One week after their separation with former head coach George Moni, Grand Rapids Futbol Club is still searching for the next “Boss of the Boys” for the 2018 season. GRFC hopes to name a new head coach in the next few weeks.
After leading GRFC to the Great Lakes West Conference title in 2016 and the first ever playoff win in club history, Moni will not be offered a contract for the 2018 season.
Moni led the team to a record of 26 wins, 13 losses and 11 draws in his three years at the helm. He will stay entrenched in his role as Director of Player Development for Midwest United.
Matt Roberts, Founder and President of GRFC, on the move:
“We want to thank George for his hard work during these first three seasons. We have nothing but respect for George as a coach and a person but at this point feel that a change is needed to push our club forward towards our ultimate goal of winning the National Premier Soccer League. We will continue to aid George in his pursuits of developing the next generation of soccer players at the youth level and wish him nothing but success in the future.”
Moni grew up in Albania and attended Lori Borici Academy High School of Soccer. He studied at the University of Tirana Albania, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health and specializing in Soccer Coaching.
He played professionally in Albania from 1984-95 and appeared in matches with the Albanian National Team at the U18 and U21 level.
George’s coaching experience began in Albania in the professional ranks before moving to Michigan in 1996. Since then, George has gained experience with various top clubs around the State and also owned and ran Stingers SC until 2007 when he merged the club to become GR Crew Juniors. George has won many league and tournament titles and a Junior State Cup. He has also worked as an ODP head coach and assistant coach at Davenport University where he led the program to their first WHAC Conference title.