Colorado Rapids Women News Release
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
DENVER - The Colorado Rapids Women have announced the latest additions to their coaching staff for the 2012 W-League season, with Alexandre Balog named as the assistant coach for the team.
Balog has a high level of playing experience, starting with his prolific youth career based at Belgian club OH Leuven in the Jupiler League, Belgium’s top flight. He played professionally for clubs based in Greece, England, and Hungary.
Balog is currently the assistant men’s coach at Montana State University and after a successful season in one of the toughest conferences, has agreed to join Rapids Women Head Coach Daniel Clitnovici, who is excited to bring such a soccer professional on board.
“Alex will be able to bring the professional mentality I’m looking for and his vast experience as a goalKeeper coach can also benefit us in more ways than one," Clitnovici said. "He will be another committed person to have in this organization.”
Balog has previous coaching experience at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. and NAIA soccer powerhouse Auburn University-Montgomery in Montgomery, Ala., which has been a top-25 NAIA collegiate soccer program for more than a decade.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the new Colorado Rapids W-League team," Balog said. "I think we have a very exciting season ahead of us and I believe that with the squad and coaching staff that have been putting together, we will be able to achieve our season’s objectives and hopefully more. I want to thank the clubs administration and Head Coach Clitnovici for this opportunity to coach at the highest level of women’s soccer in America.”
Balog currently holds several USSF and NSCAA coaching qualifications and will be involved with the Rapids Women’s operations including the Colorado Rapids Super-20 team.
In addition to hiring Balog as the W-League assistant, the Colorado Rapids have also named Colorado Springs native Sean Miller as the Super-20 League youth coach for the 2012 season. Miller has played collegiate soccer and also coached in Colorado with successful high school programs as well as being an integral part in the positive direction of youth development that has taken place at the Northern Colorado Soccer Club in Greeley, Colorado. Miller will be primarily involved with the Colorado Rapids Super-20s.