BWP and Lee County Strikers come together as one...

Fort Myers, FL-Black Watch Premier (BWP) and the Lee County Strikers, a long-standing youth soccer club in the Greater Fort Myers area, have come together to form BWP Lee County Strikers.

The technical roll-out of the Club's operations will begin this Spring, and will roll right into the trial season in May of 2019. The Club’s mission and operating principles are “player-centric” in nature and are focused on a player’s development, both on and off the field, player and staff education through high-quality coaching education, and developing a culture conducive to overall development. "We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work together with Jesse Cormier again and the leadership team in place at Lee County Strikers," stated Director of Programming Steve Freeman who is also a public elementary school teacher for the past 20 years. "Lee County Strikers has a long-standing history of competing on the state-level for both girls and boys. I can remember growing up in Tampa, and Lee County having teams competing," stated Freeman.

Lee County President Jeff Richards and the Board met with Freeman, and began a dialogue that led to the integration. "Working with Jeff, Pam, Stewart, Jesse and Cip was an absolute pleasure. Their forward thinking and care that they give to all decisions related to the members, families, players and staff is incredible. I believe we share the same philosophies from a teaching/understanding the game, technical standpoint and administrative/operations standpoint.”

BWP will take over the administration and operations of the Club and its day-to-day operations. BWP has a 23-year track record in the Capital Region of New York and Burlington, Vermont of creating a “player-centric” environment. Over 500 graduates of BWP have gone on to play collegiately, over 130 have competed at the Division I level, 3 have played MLS, 9 have played for the US Youth National Teams and more to come. “Getting people in their optimal position to effectively support the culture and mission of the Club is one of the main objectives. This is a commitment to the community and we will make sure that it is cost-effective (cost matches product), all children of the local community will have access no matter their socio-economic position, as well as ability. Programs will be created to meet the needs of all players having the desire to create BWP Lee County Strikers as the best place to be to grow as a soccer player in the Southwest Florida,” stated Freeman. “This relationship will hopefully grow in natural and organic ways that will add benefits to all Club members.”

Adrian Dubois: Director of Coaching & U14 Boys Coach

Black Watch Burlington is excited to announce the new addition of Adrian Dubois to the technical staff. Dubois replaces Ruben Resendes as the Club's Director of Coaching. "We are ecstatic to have Adrian on board. He has history with the Club, and one of the greatest qualities I remember about him was his passion for the game and willingness to support others," stated BWP Director of Programming Steve Freeman. "Adrian will be an asset to the UVM program, BWP Burlington and the Burlington community at large."

Adrian Dubois comes to Catamount Country after an impressive five-year head coaching stint at St. Joseph's College in Standish Maine. In his four seasons, the Monks accrued a 71-25-9 record, captured three GNAC crowns, and earned the program's first ever NCAA Tournament win. SJC owned a 42-game unbeaten streak over the past two seasons – the fifth longest in NCAA Division III men's soccer history. He was named GNAC Coach of the Year three times and earned United Soccer Coaches New England Staff of the Year honors in 2017. In 2018, Dubois also coached club with Seacoast United Soccer Academy as their u19 Developmental Academy Coach. The year before, Adrian won a Club National Championship with Seacoast United Mariners in 2017.

Prior to a one-year stint with the Beacons of UMass.-Boston, Coach Dubois worked for two years as an assistant at University of California-San Diego, a program which competes in one of the top NCAA DII conferences in the country. He has also worked with the New England Football Club in Boston and The Catalyst Training Center in San Diego and, in 2012, earned an internship opportunity with the Newcastle United Football Club.

Dubois certainly brings a wealth of high-level playing experience to the position. A native of Acworth, New Hampshire, he played collegiately as a four-year starting midfielder at University of New Hampshire after earning New Hampshire High School All-America and Gatorade Player of the Year accolades following his senior season at Fall Mountain Regional High School. Dubois went on to play professionally for several clubs, including a three-year stint with the San Diego Flash of the National Premier Soccer league and, most recently, the Los Angeles Blues of the United Soccer League. Along the way, he earned ‘Invite Only Trials’ with a pair of Major League Soccer clubs: the New England Revolution (2009) and San Jose Earthquakes (2012).

Dubois earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at UNH in 2009 has a USSF National ‘C’ Coaching License and is currently working towards obtaining his 'B' License.

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.