HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald and Men's Soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa today announced the hiring of Alejandro Rincon and Christopher Bart-Williams as assistant coaches. Rincon and Bart-Williams will both be entering their first season of collegiate coaching in 2008 with the Bobcats.
Rincon has eight years of coaching experience, including the last three seasons working with the Academica Program in Cheshire, Conn. He also serves as the head coach for the Academica Premier U-13 Boy's team.
Rincon recently completed his masters' degree at Southern Connecticut State University with a concentration in Exercise Science: Sport Psychology. He also received his bachelor's degree from SCSU in 2004; majoring in Spanish with a minor in Athletic Training.
A one-time professional player, Rincon played with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer in 2000 before playing with the Connecticut Wolves of the United Soccer League later in the year. He has also played for the Beitar Beer-sheva of the Professional Second Division in Israel.
A native of Colombia, Rincon played on the National Team in 1993 for the U-17 Team. That year, he won the South American Cup and was selected as an all-tournament First Team member and played in the Japan Soccer World Cup. He also won back-to-back Division II National Championships in 1998 and 1999 at SCSU, the first time in school history, and won a Junior College National Championship at Mercer County Community College. In 1999, he was a First-Team All-American and a member of the All-New England First Team. During his senior season, Rincon was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl played in Miami, Fla. before being drafted by the Chicago Fire of the MLS.
A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 2005 and the United States Soccer Federeation for the past two years, Rincon recently received his USSF "C" License in June.
Bart-Williams has been coaching youth players across New England for the last two seasons. His latest coaching position was with the FSA SoccerPlus U-12 boys' teams and the SoccerPlus Reds in Farmington, Conn. since January of 2008.
Bart-Williams recently ended his tenure the Director of Coaching for the Northeast Region of the Universal Sports Group in Westerly, R.I., where he held the position for one year. During his time there he helped train professional coaches in methodologies to develop youth soccer players and new programs.
Bart-Williams has also worked with the Olympic Development Program in Farmington, Conn., since December 2007. Working as a youth trainer, he has developed curriculum and programs to aid in the preparation of both players and coaches for indoor and outdoor games. Prior to working with the ODP, he served as a youth trainer at the Major League Soccer Camps in Mystic, Conn., increasing player skills and teaching the philosophy of possession-style soccer.
A former professional player of 16 years, Bart-Williams played for some of the world's most elite soccer clubs during his career. Spending seven seasons with the Nottingham Forest Soccer Club, he scored 35 goals in 238 appearances. During the 1997-98 season, his club won the Division I Championship. The 1995-96 season saw Bart-Williams and his club reach the quarterfinals of both the FA Premier League and the UEFA Cup, two of the best divisions in the world of professional soccer. Named the captain of Nottingham in 1999, he went on to win the Top Scorer honor in 2001 and was named the Player of the Year for his division that season.
After leaving Nottingham in 2002, Bart-Williams went on to play for Charlron Athletic FC, Ipswich Town FC, APOEL FC in Cyprus and MARSAXLOKK FC in Malta. A four-time member of England's National Team, he won the Toulon Championship in France in 1998.
native of England, Bart-Williams now lives in Southbury, Conn. He's
received coaching certification in UEFA levels 1, 2 and 3.