From SoCal FC Communications Team
March 19, 2015
Dido Tshimanga becomes first-ever SoCal FC head coach
LOS ANGELES – SoCal FC is excited to announce that Dido Tshimanga has been named head coach for the club’s inaugural WPSL season. Tshimanga was involved in the SoCal’s early stages, helping the organization take form, and will now take the opportunity to coach the first team that SoCal FC will field in the WPSL behind a wealth of coaching experience.
“I am extremely excited to start on this project largely because the ideals by which So Cal FC is being founded on hold the same philosophy I have always held,” commented Tshimanga. “Being SoCal FC's first head coach in its maiden year certainly is a special opportunity I could not pass up. I cannot wait to get started with the players I have been in talks with.”
Tshimanga brings an impressive résumé to SoCal that includes working with professional and youth clubs. He spent 2013 and 2014 with the professional Houston Aces outfit twice leading them to the WPSL Championship. On both years, his team fell just short of the title. In 2013, the Aces allowed only six goals all season while scoring 69 on their opponents.
He proudly coached the league’s eventual Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year awards winners in 2013. One of his 2014 team members was recently nominated into the WPSL Hall of Fame.
The Houston Aces were back-to-back Sky Conference champions under Tshimanga as well as 2013 USASA national champions.
Aside from Houston, he has also been on the Region 4 Olympic Developmental Program staff, as well as SoCal Blues SC staff where his teams have been USYS champions, runners-up, and have claimed State and Regional championships.
He also holds a USSF “B” National License, Strength and Conditioning Certificate, and Athletic Performance Enhancement qualifications.
“Having Dido as our head coach is a great step in the right direction for the club,” commented SoCal FC President Guy Arnone. “His coaching experience and success at one of the best clubs in youth soccer and previously with the Houston Aces makes him a great candidate for the job. He has been working hard on building our roster and I am very much looking forward to the start of the season.”
SoCal FC will soon finalize a decision on the home venue for the 2015 WPSL season, and make more announcements in the near future regarding additions to the coaching staff, players, schedule, and more. Fans can follow @SoCalFCWPSL on twitter, and like SoCal FC on facebook for all the latest team news.
About SoCal FC
SoCal FC, founded in January 2015, is an amateur developmental team that will represent Southern California in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) starting May 2015. SoCal FC’s mission is to foster the development of future domestic and international soccer stars on and off the field while providing soccer fans in Southern California a unique opportunity to support the growth of the beautiful game.
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