Staff

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Staff

Chris Owen

Director of Coaching:

A New Jersey native, Owen enjoyed a standout career at Montclair State University as a goalkeeper, appearing in 58 games during his career from 2001-05.  In his four years he collected a 33-18-6 record, complete with 21 clean sheets and a miniscule 0.97 goals against average.  After receiving his degree he joined the Red Hawks as an assistant coach, first with the men's team and then later and for a longer period, with the women's team.

 

Concentrating on team tactics, conditioning and scouting, Owen also acted as the head goalkeeping coach for the men's program at Montclair State from 2006-09.  During that run, the Red Hawks took home a pair of NJAC titles and advanced to the Round of 16 and the Elite 8 of postseason play.  After a step away from collegiate coaching, Owen returned to Montclair State in 2011, and has spent the previous 10 seasons with the Red Hawks' women's program.  There, alongside intense training of goalkeepers he took on an expanded role as a scout, recruiter, and trainer, becoming a primary supervisor at team practices and training sessions.  There, he helped lead the Red Hawks to five-straight NCAA Postseason Tournament appearances from 2012-16.  

 

While Owen's experiences are extensive at the college level, he also brings a wealth of experience on the youth level as well.  Since 2013 he has been a Head Coach for U17 and under groups with Cedar Stars Bergen West Academy, and since 2018 he has served as the Director of Goalkeeping for the Americans Soccer Club, also serving as a head coach for 12  and under boys and girls teams. 

 

A graduate of Montclair State with a Bachelor's in Justice Studies, Owen resides in West Milford, NJ, with his wife, Natasha, and three children.

Coaching Experience:

Montclair State Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach

Montclair State Women’s Soccer Head Assistant Coach

College Of Staten Island Women’s Soccer Head Assistant Coach

 

NJ Crush FC Staff Coach

NJ Crush FC Director of Goalkeeping

Cedar Stars Bergen West Staff Coach

Cedar Stars Bergen West Director Of Goalkeeping

 

Americans Soccer Club Staff Coach

Americans Soccer Club Director of Goalkeeping

 

Parsippany Soccer Club Staff Coach

Wyckoff Torpedoes Club Staff Coach

 

 

 

Club Structure

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    Grassroots (5-7 Years)

    Grassroots is our introductory program for young players to fall in love and learn the fundamentals of the game.

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    Recreation (7-14 Years)

    Recreation is our way of providing education and fun in a relaxed environment for players who just want to enjoy the game without the commitment of high-level soccer.

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    EDP (8-18 Years)

    EDP is our focused level of play for players looking for dedicated, committed soccer experience. With two levels of competition from EDP Championship to EDP Premier, this is a progressive level that aims to prepare players for a higher level of commitment.

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    USYS Mid Atlantic (11-18 Years)

    USYS Mid Atlantic is one of the region’s highest levels of competition and a great opportunity for players to show their talent and ability.

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    NPL Alliance Soccer League (11-18 Years)

    NPL Alliance Soccer League (11-18 Years) is another strong regional platform with opportunities for players to progress on a nationwide level. Competition high is strong and focused toward College level ability.

By offering players a structured, stable and progressive pyramid of development, we as a club are able to provide the highest level of education and dedication to all players whilst challenging and maintaining steady growth throughout each player's youth career..