Lauren Bernard: U12 Girls & U16 Girls Coach

Black Watch Burlington is thrilled to welcome Lauren Bernard to its coaching staff. Lauren will be Head Coach of the U16 and U12 Girls teams for the club beginning in the Winter/Spring 2018-19 season.

Lauren is entering her third year as an assistant coach with the UVM Women's Soccer team. Bernard helped the UVM women's soccer program to new heights in 2017. The Catamounts made their first ever appearance in the America East Championship Game and became only the second team in the history of the league to earn a title game berth as a No. 6 seed. The 2017 Cats ended the season with a 9-9-2 overall record, their highest win total since the 2004 campaign. In 2016, the Catamounts made their second consecutive trip to the semifinal round of the America East Tournament, a first for the program. 

"We are excited to have Lauren join our coaching staff at Black Watch Burlington," said Ruben Resendes, UVM Men's Soccer Assistant Coach and Director of Coaching for Black Watch Burlington. "Lauren's coaching experience, playing experience and overall enthusiasm and great energy is going to help the club strengthen and grow our Girls program."

Bernard joined the UVM staff after a four-year starter at Boston College. A defender/midfielder for the Eagles she started every game she played (81) and finished her career with 29 points on six goals and 17 assists. She ranked third on the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior and helped BC reach the NCAA Tournament three times, including an Elite Eight appearance in her sophomore season. Bernard was named the Boston College Rookie of the Year in 2012.

A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Vermont, she was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Colchester High School and a member of the U.S. U14 and U18 Youth National Teams. She was also a member of the ODP Region I Team from 2005-2012.

FC Stars and Black Watch Premier strike collaboration agreement

Acton, Massachusetts - The nationally-renowned youth soccer club in the New England region, FC Stars, and Black Watch Premier (BWP), with locations in both Albany, New York and Burlington, Vermont have reached understanding on a collaboration agreement for 2017-2018. The two Nike Clubs have strong histories in developing players who compete at the highest level, whether US Youth National teams or at collegiate levels. Both clubs will work together through a coaching education platform to enhance player instruction and programming. The clubs will operate joint technical training centers for player identification and development and joint events such as inter-club showcases and tournaments. This collaboration links the I-90 corridor from Boston, Massachusetts westward to the Capital Region of New York

"I am extremely excited at the opportunity to work with the staff at FC Stars. Their first-class reputation and attention to detail are cornerstones of their high-quality operation. This is a great opportunity for our players at BWP and our staff," stated Executive Director and Founder of BWP, Steve Freeman. "Enhancing pathways and opportunities for our players and staff members is always at the forefront of our objectives with the Club. This does just that. It brings high-quality people to the table together to create better opportunities for everyone," stated Freeman.

FC Stars Director of Coaching, Jason Dewhurst, expressed, "FC Stars is very excited about the relationship with Blackwatch Premier and the possibilities it brings for the future. Their leadership has the same beliefs and development philosophy as we do. We feel this relationship will blossom into something great for the players in both organizations and for players based along the I-90 corridor."

Ruben Resendes: Director of Coaching

Black Watch - Burlington is pleased to welcome Ruben Resendes as Director of Coaching.    Resendes brings an extensive coaching and playing background to the club and to UVM where is he is the new Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach.   As Director of Coaching, Resendes will be the lead clinician for the boys U8 - U19 teams for Black Watch - Burlington.   Resendes will also be head or co-coach of the 2004/2005 and 1999~2001 Boys teams. 

“We are thrilled to have Ruben as our new Director of Coaching at Black Watch,” said Rob Dow who assumes the youth director title at Black Watch.” Ruben brings fantastic energy and experience at a pivotal point for the club which has grown exponentially in the last two years. Ruben demonstrates our commitment to having the best coaching staff”

Resendes comes to Burlington after spending the previous two seasons as Head Coach at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, and 6 years as an Academy Coach with The New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. Over the past two years as head coach at Dean College, Resendes helped lead the Bulldogs to their most successful stretch in program history with a 33-3-0 (.917) record. In 2016, he guided Dean to a 17-2-0 overall record and earned an invitation to the USCAA National Tournament. The 2016 squad set the program record in total wins (17), consecutive wins (11), goals scored (106), fewest goals allowed (5), and most shutouts (16). Resendes was a finalist for USCAA National Coach of The Year. A year earlier, the Bulldogs finished the season nationally ranked at 16-1-0 and Resendes was recognized with the NJCAA All-New England Coach of the Year award. 

 Resendes has spent the last six years in professional youth development, coaching with the New England Revolution Academy, most recently serving as the U13 Development Academy Team, Head Coach. Resendes has also served as the Head Coach of the New England Revolution U23 team, over the past two years (2016 & 2017). During his six-year tenure with the Revolution Academy, he also served as a 1st Team Scout, Academy Scout, Residential Camp Liaison, and Regional Development School Coordinator, where he focused on curriculum and player development. In 2008, Resendes played for the Revolution Academy's inaugural team. He was the first Revolution Academy graduate to return to the program as a coach.

Before becoming the head coach at Dean, Resendes returned to his alma mater, Southern New Hampshire University, as an assistant coach in 2014. While at SNHU, Resendes saw the Penmen finish the season with a 17-1-2 record. In 2013, he served as associate head coach at Emmanuel where he helped the Saints to a program-best 5-4-0 conference record.

Resendes played collegiately as a midfielder at Southern New Hampshire from 2009-12, which included three years under the tutelage of UVM Men’s Soccer coach,  Rob Dow, who had four seasons as an assistant coach with the Penmen. At SNHU, Resendes was a four-year starter and played in four NCAA tournaments. He was a three-time NSCAA All-Region selection and he earned NSCAA All-America honors as a senior. He was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Team in each of his four seasons and was named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2009.
Following his successful career with the Penmen, Resendes played professionally for Tindastoll FC of Iceland's Úrvalsdeild.
Resendes will be at the Black Watch summer tryouts in July.   “I look forward to working with the Black Watch coaches and players and be a part of the Black Watch community.   I believe in the club’s training philosophy and inclusive mission and am excited to incorporate my experience and ideas into what is already a well-established program.   Many of the teams had incredible success this season and I am eager to be a part of developing these players as they continue into the next season.”