Vancouver Victory FC announce coaching staff

VANCOUVER, WA— Vancouver Victory FC of the Evergreen Premier League has announced their first-ever coaching staff at a conference held on December 3rd before club officials, local media and supporters. The head coach of V2FC will be Biniam Afenegus. He will be assisted by Sean Janson along with his brother, Filomon Afenegus. Biniam is the head coach at the successful Clark College (Vancouver) men’s soccer program, where Janson is his assistant. Filmon is the head coach at Columbia River High School for their girls soccer program.

New V2FC head coach Biniam Afenegus (left) at the press conference with Barrett Goddard and new assistant Filomon Afenegus. (Bradley York)
New V2FC head coach Biniam Afenegus (left) at the press conference with Barrett Goddard and new assistant Filomon Afenegus. (Bradley York)

MORE: Coverage from The Columbian Press conference photo gallery by Bradley York

EPLWA Logo-06-500“I am looking forward to bringing high level amateur soccer to Southwest Washington,” head coach Afenegus says. “This area is known to really enjoy their football, especially with Portland Timbers just down the road. If we can bring in quality players I think we can draw pretty good crowds to support our team.”

Afenegus will rely on his experience and connections to get the Victory launched quickly and successfully. “Hopefully my networking with Region IV soccer and different universities will allow us to bring in high-caliber players. I really enjoy building programs because of the challenge that is involved with it. I have built programs in high school and my recent job at Clark college. Those experiences will help me in making V2FC a competitive team.”

Vancouver owner Barrett Goddard originally thought he might take the lead on the sidelines, but decided to change his focus to establishing other aspects of the Victory operation.

For Goddard, the hires maintain a family feel in Vancouver. “Bimiam coached my younger son Cameron on his premier team, I coached against him and his assistant Sean Janson and lost to them in sudden death overtime in a state semifinal, they went on to win state the next week.” The connections continue. “I coached Sean in high school at Evergreen when he was a senior in 1994,” Barrett explains, “and we lost to Cascade in a state semifinal. So I have known Sean for 19 years.”

The Northern Alliance supporters group gave scarves to the V2FC staff. (Bradley York)
The Northern Alliance supporters group gave scarves to the V2FC staff. (Bradley York)

Goddard likes the track record of his leaders. “Biniam and his staff (including Janson) have made the NWAACC playoffs every year they have been at Clark, have one championship, lost in the finals this year and have finished in the top three every year they have been there. Filomon is the head coach at Columbia River High School for girls soccer. He won a WIAA state title last year and up until a few weeks ago had never lost there.”

The Columbian recently ran a feature story by Paul Danzer on the Afenegus brothers. It can be viewed at this link: http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/nov/12/afenegus-brothers-clark-college-soccer-columbia/ . In the article Biniam says, “A lot of (the work ethic) comes from our upbringing. Our parents sacrificed a lot to come here.” His family came to America from Eritrea on the continent of Africa when he was in third grade and his brother Filomon was just an infant. In America both have gone into education work. “I think both of us became teachers because we had great influences, teachers who not only taught us but were also our coaches,” Biniam said. “I feel like when you’re a coach you’re also a teacher, and when you’re a teacher, you’re a coach. It goes hand in hand.”

Sean Janson is a graduate of Portland State and currently also coaches in the Portland Timbers youth system.

About Vancouver Victory FC
The Victory were announced as the eighth member of the Evergreen Premier League (EPLA) in August of 2013. Since then the club has established a color scheme of light blue, black and white, and will soon debut its crest / logo. The Victory take their name in honor of the ‘victory ships’ built in Vancouver at the Kaiser Shipyards, aiding the US effort in World War II.

Visit V2FC online at: https://www.facebook.com/VancouverVictoryFC

The Northern Alliance greeted V2FC with a smoke and flares display after the conference. (Bradly York)
The Northern Alliance greeted V2FC with a smoke and flares display after the conference. (Bradly York)

About the EPLWA
The Evergreen Premier League is an elite adult men’s soccer league for college and post-college age players to feature their skills on hometown clubs throughout the state of Washington. The league’s mission is to cultivate “football club” culture while providing opportunities for coaches, owners, supporters, players and towns to enjoy the sport and all of the community-building it can bring. The EPLWA is affiliated with the Washington State Adult Soccer Association, the United States Adult Soccer Association, US Soccer and FIFA.

The EPLWA (pronounced E-P-L ‘wah’) will kick off in May 2014 with its debut season: Bellingham United FC (Bellingham), South Sound FC (Tacoma), Wenatchee United FC (Wenatchee), Seattle Stars FC (Tukwila), WestSound FC (Silverdale), FC Three Rivers Tri-Cities (Pasco), Spokane Shadow (Spokane) and Vancouver Victory FC.

Visit the Evergreen Premier League online at: www.EPLWA.com

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