It is with sadness and gratitude that we announce the forthcoming departure of Executive Director, Laura Halfpenny. Laura joined Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) in 2012 when Orlando City SC and OCYS began its affiliation and has served as Junior Girls Director of Coaching, General Manager and most recently Executive Director.
“I am full of gratitude for the opportunity given to me as Orlando City SC began with great plans of building a club. We succeeded in many ways to develop a high level professional Youth club that serves our community and has afforded opportunity to young players to learn to play the game and pursue their dreams. Nothing pleases me more to see the impact of our coaches and staff as I watch young children fall in love with the game, make lifelong friends and support our hometown pro teams. We have literally built a club unlike any other in Central Florida giving opportunity to young players through our affiliation with Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride. It is a bittersweet moment for me and I shall miss working with a tremendous group of staff, coaches and our Board of Directors - they are the unsung heroes of this youth soccer club. There are some exciting projects on the horizon for OCYS and it is in good hands” said Halfpenny.
Beginning August 3rd, 2020 Paul Shaw, Technical Director will assume the role of Interim Director as the Board of Directors and search committee begin its search for OCYS’ next Executive Director.