Former Real Salt Lake Head Scout Andy Williams Departs Club Following 2020 Furlough
Mar 1, 2021, 12:04 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Real Salt Lake Head Scout Andy Williams has announced that he has accepted the Head Coaching position at Pre-College Development Academy in Arizona.
Williams, who appeared in 189 games for RSL from 2005 to 2011 prior to joining the front office, was furloughed in April 2020 due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pre-College Development Academy is a program that ensures high school athletes are prepared for the challenges of the college game. PCDA has “engineered a 5 pillar approach that will put you on the path to success in the classroom, on the pitch, and life in general.”
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Under his new role, Williams will be traveling North America with the hopes of finding the next generation of star soccer players to nurture and prepare. He will help them develop on the pitch, in the classroom and in life.
During his time at RSL, Williams was responsible for some of the club’s biggest signings, including the likes of Albert Rusnak, Damir Kreilach, Marcelo Silva, Pablo Ruiz, Everton Luiz, Jeizon Ramirez, among others.
Williams is beloved by the RSL fanbase. His playing ability will never be forgotten, and his wherewithal when it comes to scouting talent is second to none. His presence will be greatly missed.
I've called UT my home since 2005 and I've loved every minute here. This state will always have a special place in my heart. This club, the fans and of course all of my teammates that I've played with. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
— Andy Williams (@bommadog) February 24, 2021
“This club, the fans, and of course all of my teammates that I’ve played with. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Williams said on Twitter shortly after announcing his career change.
“We want to wish Andy Williams the very best of luck in his new opportunity. We appreciate his contribution as a player, as a coach, and as a scout for our organization. We are grateful for all of his hard work, both on and off the field,” RSL said in a statement to KSL Sports.
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