Club expands full-time staff to support Academy growth plan

Pittsburgh – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have agreed to employment terms with Amy Wisniowski to immediately take the position of Director of Academy Communications for The Riverhounds Academy. The decision by the Club to expand front office staffing comes from an overall need to support its continued growth and from recent meetings amongst ownership and management in Kansas City, where the Riverhounds made significant decisions regarding the future development of their overall structure and direction, as it pertains to reaching top echelons of the game at both the youth and professional ranks.

Wisniowski comes to the Riverhounds with excellent experience in terms of customer service and account management. A communications major from LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, Wisniowski has been involved in the game of soccer since childhood, in both playing and coaching capacities.  She currently serves as the head coach of the Chartiers Valley Middle School Girl’s Blue Team as well as conducts a strength and speed program for the Chartiers Valley Girls Varsity Soccer Team.  Recently, Wisniowski has turned her attention to the world of health and fitness, with a keen interest in mixing two of her passions:  soccer and fitness. 

“We are extremely excited to add Amy to our Academy staff,” said Director of Academy Operations, Scott Gibson.  “This will help us elevate our Academy program even further, aligning ourselves with benchmark programs within the US and beyond.”

Wisniowski will be responsible for managing communications with a network of over 2,500 soccer families, annually, through the entire body of Riverhounds youth programming, including summer camps, clinics, individual and small group training sessions, and The Riverhounds Academy. In addition, she will also play a key role within the Club’s unmatched strength and speed program.    

The decision to bring on a dedicated Director of Academy Communications lends itself directly to the Riverhounds ambition to eventually have its Academy program represented within the most elite youth soccer entities in the country.

As the Riverhounds plan to launch new locations for its Academy as early as this November, the need for additional support through full-time staffing was clear to the Club’s management.

“We recognize the importance of customer service and understand that effective and efficient communication is oftentimes the biggest factor in customer service,” commented Jason Kutney. 

The Riverhounds, who unveiled details of their club partnership with Century United Soccer Club earlier this year, will soon be conducting evaluation sessions for new players looking to enter their training program for the upcoming 2013-14 winter session.  With record registration numbers already pouring in, the Club is extremely excited to welcome new entrants into its elite training family.  Information about registration for the upcoming evaluation sessions is now available online at riverhounds.com. 

With interest in the program skyrocketing over the past several months, Kutney and Club management are excited to open significant initiatives, including the launch of a new Academy satellite site in Connellsville, Pa that will kick off this November. 

According to Kutney, the new Academy site will extend the Riverhounds training systems to areas, which have been, previously, too far removed from their Pittsburgh location.

“We have added staffing and facilities in order to deliver our brand of training and development to families who have expressed great interest but have not been able to manage the commute to and from Pittsburgh on a weekly basis,” said Kutney.  “This program will be first-class.”