Former Manchester United FC, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich FC and current Dutch National team assistant manager, Frans Hoek spends the week with Orange County SC to share best practices and to witness the recent transformation of the club.
IRVINE, Calif. (April 13, 2017) Fresh from taking charge of the Holland vs Italy match, following the departure of Dutch National team Head Coach Danny Blind, Frans Hoek spent the week with the Orange County SC. During his time with the club he observed and participated in Orange County training sessions and also spent time advising the technical staff on coaching, player and youth development and scouting.
Hoek believes the club is making significant progress on and off the field. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Orange County SC. The club has tremendous potential, they now have the infrastructure and staff to take advantage of the abundance of talent in Southern California. I am excited to see the growth of professional soccer in Orange County,” said Hoek.
Hoek started his coaching career at AFC Ajax following a 13 year playing career in the top flight in Dutch football. At 28 he was appointed first team coach to one of the world’s greatest ever players, Johan Cruyff before taking up an assistant coaching role with another one of Dutch football’s iconic figures, Louis Van Gaal. He forged an intimate relationship with Van Gaal, with the pair going on to work together at AFC Ajax, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Munich, Manchester United FC and the Dutch national team.
Hoek’s illustrious coaching career, spans over 30 years, which has seen him win tittles all across Europe ranging from the Bundesliga to the Champions League. He has also worked with some of the finest players of this generation such as, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Ronaldinho.
Whilst in Orange County, Hoek observed the recent changes the club has undergone and advised on a number of areas, to assist with the clubs development. He worked alongside the coaching staff and provided insight to training sessions and methods he ran at Manchester United and how these could be transferred to Orange County’s training sessions. He also spent time running the technical staff through his encyclopedic scouting database, and suggested ways to improve the scouting and analysis department.
Head Coach Logan Pause was delighted with the impact Hoek had on the club during his time in Orange County “Having the opportunity to spend time with Frans was a true gift and privilege. Frans was incredibly open and generous to share both his knowledge and experience, as we strive to meet our goals as a club. Having a global perspective from the highest level is invaluable. I would like to thank Frans for his time and advice,” said Pause.
Not only did Hoek spend time with the clubs technical staff, he also presented to Orange County SC’s founding members at a special event at Stance Socks Headquarters in San Clemente, CA. The club’s founding members were lucky enough to spend the evening with Hoek as he shared his experiences and stories from his time with Europe’s elite clubs. He also explained how he saw Orange County and Southern California as the perfect location for professional soccer to thrive and how the fundamentals of what he implemented at FC Barcelona can be replicated in Southern California. The club’s founding members had the opportunity ask Hoek questions and take pictures with the highly renowned coach.
Pictured left to right: Oliver Wyss (GM & EVP of Soccer Operations), Dan Levine (Stance Socks EVP Merchandising & Design), James Keston (Owner), Frans Hoek and Logan Pause (Head Coach)
Orange County will play their first home game on May 6th vs. LA Galaxy II at the Orange County Great Park. Tickets are on sale now at www.orangecountysoccer.com/tickets.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB:
The Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s Professional Soccer Team. The club was one of 12 founding members of the new United Soccer League (USL) in its inaugural 2011 season. Established in 2013, the predecessor club Orange County Blues were the 2015 Western Conference Regular Season Champions and have reached the Western Conference semifinals of the USL Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The club’s brand-new owner, James Keston, is the Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, and will actively oversee all operations of the USL club in Orange County. Keston is dedicated to transforming the club into a world-class professional soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players and youth clubs of Orange County.
For more information about Orange County Soccer Club and to become an Orange County Founding Member, visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com.