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Christian Hoefler to lead Clippers and Queen's Gaels in dual role

By Robby Breadner - Director of Communications, 07/31/17, 2:15PM EDT

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Partnership between Kingston Clippers and Queen’s Gaels creates new opportunities for mentorship, employment, and player development.

Christian Hoefler, the part-time head coach of Queen’s men’s soccer since 2014, will be the team’s first full-time coach as it prepares for the upcoming season. The Gaels and Kingston Clippers Soccer Club have also reached an agreement that will see Hoefler become the senior performance coach for the club’s U13 – U18 squad.

“We are delighted to have Christian transition into this full-time role, and build on the success of the program in recent years,” says Sean Scott, Director, High Performance Sport Operations. “In addition, the new partnership with the Clippers will provide great new opportunities for our student-athletes to be even more involved in the local soccer community.”

In his first three seasons with Queen's, Hoefler has a 28-12-14 record and has led his team to the playoffs each year. He came to the Gaels from the Ottawa Fury Football Club, where he served as head coach for seven years in various junior development roles.

“To be able to work with others in the sport I adore is a dream come true, especially with the best academic and athletic institution in the country and a club that cares deeply for its players, coaches, and members,” says Hoefler. 

The partnership with the Clippers will create opportunities for mentorship, recruitment and employment, establishing a formal and mutually beneficial connection between the two organizations.

“The Kingston Clippers Soccer Club is delighted that Christian has accepted the offer of employment as the club’s competitive head coach, takeing on a pivotal role in the partnership between Queen’s and the Clippers,” says Sean O’Brien, President, Kingston Clippers Soccer Club. “Christian's excellent coaching acumen, in tandem with his thorough understanding of the importance of the relationship between the university and the community, made him the distinct choice for the position. From facilities to coaching staff, governance to high performance, this formal collaboration between Queen's and the Clippers represents a commitment from both organizations toward long term player and coach development in Kingston.”

Queen's recently announced it was establishing full-time coaching positions for both its men's and women's soccer and rugby programs, creating opportunities for sustained excellence and strategic planning for both sports.

“Full-time leadership, combined with this exciting new partnership with the Clippers, will greatly enrich not only the student-athlete experience here at Queen’s, but will also allow us to contribute more fully to the development of coaches and players in the Kingston area.  The synergies that can be achieved position us well for the long-term competitive growth of both organizations,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation.

For more information about the new positions, click here.

The Queen's Gaels Men’s soccer team begins its 2017 season on Sunday Aug. 27 against the UOIT Ridgebacks in Oshawa. The Gaels is here: Full schedule