Former Rough Riders coach and current Chelsea Ladies FC Head Coach, Emma Hayes, has recently been given the honor of receiving the MBE Award from the Queen of England. This award is given to those representing outstanding service in their industry. In Hayes’ case she received the award for her outstanding service in soccer. “It was like a fairytale,” Hayes said on receiving the award.
Hayes began her coaching career in 2001 when she took over the Head Coach position with the Long Island Lady Riders of the USL W-League where she remained for three seasons, winning Coach of the Year honors in 2002. The team finished the season that year with an 11-3-0 record and advanced to the Conference Finals. From there Hayes would go on to coach at Iona College, Arsenal Ladies FC, Chicago Red Stars of the Women’s Professional League and finally Chelsea Ladies FC where she currently coaches in London. Her success with Chelsea led to her receiving the MBE Award from the Queen. In Hayes’ four years with the team she led the team to a record of 25-7-27, winning the League Trophy this past year. Hayes is known for her commitment and support of women’s soccer in England specifically, where she has successfully worked to make professional football a full-time paid position for women alike!
Former Rough Riders standout Tim Parker has recently received a call to train with English Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. This is Parker’s first off-season training stint. Parker currently plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS and recently received his first two U.S. Men’s National Team call-ups earlier this year. He had started the two U.S. U-23 Men’s National team matches in their home-and-home Olympic qualifying playoff against Colombia last March. Parker played with the Long Island Rough Riders during the 2012 PDL season, before being drafted by Vancouver with the 13th pick. Brighton are currently second in the English Football League Championship division, so Parker will most definitely look to take advantage of this opportunity and come back for the 2017 MLS season focused on leading the Whitecaps into the playoffs.
Long Island Rough Riders and St. Johns University stand-out player Diana Poulin has yet again won several Big East Conference awards in her Senior year. Poulin has received her third straight “Big East Goalkeeper of the Year” award, as well as “ECAC Defensive Player of the Year” and being named to the NSCAA All Region Second Team. She has become just the second player in Big East Conference history to win the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award three times. Besides her success at St. Johns University, Poulin has been a star for the Rough Riders Soccer Club, displaying her talents on both the youth level and with the Women’s Team. Diana played the Jr. Rough Riders Super Y-League team for 3 seasons, leading the team to the National Final in 2011. With the Rough Riders W-League Team, Poulin has played each of the past four seasons helping the team finish in the top half of the league every year. Having received call-ups to the U.S. Women’s U-23 National Team, look for Poulin to make a push towards more National Team action in the future.