When you are driven by passion, a 20-year career feels like no time at all.
Phil Griffiths, Philadelphia Union’s new Youth Director of Coaching, started coaching as a 18-year old in Reading – England, not Pennsylvania – working part time in Reading FC’s Community Trust whilst also working part time in a sports store before being offered a full time position within the Trust. He immediately knew his future lay with the sport he loved and after stints with Reading FC and recently Penn Fusion, Griffiths has reached his dream of working with a MLS club to develop a new generation of young talent.
“Phil brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our Youth Department and will be an excellent addition to our Professional staff,” Union Youth General Manager David Pettican said. “In his role as Union Youth Director of Coaching he will be responsible for overseeing many key areas such as our MLS affiliation program, coach education and the highly acclaimed Player Pathway Program (PPP). He will work closely with our Technical Director Anthony Flores to continue to deliver the nationally renowned Union Academy curriculum to the youth soccer community in our region. Phil’s forward-thinking ideas align perfectly with other like-minded professionals on the Union Youth staff and we are very fortunate and excited to have him on board.” Read More.....