Legendary Coach Elmar Bolowich will lead the Armada FC Youth Academy

Bolowich will fill the role of Executive Director and will have full leadership responsibilities of running the club’s soccer and business operations.

Jacksonville, FL, November 13, 2018 - The Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy (JAFCYA) Board of Directors announced today the hiring of Elmar Bolowich as their new Executive Director.  In addition to overseeing the club’s operations, Bolowich will implement the club’s playing philosophy and culture across all of Armada’s recreational, competitive, Elite Club’s National League and US Soccer Developmental Academy (DA) Programs.

“This is an amazing day for the Armada FC Youth Academy and our members. I’d like to welcome Coach Bolowich and his wife Nina into our community and soccer family,” said JAFCYA Board President Chris Dunn.  “Not only has Elmar shown a record of successful leadership on and off the field, but his ethics, values and player first philosophy is exactly what we were looking for in this role.“  

Bolowich comes to the Armada Youth Academy after an extremely successful coaching career where he spent the past 8 years at the helm of the Creighton Men’s Soccer Program where he completed a record of 115-40-17.  Bolowich joined the Bluejays following an amazing 22-year run at The University of North Carolina, during which he helped the Tar Heels to their first national title in program history in 2001. He guided UNC to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and four College Cups, including three consecutive trips to college soccer’s Final Four in his final three seasons in Chapel Hill. He is the winningest coach in UNC men’s soccer history, posting a 280-144-40 (.647) record during his 22 seasons in Chapel Hill.

“After 30 years as a college Division I Men’s Soccer Head Coach, I look forward to bringing my experience to the Armada Youth Academy as the Executive Director for the club,” commented Bolowich. “I've always enjoyed coaching youth teams in both North Carolina and Nebraska, even during my college careers. I am thankful to the Board of Directors with Armada Youth Academy for providing me this opportunity to continue working with youth in the sport I love.”  

Bolowich takes over for Interim Executive Director Pat Cannon, who will continue in his role as the club’s Director of the Boys Programs which includes boys ECNL & US Development Academy (DA) programs.  Cannon shares the Board’s enthusiasm about the new Executive Director:

“We are extremely pleased to be able to bring in Coach Bolowich to the club and clearly his resume speaks for itself,” said Cannon.  “He's 100 percent committed to developing the girls and boys players on and off the field.  He believes in developing the complete player, which fits perfectly into our philosophy as a club. The experience Elmar brings in will not only benefit our players but also will help develop and mold our coaching staff. I look forward to working with Coach Bolowich and making the Armada Youth Academy one of the premier clubs in the nation!”

Coach Bolowich holds a USSF “A” License and has been active coaching and serving on US Olympic Development staffs in both North Carolina and Nebraska.  He was formerly the Director of Coaching for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association and was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.

“The Armada FC Youth Academy is a promising club with young and energetic coaches,” said Bolowich. “One of my goals as the Executive Director is to make the Armada Youth Academy a premier club in the southeast United States while elevating both the girls and boys programs to another level. I am honored to be welcomed so graciously to Jacksonville and I welcome the opportunity to further the goals of Armada FC Youth Academy.”

Bolowich, a native of Edenkoben, Germany, and his wife of 30 years, Nina, will be moving to Jacksonville.  They have two adult children; a daughter Alya and a son Alex.

The Armada FC Youth Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth soccer club serving North Florida, administrating programs for recreational, competitive, Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), US Soccer Developmental Academy (DA), Jr. Developmental Academy and TopSoccer. The Armada FC Youth Academy missionis to offer programs to players of all levels of play and provide them the best opportunity to play at the highest level they want to achieve.

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