Hindley to coach Pensacola soccer club

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 09:06 AM.

The offseason will be a busy season for Gary Hindley.

The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys and girls soccer coach will spend several months this summer coaching a Pensacola club team in the National Premier Soccer League.

Pensacola City FC, which was formerly named the Gulf Coast Texans, competes in what Hindley called a fourth-tier league in the player development pyramid of the United States Soccer Federation.

“It is a professional development league and the players are amateurs,” Hindley said. “This would be the most logical step out of college and we have several college all-Americans coming in. We also have a player from France.

“This was interesting to me because they are young players and I still think of myself as a teacher-coach rather than a coach-teacher.”

Practice for the team, which was purchased by Pensacola businessman Bill Fetke during the past year, begins May 1. The playoffs run through the end of July.

The regular-season slate includes games against teams from Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Atlanta and Mobile, AL.

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