Charlotte, (N.C) - The Charlotte Independence announced Joel Tyson joining the club as the Goalkeeper Coach and Team Operations Director on Thursday. The Irmo, South Carolina, native previously filled goalkeeping coaching positions at Hofstra University, Wofford College, the Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy, and most recently at the University of Central Florida.
“I've always had the aspiration to get to the pro level and with the direction that the club has gone since they started, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up,” said Tyson.
Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries praised Tyson for his unwavering ambition to work hard, learn, and develop players.
“There are a few things that stand out about Joel that makes him an ideal fit for the Independence,” said Jeffries. “His ability with goalkeepers, that's number one. But his soccer-IQ and his attitude adds to the staff.”
“Coach Tyson has developed an excellent reputation as a goalkeeper coach,” said Charlotte Independence General Manager Tom Engstrom. “Joel is hungry to take the next step in his career and enter the professional coaching ranks.”
Coach Jeffries thinks Tyson will transition from the collegiate game to professional coaching well given his tenacity and positive attitude. The Coker College graduate says his coaching style is oriented towards listening.
“I'm real big into creating a dialogue instead of a monologue,” said Tyson. “My goal is giving [goalkeepers] confidence every day with what they doing, and trying to provide them with situations they're going to see in games.”
When it comes to Tyson’s fit within the club, he thinks coming to Charlotte was a no-brainer and is excited about his opportunity.
“I'm from the Carolinas and I see there's a great deal of passion for the game in this area,” said Tyson. “This organization has done a great job of growing the professional game. It should be fun to be a part of it.”