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Leacock returns as assistant coach at US Women’s Team

Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Pro Look
T&T head coach Randy Waldrum, third from right, talking to his players after Tuesday’s training session. The team led by captain Maylee Attin-Johnson took on St Kitts & Nevis last night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Former Queen’s Royal College and national youth team goalkeeper Kevin Leacock, who was the Stevens Women’s Soccer assistant coach in the 2012 season, has rejoined the programme as an Assistant Coach as announced this week by Stevens Women’s Soccer head coach Jeff Parker.

Leacock, who also serves as the director of girls’ coaching for the World Class Premier Soccer Club in Orangeburg, New York, returns to the programme to serve as its goalkeeping specialist. He will also aid in match preparation, scouting and recruiting.

“Kevin is one of the best in the business,” Parker said.

“He is a first-class person and a wealth of knowledge at the highest level that will aid our student athletes. 

We are most happy to welcome him and his family back to the Palisade.”

Leacock’s collegiate coaching debut came at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he spent three seasons as the Highlander’s assistant coach before being promoted to head coach prior to the 2008 season. 

Leacock last collegiate post was at Seton Hall University women’s soccer staff as an Assistant Coach in February 2013. He has also served as an assistant at Rutgers University as a member of Glenn Crook’s staff in 2011.

Outside of the collegiate ranks Leacock has coached at the national and youth levels. He was an assistant staff coach for the US Soccer Federation U17 Girls National Team from 2007-10, where he trained the programme’s goalkeepers. 

Leacock has also coached with some of the highest respected clubs in the New York Metro Area at the World Class Premier Soccer Club, the Jersey Knights Soccer Club and the Players Development Academy.

Leacock was a four-year letter-winner at Long Island University from 1995-98. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1995, and helped the Blackbirds capture the NEC Championship in 1997, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

In 1993-94, Leacock was a goalkeeper for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, competing at the Pan American Games with the U23 team in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, in 1994, and the U21 squad at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 1993.

Leacock holds an advanced national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).


Creed starts for Temple University in US College League

Former National Under-17 captain Brendon Creed is at Temple University in the United States and is currently part of the team’s preseason campaign.

Temple men’s team started their preseason training on the weekend as they work to improve on last year’s results that nobody in the conference expected out of them. 

After being picked to finish last by every coach in the American Athletic Conference, Temple finished fourth in the conference with a 10-4-4, 3-1-4 record and won Philadelphia Soccer Six Team of the Year. 

The Owls just missed the NCAA Tournament, and they will use this preseason to get ready to make it to the next level this year.

Creed was in the starting line up in a 3-2 win over Lafayette on Tuesday is expected to be involved again in the season opener against Drexel at home on August 29th.

The talent will be there for the Owls as head coach David MacWilliams and assistant Brian Clairhaut have assembled a top-20 recruiting class for the second straight season with Creed included Miguel Polley, who redshirted last season, will look to make an instant impact after being ranked the 26th best recruit of 2013 by ESPN. 

Creed, formerly of Fatima College is doing a major in civil engineering. He was the captain of the previous T&T Under 17 team which came to within a victory of qualifying for the 2013 Fifa Under 17 World Cup.

Editor’s Note: Shaun Fuentes is Director of Communications for the T&T Football Association. [email protected]


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