Hallam to become Assistant Coach at Texas Tech University Women’s Soccer Program
It is with heavy hearts that SA City SC (formerly Lonestar SC San Antonio) announces the departure of our Director of Coaching, Nick Hallam. Nick leaves the club to take on an exciting new position as Assistant Coach of the Texas Tech University Women’s Soccer Program! Coaching at the NCAA Division 1 level is indeed a great opportunity, and we at SA CITY SC wish him the best of luck in his new role. We are proud to see one of our staff rewarded for their work and additionally, we believe the support and commitment of our long-term development plan for players and our coaching staff has prepared and equipped Nick to move forward into his new post.
Coach Nick has coached youth soccer for nineteen (19) years and has been in his position as DOC with Lonestar SC SA (now SA City SC) for six (6) years. Being offered a coaching role at the NCAA Division 1 level at a top ranked program such as Texas Tech University is a forward and logical move to advance his coaching career.
Nick will leave behind an impressive list of accomplishments with the Club. On a club level, most importantly, he has put player development at the forefront of youth soccer here in San Antonio. He has implemented a club wide curriculum that has given SA CITY SC a great reputation for its club wide style of play. He has assisted in putting SA on the map nationally and has been influential with helping place players on US National Youth Teams. Through his leadership we have had players consistently identified and recognized at USSF Regional ID Events. We are proud Nick has helped in the consistent exposure of many of our teams at US Club Soccer National Events, such as the NPL Finals and the US Club Soccer National Championships, of which our ’02G Red SA won this past year. Nick has been a key figure in bringing more opportunities to the players of San Antonio by playing a vital role in the development of the USC Champions League. Nick helped lay the foundation for our College Placement Program that is constantly growing as a result of the development of our players and the addition of key members of staff that have aided in placing more than 100 players in college programs around the country.
During his time here at Lonestar SC SA (now SA City) he has obtained both his USSF “A” License as well as his NSCAA Advanced Director of Coaching Diploma. Under Nick’s leadership SA City has seen the club grow to include 1250 players and 55 teams, now the largest youth soccer club in San Antonio.
We at SA City SC thank Nick for improving and building our fantastic Coaching Staff. He has mentored and encouraged staff and established a well-defined staff education program. Coach Eric Johnson states about joining the staff 2 years ago, “I could not be happier with my decision as I have learned a great deal off of him (Coach Nick). He is an analytical thinker as a coach and as a director. He is truly consumed with helping young players become not only better footballers, but better people. I have not only gained a very intelligent colleague as a resource on my own individual journey, but also a lifelong friend.”
We at SA City SC have every confidence in the leadership of our current Program Directors in moving forward and continuing the foundation that has defined our coaching and training philosophy. As Coach Nick states, “I have confidence Adriano and the Program Directors will take on the baton and be key figures in the leading of the club. They collectively have the qualities, the experience, and the professional drive to continue to progress the club forward while also protecting the work we have been able to achieve to this point.”
We wish Nick nothing but the best in his new role at Texas Tech, and know he will make a positive impact on the women’s college game, just as he has for youth soccer here in San Antonio. As he moves on to the next stage of his coaching career, Coach Nick says “I wish nothing but the best for SA City SC moving forward and I will be popping back in from time to time to recruit the talent that will continue to be developed from this program by the excellent staff and club philosophy.”