Tre Arhagba has been named Director of Goalkeeping; Matt Manning has been named Director of Recreational Soccer; and Jason Finley has been named U9-U12 Technical Director for Murfreesboro Soccer Club (MSC).
“Tre, Matt and Jason bring a wealth of soccer experience, enthusiasm and commitment to these three key positions for the Club,” said Bryan Kleparek, MSC President. “Having them on the field and working with our players full time is part of our continuing focus on making sure we are offering the best soccer experience for all of our players.”
Tre Arhagba, Director of Goalkeeping
Tre Arhagba joined Murfreesboro Soccer Club in 2013 as a staff coach, having worked as goalkeeper coach and junior varsity assistant coach at Chapel Hill High School, and a as head varsity coach at Mcdougle Middle School, Cresset Academy and Charlotte Prep School. Arhagba also worked as staff coach and club goalkeeper trainer at Durham/Chapel Hill Strikers, technical trainer for Euclid Youth Soccer and pro coach at Mentor Soccer Club, as well as a staff coach for Charlotte Soccer Academy. He’s also worked as a soccer camp director and ODP evaluator, and as keeper trainer for UNC Chapel Hill Women’s’ Club Team. In his current role, Arhagba oversees the club’s specialist goalkeeping curriculum, while coordinating with goalkeeper trainers and team coaches to ensure the club goalkeepers are continually developed. Arhagba has his USSF C License, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, FA Psychology Level 1 Award and FA Youth GK Training Master class.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing working with our players, parents and coaches.” Arhagba said. “We have a great group of keepers, and we’ll be looking to ensure we have the most capable net minders in the area.”
Matt Manning, Director of Recreational Soccer
Matt Manning is in his eighth year with MSC, having coached various age groups with the club, ranging from U8 to U18. In 2014, Manning’s 97 Boys Strikers team won a State Championship. Manning was also the head soccer coach for Oakland High School in 2016, where he was the District 7 Coach of the Year while leading the Oakland Patriots to their first Spring Fling appearance since 1999. Manning currently holds his NSCAA Advanced National license as well as his USSF National D license. Coach Manning is married to Kaylyn Finley, and has two daughters, Ashton and Lyla, who both participate in the recreational program.
“I’m excited to be in this position with Murfreesboro Soccer Club,” Manning said. “I look forward to helping the recreational program, its players, and volunteers grow the league and find ways to improve soccer in our community!”
Jason Finley, U9-U12 Technical Director
Jason Finley has coached with MSC for five years. Growing up in Kentucky, he played soccer until transferring to MTSU, where he graduated with honors. Finley began coaching soccer in Rutherford County in 2008, and also is currently the head coach of the Siegel High School varsity boys. Finley holds a USSF National C License as well as NSCAA Advanced National, Goalkeeping and High School Diplomas.Finley is married to Stephanie Finley, who teaches at Stewarts Creek Middle School. They have a son Max, age 17, and daughter Mia, age 11.
“It’s always rewarding to see a young player fall in love with the game,” said Finley. “The technical foundation is so important for a young person to unlock his or her potential in the future. I look forward to helping our Club continue to provide opportunities for each individual player achieve their next level of success.”
Approximately 230 youth soccer teams will arrive in Murfreesboro over the Labor Day weekend to play in the 5th Annual Tennessee Cup. This tournament will bring teams from across the region and across
the country to Rutherford County.
About Murfreesboro Soccer Club: The focus of the Murfreesboro Soccer Club (MSC), in existence as a non-profit organization since 1977, is the development of each individual player. MSC maximizes the development of the individual through programming that challenges each player, a coaching staff that adheres to the highest standards. MSC is resolute in dedicating its time and resources to the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of playing soccer.
MSC offers two primary programs: Recreational (ages 4 through 18), focusing on helping players learn the game of soccer in a fun and stimulating environment to be the best soccer players they can be; and Select (ages 8 through 18), focusing on helping players master higher level technical skills and fundamentals with a rigorous fall and spring schedule.
Our beliefs: The pursuit of excellence in the areas of academics and soccer helps develop maturity and self-confidence in young people. The experiences a player has with MSC will be beneficial throughout his or her lifetime.
Our approach and commitment the soccer community: The MSC staff and volunteers work hard to develop each and every player to his or her highest potential. This means that as players grow and learn new skills, they will have different opportunities to practice together, and play in games and tournaments. MSC constantly assesses each player’s skill levels and adjusts each player’s opportunities in an engaging, supportive, instructive environment.