BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Birmingham Hammers are pleased to announce the finalized coaching staff for the 2017 season. Head Coach Wulf Koch has added three experienced assistant coaches to the roster
AJ Robles, Goalkeeping Coach - AJ is currently the Director of Goalkeeping for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club. He previously served as a volunteer assistant for the UAB Men’s team and the University of Arizona Women’s team. AJ was born in Tucson, Arizona where he played for the Tucson Soccer Academy before playing collegiately for Pima CC and UAB. While at UAB, AJ earned All-Conference USA honors and compiled 24 wins, 12 shutouts and 218 saves.
Chris Blight, Assistant Coach - Chris is currently the Head Coach for the Varsity Women’s soccer team at Oak Mountain High School and is a part of the coaching staff at Birmingham United Soccer Association. Chris previously served as the Varsity Women’s coach for Auburn High School, where he led the Lady Tigers to a combined record of 69-8-6. Chris also spent 2 years as an Assistant Men’s coach at Auburn University at Montgomery. Chris played collegiately at Huntington College and Auburn University of Montgomery.
Jeremy McLane, Assistant Coach - Jeremy is currently the Director of Coaching for Trussville United Soccer Club. From 2013-2015, he served as Director of Soccer Operations for the UAB Men’s soccer program and was part of the inaugural Hammers squad in 2014. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and played for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and John Carroll Catholic High School where he was a 2-time All-State player. He played collegiately for UAB from 2003-2006.
The entire coaching staff is excited to start the 2017 campaign. Please welcome our new coaches to the Hammers family. Tryouts will be held in Birmingham and Montgomery this weekend, Jan. 14th and 15th.