January 23, 2019 – Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club  is pleased to announce a new leadership team and club structure which will take effect immediately.  Brendan O’Connell will lead our club in the newly formed role of Sporting Director of Soccer Programs, Craig Angus has been appointed Boys Technical Director and Diogo Raposo will be the new Girls Technical Director. In December 2018, our long‐time General Manager, Alan Rickwood, announced his semi‐retirement and will remain with the club in a part‐time role as Senior Advisor.

Brendan, who will report directly to the Board of Directors, will provide leadership and be responsiblefor both the technical and management success for the Club’s overall direction and programming, including responsibility for the Club’s long‐term key performance metrics. Brendan will continue to work closely with our players spending approximately three quarters of his time on the field focused on player development.

Craig and Diogo, will report to Brendan and will be responsible for providing both technical and administrative support for the club’s boys and girls technical programming, including coach development and education, evaluation of players and their development. Diogo will continue to assist with Club Operations until a replacement is found for this role. Craig will also continue to oversee our growing Roots (U4 to U8) and Core (U9 to U12) programs for our young Blizzards.

As a Club, Blizzard needs to continue to evolve and grow to ensure we are providing a player‐focused premier soccer experience for our Blizzard families. Blizzard will hold an open‐house in February where the new leadership team will present to our membership their vision for the club and their approach to development and programs. Details will be announced shortly.

With the restructuring of the Club, we also announce the immediate departure of Glenn Ramsay. The Board thanks Glenn for his enthusiastic and dedicated service to Blizzard over the years. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

For questions please contact:

Brandi Marsden

Communication Chair, Blizzard Board of Directors

(403) 671‐7363

brandimarsden@gmail.com