Van Buskirk appointed as Managing Director of Training
December 22, 2016 (Edwardsville, Illinois) — John Van Buskirk will assume the duties of Managing Director of Player and Coach Development.
John joins Glen-Ed with a tremendous professional and youth background. His 20+ year career includes playing and coaching professionally internationally in the Bundesliga at KFC Uerdingen and Kickers Emden. He made a total of 273 professional Bundesliga football appearances and scored 68 goals. John played college soccer at Indiana University where his team was nationally ranked #1 and played in a national championship. Over the last several years he coached at both University of Missouri-St Louis and McKendree University. At Granite City High School, John was a standout where he won two state championships, selected to the All State IHSA team, Gatorade All American and team captain during his senior year.
Announcing the appointment, Chuck Hentz said, “John is quite simply one of the best coaches and players to come from the Metro East Area and we are quite lucky to have him join Glen-Ed Soccer. He has won trophies and instructed and mentored youth players to achieve their highest potential.”
John Van Buskirk said, “After coaching college for the past several years, I decided to return to club youth coaching and join Glen-Ed Soccer. My passion for mentoring and training youth athletes to achieve their best is what makes me the happiest.”