Immaculate Heart Central School would like to welcome the Black Rock FC into our joint soccer venture, the IHC Soccer Academy!
The Soccer Academy is a unique opportunity for IHC students and new residential students to continue off-season development and competition throughout the school year.
IHC will offer residential accommodations at St. Anthony’s Hall (formally convent) for 12 students and two residential hall directors.
These students will play with our IHC team in the fall, and then compete as a club throughout the winter and spring.
Soccer training will be done several days a week in the offseason, and the team will attend a number of high-level tournaments in the Northeast.
We are still in the process of accepting donations to cover the start-up costs of the programs, such as a van and furniture.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Tom O’Brien 315-788-4670 ext. 2.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors who have already given graciously to this program:
Delaney Bay Foundation, IHC Booster Club, Knights of Columbus, Benefit Services Group, Northern New York Community Foundation, Northern Federal Credit Union, Goodfellos, George and Diane Maurer, Shawn and Joann Baker, Phil Bajjaly, Reed-Benoit Funeral Home, Dave and Casey Nicol, Timothy Keohane, Pat Fontana, Kathy and Mike Moran, Dorothy Vespa, William Nicol, John Doldo, Nancy Goodwin, and several anonymous donors.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Meet the Coaches:
Coach Craig Wilkinson
Coach Craig Wilkinson brings a wealth of experience and history of success to IHS Soccer Academy. Prior to arriving in Watertown, he led soccer programs at the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and prep school level. During his time coaching at NCAA Division II, Wilkinson’s teams grew to become perennial powers with multiple regular season championships, conference championships, and top 10 national rankings. His NCAA Division III teams broke records and enjoyed similar success as regular season champions, conference finalists, and multiple players leading the nation in offensive points.
Wilkinson's coaching career in prep school includes working at Bridgton Academy. The one-of-kind residential boarding school that only matriculates Post Graduate students, his focus was helping student athletes improve their academic standards, and facilitating their college placement, in a very short period of time. Many went on to play at the NCAA Division I, II, and III level, while attending some of the top academic schools in the country.
"I am extremely excited about joining IHC Soccer Academy. When you look at the facilities, including the great soccer fields, the academic rigor, and a supportive community, we have all the tools to be successful. A long term goal is to grow IHC Soccer Academy into becoming one of the strongest soccer programs in New York. With Black Rock FC’s support- including access to their network and events, we now have all the pieces to make that happen."
PHONE: +1 843 536 5595 (WHATSAPP)
Coach Edward "Eddy" Gonzalez
Coach Edward "Eddy" Gonzalez will be joining the IHC Soccer academy after spending the past few years working in many aspects of the soccer world. Eddy spent his collegiate career playing at NCAA DI American University in Washington DC before finishing his playing career and his degree in Sports Psychology at St Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Following his final collegiate season, Eddy was asked to stay on and serve as the Assistant Coach under Head Coach Michael Toshack. During this time the Saints captured three straight regular-season conference championships, three straight conference tournament championships, three-time NCAA tournament qualifiers, and were ranked as high as #5 in NCAA DIII nation poll.
Eddy moved on from St. Lawrence to join Black Rock FC for their inaugural Prep Academy season where he coached the U-16 boys team and assisted the U-18 boys team along side Black Rock FC founder, and CEO, Jon Moodey. The year together proved fruitful for the club as the teams won the NEP League and the Connecticut State Championship for their respective age groups automatically qualifying for the US Club Soccer National tournament. Following his time with Black Rock FC, Eddy was offered a position as the Director of Recruitment at SPM Soccer. He has been in charge of the youth recruitment and scouting for the past four years where he has worked with many of their top players both in the USA and abroad. The transition allowed Eddy to return to his boyhood club Bayside FC, additionally he has helped St Raphael Academy reach their first-ever High School State Championship title.
“I am extremely excited to join the IHC community and look forward to working with motivated student athletes with high academic and athletic goals. With the support of the community, teachers, families, and Black Rock’s partnership, I am confident that we will be able to find success quickly and become nationally recognized for producing top players.
PHONE: +1 401 556 4467 (WHATSAPP/FACETIME)