We are a month away from the largest military sporting event in the world. West Florida Flames (WFF) is proud to announce the selection of our ECNL staff members to the coaching staff for the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer team competing in the upcoming 6th Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Military World Games. We are pleased to host training at our J.C. Handly Sports Complex in Brandon before the team travels to Mungyeong, Korea in October. And, we are excited for the opportunities and experiences this brings to our players, coaches, and to the greater soccer community.
WFF ECNL U18 Staff Coach, Dale Buterbaugh, has been chosen as Head Coach. Our ECNL Director, “Yoyo” Jorge Zavala, will be the Assistant. Coach Buterbaugh, an Air Force sergeant who spent 21 years of active duty before retiring in 2011, was a previous assistant for the Armed Forces team. “I believe anyone that is selected for this position would feel honored. I am extremely honored. I also feel very confident in the players and coaching staff that we have put together. It is my role to keep them united and focused on our mission: to compete at our highest level and to represent our country to the best of our abilities. To be selected is an honor but, for me, it is what each member of this team does after we have been selected that matters” states Buterbaugh.
West Florida Flames’ Brandon Campus is the team’s designated training site. The J.C. Handly Sports Complex provides a central location, play on regulation-size fields, access to the WFF Performance Facility, and close proximity to MacDill Air Force Base. In addition, Coach Buterbaugh goes further to say that “the area offers a variety of options to compete against high-caliber teams, both collegiate and youth club, to ready the team for play. Personally, it brings together my home, the military, my club, women’s soccer, and the local soccer community.”
The military team is composed of women from all branches of the armed forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard) with various playing experiences: from the academies, to former collegiate players who are currently on active duty. The players are set to arrive on September 13th. Coaches Buterbaugh and Zavala will make use of the full WFF ECNL coaching staff and will bring in University of South Florida Women’s Head Coach Denise Schilte-Brown to augment the team’s training and preparation.
There will be opportunities for our West Florida Flames family to take time to get to know, hear the stories of, and to play with the #amazingyoungwomen on the team. We are united as a club and community to cheer on the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer team as they represent our country and the beautiful game on their road to Korea and in the Military World Games. West Florida Flames and the WFF ECNL program are grateful for this chance to give back to the military community and to support these women and women’s soccer in all aspects.
West Florida Flames ECNL will give game updates (October 2-11) using their Twitter @WFFlames_ECNL. For more information, go to the 6th CISM World Games Korea Facebook page, the United States Armed Forces Sports Facebook page, Twitter (@USMilitarySport), and with #2015USACISM, #armedforcessports, #2015MilGames.