Driver Wins USASA Region 1 Coach of the Year

Atlantic Soccer Factory (ASF) is proud to announce Matt Driver’s selection as United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) Coach of the Year for Region 1. Driver was selected from a pool of thousands of coaches in Region 1 and is a finalist for National Coach of the Year.

“It’s an amazing honor to have been chosen by my peers to represent Region 1 as the Coach of the Year,” said Driver. “This was completely unexpected and to be included with the other three National Coach of the Year finalists from across the country is absolutely thrilling.”

Driver played a vital role in all levels of soccer in America this year. He launched the Philadelphia Fever brand in the new Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite League which replaced Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) as the highest level of women’s soccer in America after WPS decided to cancel their 2012 season.

On the men’s side, Driver re-launched the iconic Philadelphia Fury brand. Once a member of the North American Soccer League (NASL), the Fury made its return to American soccer by winning US Club Soccer’s National Adult League (NAL) Men’s Open Premier Division.

In addition to owning the Fever and Fury, Driver also works closely with the National Premier Soccer League. He is the league’s Technical Director and owns and coaches the AC Crusaders of the Northeast Conference’s Keystone Division.

Driver works closely with USASA to promote the organization and its players on a national scale. He was chosen to coach the Region 1 All-Stars along with Aleks Mihailovic as they played a series of exhibition games including a friendly with the NPSL Northeast Conference All-Star Team.

Driver also spends a lot of time coaching at the youth levels. He coaches several teams in South Jersey and helped raise over $1 million worth of athletic scholarships in 2012 alone. His U-18 Marlton Red Lightning team won the 2012 New Jersey Youth Soccer Association (NJYSA) state cup and was a finalist in the NJ US Soccer state cup. The Red Lightning went on to win the 2012 USYSA Regionals and was a National Semi-Finalist.

In addition to the U-18s, Driver also led the Washington Twp United U-15 Lightning to USYSA NJ State and Region 1 Championships. The Lightning was also a State Finalist for US Club Soccer.

Driver currently resides in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ with his wife Karen. He is in the business of developing soccer players through ASF’s vertically-integrated player development program which allows players to grow and improve their skills through weekly team and individual training sessions as well as summer camps and winter indoor programs.

This system is designed to develop players from an early age and then provide them opportunities to play soccer at the collegiate levels and beyond.