SEATTLE WA —(club release) PacNW-OSA FC is proud to announce the 2018 coaches for its men’s and women’s teams: Roy Lassiter and Malia Arrant.
The choice of Roy Lassiter and Malia Arrant is going to strengthen even more than just announced partnership between OSA FC and PacNW, where they both have the important role of Director of Coaching.
In confirming Malia Arrant as coach for the women’s team and announcing Roy Lassiter as the new coach for the men’s team, Giuseppe Pezzano, PacNW-OSA FC General Manager, said: “I am very happy to announce that Roy Lassiter and Malia Arrant will be coaching PacNW-OSA FC NPSL and WPSL teams. OSA FC and PacNW have formed an important collaboration which brings us closer to the pyramid model used throughout the rest of the soccer world, where it is fundamental for soccer clubs to offer complete developmental to players throughout their career, giving them opportunities beyond their youth.”
“Having a first team connected with a youth academy allows training opportunities with older more experienced players, and watching a more experienced team and players helps the development of of each player. The NPSL and WPSL leagues are growing, top local college players play for the teams and many will go on to be future professional players. We will give continued developmental opportunities to players throughout the area, giving younger players the chance to measure their level and abilities and allowing them to stay and play locally. Just last year OSA FC men’s team competed in the US Open Cup losing in penalty kicks to USL pro team Reno 1868 FC. With Malia, Roy and the staff composed of Filippo Milano – Technical Manager- and Stefano Radio – Sporting Director- we will make teams able to compete for national titles!”
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to coach the PacNW-OSA FC men’s NPSL soccer team and have OSA Football Club and PacNW Soccer Club join forces” said Roy Lassiter. “This step adds another level of development to PacNW youth program and provides opportunity for selected players and alumni’s to continue playing at a high level throughout the summer. I look forward to working with Mr. Giuseppe Pezzano, GM of PacNW-OSA FC, and his staff, to build an extremely strong team that will contend for the league, regional and national championship. I also look forward to my continued relationship with Malia Arrant who will coach the women’s WPSL team.”
“I am really looking forward to my third season as the head coach of the PacNW-OSA FC women! “ said Malia Arrant, women’s team coach. “PacNW-OSA FC General Manager, Giuseppe Pezzano, and the men’s Head Coach, Roy Lassiter and I have joined forces to create a brand of soccer people in our area will recognize, cheer for and support. Our new partnership between OSA FC and PacNW will help build even stronger WPSL/NPSL teams, add another layer of development for PacNW players, alumni and coaches and help continue to grow the soccer community in our area. Having Roy brought to our staff is an even more exciting step into bringing the men’s and women’s teams closer together and creating a very family type atmosphere and a level of soccer to the field that is unique in our style and that we can all be proud of.”
About PacNW-OSA FC: Olympic Soccer Academy – Pacific Northwest Football Club was born from the partnership between OSA FC and PacNW announced on Nov 3rd 2017.
PacNw is a premier youth soccer club formed in 2012 and based out of the world-class Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. The club features more than 70 teams who proudly complete in Washington Youth Soccer’s Regional Club League, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and U.S. Youth Soccer’s National League and Far West Regional League. The club has been identified as an official Seattle Sounders FC youth club partner, joining a select group of youth clubs who collaborate with the reigning MLS Cup champions on player development efforts and organizational best practices. PacNW prides itself on emphasizing player development, offering the best coaching available, and helping its players reach their full potential on and off the field.
Olympic Soccer Academy Football Club (“OSA FC”) is based in Seattle, Washington. The club was formed by prominent Italian businessman Giuseppe Pezzano with the aim of bridging the two different soccer realities and creating a cultural exchange between Italy and the United States. OSA FC’s goal is to increase opportunities and advance the game of soccer by connecting players, coaches, clubs and the community. Top caliber soccer training is offered to players using an Italian methodology created and tested by professional youth development academies like ACF Fiorentina.