Sky Blue FC Solidifies Coaching Staff

Grubb and Moore both bring vast experience to Sky Blue FC.

Jennifer Grubb and Jim Moore Round out Qualified Group of Assistants

Somerset, N.J. (Thursday, August 5, 2010) – Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) officially announced today the addition of Jennifer Grubb and Jim Moore to its assistant coaching staff. The duo brings vast soccer experience to head coach Rick Stainton and assistant Jesse Kolmel, with Grubb earning many accolades as a professional player and Moore spending the past five years as head coach at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.

“With these two new additions, we have truly solidified our coaching staff,” Stainton remarked. “We all have the same ultimate goal in common, but we also have different personalities. To that note, we generally have the same views and beliefs regarding the game itself, and that makes for a very good dynamic between us. I could not be any more excited to have such a well-qualified and experienced staff.”

Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone was equally as excited about the newest development with the coaching staff.

“We are especially enthusiastic to have both Jim and Jen on board,” he stated. “They bring vast experience, but more, the type of steady maturity that is vital to the core of our coaching staff. Overall, we have a well-rounded and cohesive staff, and I am confident they are an excellent group to guide our team.”

As a player for the Washington Freedom, Grubb was the only player in Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) history who played every minute of every single match over its three seasons of operation. Additionally, she was named a WUSA All-Star each year and served as captain of the Freedom during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. This past July, Grubb became just the fifth member of the Hall of Freedom, which is the highest honor for a former Freedom player and equivalent of being the team’s Hall of Fame.

A former defender for the U.S. National Team, Grubb excelled at the University of Notre Dame before turning professional. She was a three-time Player of the Year finalist, and her 83 career points are the most in program history. Her 53 assists for the Irish are seventh all-time for her school and 20th in NCAA history. Since hanging up her playing cleats, the USSF “C” License holder has turned to coaching, and she currently serves as the head coach of the Peddie School, a high school located in Hightstown, New Jersey.

Moore, a former goalkeeper as a player, has led Georgian Court University (GCU) to a 33-6-5 record in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) over the past four seasons. He was selected as the 2006 CACC Coach of the Year in what was just his second year at the helm, and Moore then led GCU to its first CACC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008. During the 2008 season, Moore also led the Lions to a 15-game unbeaten streak. The following year, GCU had another stellar season and were CACC Regular Season Co-Champions. Before arriving in Lakewood, Moore served as an assistant coach at Bryant University in Rhode Island, helping the program to its first national ranking and bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2001.

Next up for Sky Blue FC is a road pairing this Saturday against the Atlanta Beat. The team will return home next Wednesday, August 11th, when it hosts the Washington Freedom at Yurcak Field, with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. In partnership with the Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure chapter, and as part of PUMA’s league-wide Project Pink initiative, the team will be wearing and auctioning off specialty-made pink PUMA jerseys during the match. The game will also be played with a pink PUMA ball in an effort to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. To receive a special group rate on tickets for next Wednesday’s Project Pink match, fans can click here and use the promotional code GOPINK. Supporters can also call the team today at 1-888-SBFC-TIX.

Sky Blue FC is also an active participant in the Donate Your Gear program to benefit the Schools of Niger, Africa, and the team invites fans to join them in the worthy cause by donating new or gently used items at any of its remaining home games. Among the items which fans are encouraged to bring include clothing, cleats, balls, equipment, coaches' gear and water bottles. Drop boxes will be positioned at the entrance to Yurcak Field for those who wish to contribute.

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