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Caitlin Pickul Announced as Club Director

Beginning in June, Caitlin Pickul will take on a new role with BEST FC which will see her become our new Club Director. For the past six years Coach Caitlin has served as Director of Goalkeeping and has been a driving force behind the development of numerous player development programs specifically focused on the college pathway for our senior players.

"BEST FC could not have selected a better candidate for Club Director than Caitlin Pickul," said Rob Holliday, Best FC's Technical Director. "Cailtin's ability to connect and communicate with players, coaches and parents is evident from her work with BEST FC's High School Goalkeepers and through leading BEST FC's College Education initiatives over the past 4 years."

In addition to her role with BEST FC, Coach Caitlin has served as head women's soccer coach at Nichols College since 2020. Prior to her appointment with the Bison, Coach Caitlin spent four seasons at The College of Holy Cross, first as an Assistant Coach before rising to Associate Head Coach and eventually as Interim Head Coach. Prior to her arrival at Holy Cross, Pickul spent five seasons as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Division III Wellesley College and also held a coaching position at Salem State University.

Coach Caitlin is an assistant goalkeeper coach with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program and is a former Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning. She was also a four-time Big East Academic All-Star while playing for the Providence College women's soccer team.

"Caitlin's playing and coaching pedigree are highly impressive, but most importantly, Caitlin is a good person who shares the values of BEST FC and places the needs and goals of players at the forefront of every decision," said Holliday. "I am excited to see BEST FC's players and coaches thrive under her leadership!"

The future of BEST is so bright... and we are excited for what Coach Caitlin will bring to our program!

Nick Pearce Announced as BEST FC Technical Advisor (5/11/21)

BEST FC is excited to announce the addition of Nick Pearce as our club’s new Technical Advisor.

Nick brings to our club more than 15 years of club and training experience most recently working with Blackburn Rovers FC, Altrincham FC and the Manchester United Foundation. Nick is a UEFA A licence coach who will lead efforts to achieve the growth and development of all players - U8 to U19 - in the club and provide our coaches with the necessary tools to technically and tactically develop our players.

"Nick has a ton of experience within the game at all levels," said Paul Mumby, BEST FC’s Director of Coaching. "Nick’s professional and direct approach to communication and coaching will be very beneficial for our players and our entire coaching staff. We could not be more excited to welcome Nick an our already strong staff who are dedicated to player development."

Our BEST FC players will see Coach Nick on the field beginning this summer where he will be working with players and collaborating with our coaching staff to further enhance the technical and tactical training program that we have developed for our players.

"The opportunity to join the BEST FC team is one that I could not turn down," said Coach Nick. "My career has been dedicated to managing and developing players from the beginner to the most elite. BEST FC is a club that embraces and cultivates an open and supportive environment that is dedicated to a clear player development pathway. This was without question the place for me, and I can’t wait to get onto the field."

Bringing our BEST FC players the BEST trainers - nationally and internationally - is what has been a part of the club’s mission since its inception. 

We are excited to continue that mission with the addition of Coach Nick!

March 23, 2020

Click on link to view the BEST FC STAY AT HOME Training Plan

March 21, 2020

Dear BEST FC Families:

I hope you are keeping safe and well! It has been great to see the innovative ways that BEST FC players have been keeping active and engaged with soccer over the past week, keep up the great work!

The New England Premiership held a conference call on Friday, please see below updates regarding Spring season dates.

1. April 29, 2020 is the target date to begin the NEP season. This would allow games to begin on May 3 if feasible based on the trajectory of the current situation.

2. Based on the updated season start date, the NEP will look to provide a spring/summer game schedule that would run through June based on the timelines provided by our local and national health organizations. 

3. The NEP website has also been updated with valuable resources for families regarding Coronavirus.

BEST FC is currently planning on a rolling calendar basis, our goal is to ensure that we can get our players back on the field enjoying soccer as soon as it is safe to do so. As always please do not hesitate to call or email Paul ([email protected]) or Rob ([email protected])

You play a key role in Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

Please do not play pick-up games, or participate in soccer activities with anyone outside of your immediate family. Doing so may put others at risk!

Practice social distancing: Stay home. If you must go out, avoid others if possible and keep a minimum distance of 6' from others at all times.

Work remotely, stay home and conduct business via phone/email. Most employers are working with employees to allow for remote work, if possible. 

Limit contact with high-risk populations to remote means such as phone or video. These populations include elders over 60, those with medical conditions, pregnant women, and close family members of anyone in these groups. 

Make a plan to meet your food and household needs while severely limiting time in stores. Do not stockpile so we can ensure that everyone retains access to essential items.

If you are able, continue to support local business remotely through online shopping, gift card purchase, or curbside pickup and delivery.

If you are concerned that you may be getting sick, contact your health care provider for further guidance There are many new telehealth services available that will allow you to receive care while still protecting yourself and others. 



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