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Hein and Oakley to Lead Talent Identification and College Recruiting

By Michigan Jaguars FC, 07/21/21, 2:00PM EDT

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NOVI, Mich. – Michigan Jaguars FC is pleased to announce that new hires Holly Hein and Josh Oakley will lead the club’s Talent Identification and College Recruiting efforts. Hein assumes the roles of Director of Talent Identification and College Recruiting Coordinator for the girls program, and Oakley will serve in the same roles for the boys program.

“We are lucky to add both Holly and Josh to the Jaguars family,” said Paul Tinnion. “They are experienced in these areas, and both will play important roles as we continue our mission of developing players of all ages and skill levels.”

The College Recruiting Coordinator position has expanded in recent years with Dan Dalzochio (Girls Academy Director) and Martin Clegg (Huron Valley Director of Coaching) having held the title. The Recruiting Coordinator will help streamline the college recruiting process for Jaguars players at all branches.

Both Hein and Oakley bring extensive college coaching experience to the club. Hein has coached as an assistant at the college level with the University of Michigan and Yale. Oakley has over 20 years of experience in the college ranks with recent stops at Alma and Spring Arbor.

“We have a tremendous number of current and former college coaches on our staff,” Oakley said. “Together we will build on what is already an incredible recruiting network for our players.”

The Talent Identification position is a new development that will help Michigan Jaguars FC find more players that fit the club’s training environment while ultimately strengthening the club’s teams from top to bottom. Hein and Oakley will also continue building relationships with other local youth clubs to ensure we are finding players the right way.

“We are excited to increase our Talent Identification efforts with the goal of serving Michigan’s youth soccer players to the best of our abilities,” Tinnion said. “Our club’s philosophy is to put each player in the soccer environment that best fits their development needs. Whether it’s a Boys or Girls Academy player who wants to be a professional or a player who wants to make their high school soccer team for the first time, we’re committed to providing the best experience for everyone.”

Central to the club’s player development values, Michigan Jaguars FC also prioritizes pushing its best players on to professional opportunities. In recent years, the club has placed players in professional MLS Academies at Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, and FC Cincinnati. On the girls side, three players have earned United States Youth National Team call-ups and fourteen players were invited to the Girls Academy Regional Talent ID Center in 2021.

Added Hein: "I am excited to join this forward-thinking and passionate group of players and coaches because I value the same things they value in the youth development environment. The future is bright for the club and I look forward to contributing to its ongoing success.”

Michigan Jaguars FC currently offers teams in three of the top soccer platforms (MLS NEXT, Girls Academy League, and USYS National League Club vs. Club) along with teams in Directors Academy, MSPSP, MSDSL, and WSSL. The club formed teams at six branches in 2021/22: CW3, Dearborn, Genesee, Huron Valley, Novi, and LaSalle (Canada).