ST. PAUL, Minn. (Thursday, May 5, 2005) - In an effort to become a year round developer of young soccer players, the Thunder has hired Ric Granryd as its new director of youth development; it was announced today by Thunder officials.
, 45, has over 22 years of experience as a player, coach, and director of soccer at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels.
holds both a USSF "A" coaching license and a USSF National Youth License.
"My colleague, Tim (Carter), has put together a tremendous program," said Granryd
"We want to increase our presence throughout the Minnesota youth by establishing a more focused training philosophy within all of our camps, clinics, and club training responsibilities," said Granryd
"We are the only pro team in the state, and with the involvement of our players, will offer the best training available."
was an Illinois all-state goalkeeper for Lake Forest HS, and has been named to the Chicago Sun Times' All-Time Great Players of the State Tournament.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on a soccer scholarship and was a four-year letterman.
After attending college, Granryd signed with the Detroit Express of the American Soccer League.
playing days he
has spent much of his
time working with young soccer players.
Most recently, Granryd was the Director of Coaching for the Revolution Soccer Club in Austin, TX, a new club formed by the merger of two other clubs.
Granryd also was the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the South Austin Youth Soccer Association/Austin United Soccer Club, which he formed through the merger of two additional clubs.
Since 1983, Granryd
has been involved on the collegiate level as the founder and head men's
and women's coach at Missouri Valley College
, and as an assistant for UWM
, University of Akron, California
State University-Chico, and Southwestern University
For more information on the Thunder's club training programs, camps, and clinics, please contact Ric Granryd at 651-917-8326 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register online for one of the Thunder
's summer soccer camps today by logging onto www.mnthunder.com.