, Herrera is helping that roster to a historic debut season in the USL and finishing undefeated in the Northwest Division last summer.
Another addition to the managerial staff for Oly Town is Brad Hanson, who will be tapped as goalkeeping coach for both men’s and women’s squads of the club, and will bring his experience in the WISL and the Cascadia League to the club, as well as his roots in youth soccer out of Mason County.
The newly reinforced coaching staff for the women’s arena side will bring their plethora of experience in the women’s game to the club as the Artesians will set their return to indoor soccer in the NWPL, which usually starts on January the following year.
Meanwhile, on the men’s arena soccer side, Nick Boatright returns as the gaffer for the squad after a successful debut season last year at the wheel, bringing Oly Town to third place in the WISL with an 8-2-2 win-loss-draw record and a semifinal berth for the first time in club history for arena soccer.
With the confirmed appointments for Oly Town’s managerial staff, the club is stoked to participate in the indoor soccer season for both teams.
“[We are] really excited about this year’s indoor staff,” said Oly Town Soccer Director and Part Owner Jason Smith.
“We were able to bring back Nick Boatright after a very successful first season at the helm. Then on the women’s side, we brought in two experienced coaches with many ties to the club,” Smith added. “Brad Hanson will be a great addition as goalkeeper coach having played several seasons with Oly Town.”
Schedules for the fixtures for both men’s and women’s teams are set to be released by September. While waiting, indoor soccer players interested in try-out and playing for the club are invited to pre-register at www.olytownfc.com and early bird tickets are now on sale on the same link above.