March 13, 2013
James Armstrong has been hired as an assistant coach for the Auburn soccer team, head coach Karen Hoppa has announced. Armstrong comes from the Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas.
"We are thrilled to have James join our staff. He is one of the best club coaches in the country, and he has a passion for developing soccer players," Hoppa said. "His character and integrity are a perfect fit for the Auburn family, and I have no doubt that he will make our program better."
Armstrong has been at Lonestar SC since its inception in 2004, progressing through the ranks and coaching at all levels of play. At Lonestar SC he was the Girls Junior Academy Director of Coaching for three years, the Girls DI Director of Coaching for three years and most recently the ECNL Head Coach and Premier League Girls Director of Coaching.
"I am obviously incredibly excited for the new challenge ahead," Armstrong said. "The Auburn program is rich in tradition with great facilities players and staff. They truly made me feel part of their family atmosphere and I cannot wait to help Auburn move forward in the seasons ahead in the highly competitive Southeastern Conference."
Last season Armstrong was the assistant coach for Concordia University Texas Tornados. He has also been a ODP Region III coach for girls ages 14-18.
Prior to working with the Lonestar SC and ODP, Armstrong was also a staff member for the United States Women's National Team. He worked with the U-19 U.S. Women's World Cup team that won the championship in 2002, where Hoppa was also an assistant coach, as well as the senior national team which placed third at the 2003 Women's World Cup.
A native of Yorkshire, England, Armstrong earned a bachelor's degree in history and politics from the University of Edinburg in 2000 and a master's in the same disciplines in 2001. He has a USSF A License and a National Youth License.
Armstrong replaces former Associate Head Coach Amy Berbary, who was named the Indiana University head coach in February.
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