Will Healy made clear Wednesday that he desires to create pleasure for UNC Charlotte soccer.
“The place we’re sitting proper right here at one cut-off date will likely be a part of a stadium with 40,000 individuals screaming about Charlotte athletics,” Healy stated throughout his first information convention as coach of the 49ers. “That’s my hope for this place.”
There is a lengthy option to go. Common attendance was solely about 11,700 this season for the 5-7 49ers.
Healy says they first need to fill the 15,000 seats in Jerry Richardson Stadium, however by making a tradition of openness and growing relationships with the scholar physique and metropolis, followers will observe.
That vitality was a giant issue for Athletic Director Mike Hill when deciding to rent the 33-year-old Healy.
“I believe he displays our establishment — younger, hungry, up-and-comer,” Hill stated. “He’s a power — you’ll be able to really feel it within the room if you’re with him.”
Hill stated it is essential that the coach have a want to be in Charlotte, and to make the crew identified in a metropolis with “so many divided pursuits.”
Healy led Austin Peay State College for the final three years after seven years as an assistant coach on the College of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Austin Peay had a 29-game dropping streak when he arrived. In 2017, Healy led the crew to an 8-Four file and earned the Eddie Robinson Award for the NCAA Soccer Championship Subdivision Coach of the Yr.
Earlier than that, Healy was a quarterback on the College of Richmond when the college received the FCS nationwide championship throughout his senior season in 2008.
Healy stated was excited to take the Charlotte job. He recalled his response when Athletic Director Mike Hill known as him in regards to the place: “I’d stroll to Charlotte from Chattanooga simply to have a possibility to speak to you about this job.”
Many coaches throughout the nation raved about Healy after they discovered he landed the job, together with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.
“What a house run rent. This man is as sharp as they arrive. He’s about all the precise issues. He’s going to be superior. These gamers will love him, and I actually consider that he’ll construct one thing particular there in Charlotte. He’s one of many vivid younger coaches within the enterprise, however extra importantly, he’s an amazing particular person with an amazing household. Charlotte knocked it out of the park.”