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Wilde Steps Down As Lynx Coach


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The Toronto Lynx Premier Soccer Academy will be expanding its program in 2004-05 to enhance female elite development as a result of launching the Toronto Lady Lynx in the 36-team W-League in 2005. The Lynx currently field teams in the boys SYL which will also be expanded to include boys U18's next season. In consultation with the Ontario Soccer Association the Club is looking towards providing similar opportunities for gifted female athletes. The club has applied to field girls SYL U15-U19 teams which is being considered at the next OSA Board of Directors meeting in November.

As a result, Duncan Wilde, the Academy Director, will not return as head coach of the Toronto Lynx A-league men's team in 2005 so that he can focus his energies on the Academy and the expanding program. Wilde states, "I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of coaching the Toronto Lynx A-League Club this past season but with the growth of the Toronto Lynx Premier Soccer Academy and our youth programs, my time would be really stretched to cover the Academy, the Junior programs and the First team. I intend to continue to work closely with both the men's and women's head coach to provide greater mentorship for our Junior teams and look forward to continuing to grow the Academy and Toronto Lynx Juniors in the future."

It was Wilde's tremendous talent and energy that brought great success to the Lynx Academy programs and the boys Toronto Lynx Junior teams U15, U16, U17 and U19 this past season. Nicole Hartrell, the Chief Operating Officer and owner of the Lynx, underscores, "It's important during our formative years to have strong leadership to oversee the Academy and the Junior teams. We really appreciate having an energetic seasoned professional like Duncan to drive the Academy and Toronto Lynx Junior teams. Our young players will have the guidance of top notch coaches, mentorship by our Toronto Lynx and Lady Lynx players, in addition to more competitive play in a greater geographic setting." The League office is in the process of determining the conferences and alignments for next season which will be detailed over the next few weeks.

The SYL is an elite North American youth soccer league under the United Soccer Leagues which is sanctioned by the Olympic Development Program of the United States Soccer Federation serving to identify players for National and Professional play. The new Super Y-League structure for 2005 includes a Premier Division, First Division and Second Division with a promotional and relegation system between the divisions. The top 60-72 teams per age group in the United States and Canada will be competing in the Premier Division.

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