Iowa Rush is proud to announce that Director of Coaching, Greg Hennelly, has been appointed 1st team assistant coach to the local Premier Development League (PDL) men's team, the Des Moines Menace. Hennelly's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting Head Coach Mike Matkovich with planning and executing all training sessions, game time preparation, and assist with in game coaching decisions. Greg will also be taking the lead on video analysis for tactical adjustments and scouting of opponents to help prepare the team for upcoming games and events. Hennelly explained “I am very excited and honored for the opportunity Coach Matkovich, General Manager Matt Homonoff, and the entire Des Moines Menace PDL Program has given me. This will not only be beneficial for myself and my coaching development, but will prove to give me extensive experience at the next level that I can bring back to continue to developing our players here at the Iowa Rush". Hennelly went on, "Being able to work alongside one of the most respected coaches at the professional level, who has experience with multiple MLS Teams, the US National Program, and proven success running elite clubs in the US will prove to be beneficial for both myself and our players at the Iowa Rush".
Executive Director of the Iowa Rush, Paul Fabry stated, "On both a personal and professional level, I could not be more proud and excited for Greg's appointment to the first team staff at Menace. His work ethic, passion, and knowledge are continuing to be recognized at multiple levels within the game, and therefore raising his impact on player development across the Midwest, and now nationally. We are fully confident in his ability to manage dual roles with Rush and Menace this spring and summer, and wish him and the Menace team the best of luck in their upcoming season".
The men's team competes in the Heartland Division and will kick off its season May 11th in Wichita for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, first round. Hennelly will continue his duties as Director of Coaching for the Iowa Rush Soccer Club during his tenure with Menace. To catch up on more Menace PDL news, please visit their website at www.menacesoccer.com.