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Taskin Guven Joins BEST FC Senior Coaching Staff

In preparation for the spring season, BEST FC has expanded its coaching staff and is excited to welcome Taskin Guven as the new head coach of the BEST FC Girls 2003/2004 Impact NPL team.

Coach Taskin brings nearly two decades of coaching experience at the youth through collegiate levels. He previously held head coaching positions at Anna Maria College and Becker College. He will be a key part of BEST FC's coaching staff working closely with Paul Mumby, DOC, focusing on team and player development.

“We remain committed to giving our players access to the best trainers possible,” said Paul Mumby, BEST FC Director of Coaching. “Having Taskin join our full-time coaching staff will be a huge benefit to our program. He will be able to bring advanced technical training to our players on field and offer them guidance as they look ahead to potentially playing at the next level.”

During his time at Anna Maria, the AMCATS set a record for conference games won in a season and had multiple players earn GNAC All-Conference Team honors. In Coach Taskin's six seasons at Becker College, he guided the Hawks to the conference playoffs twice in his first four seasons, winning the NECC Championship in 2008 and earning an ECAC bid. 

He has also worked with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association and the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Program as an instructor.  He remains involved as an instructor with Massachusetts Youth Soccer where he has been an integral part of the program for years including as head coach of the U17 Boys Massachusetts ODP team. Coach Taskin has earned his USSF A License, Grassroots Instructor License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, as well as other accolades.  He is a member of the United States Soccer Federation and the United Soccer Coaches association (formerly the NSCAA).

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!

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