Richard Todd was elected president of the Bermuda Football Coaches Association during their annual meeting on Tuesday night at the National Sports Centre Pavilion.
Todd replaces Scott Morton who gave notice prior to the AGM that he would not be seeking re-election, as did vice-president Derek Stapley and secretary Germany Bothelho.
Morton, the PHC Zebras coach, and Stapley were open to continuing to serve as executive members to ensure continuity of the organisation and support for the new leadership to achieve the targets in the strategic plan.
The trio had served in their executive roles since the formation of the BFCA in 2013.
Todd was the sole nomination for the presidency. Maceo Dill and Scott Morton challenged for the position of vice-president, which was vacated by Stapley, with Dill voted in by a majority vote from the members.
Khomeni Talbot was the sole nomination for the secretary. Darran Reitze was returned unopposed to the position of treasurer.
Three new executive members were also voted in after Vinzie Zuill, Aaron Lugo and Malcolm Mosley declined to seek re-election. As a result Stapley, Morton, Andrew Bascome, Dennis Brown and Larry Smith were confirmed as executive members.
In his president’s report, Morton highlighted the achievements of the association over the past four years and the progress made on accomplishing objectives of the strategic plan.
To date the BFCA has conducted five courses since inheriting the C licence and Uefa B licence courses from ABC Football Foundation, with a total of 120 coaches passing.
There are presently 24 coaches who have attained the Uefa B licence, helping to raise the standard of coaching on the island throughout the clubs.
Said the BFCA: “The relationships with Uefa coaching educator Jacques Crevoisier and the Scottish FA continue to strengthen and will provide more opportunities for coach education and programme development to benefit the BFCA members in the future.
“The partnership with the Bermuda Football Association has provided support for coaches enrolling in the Uefa B licence and aided the BFCA with the delivery of the C licence courses on island.”
Todd has urged the new officers to be ready to build upon the foundations already laid. He expressed a desire to see courses expanded to include the introduction to coaching, goalkeeper coaching exploring the option for a Uefa A licence, establish a director of coaching diploma, as well as special topics presentations.
Dill spoke of his desire to unify the coaching fraternity and increase opportunities for more coaches to develop into roles that will aid clubs in building stronger programmes.
The BFCA will offer the next C licence and Uefa B licence for qualified coaches next year. The C licence course will be held from March 6 to 13, and the Uefa B will run from February 19 to 26 and September 11 to 17, with sessions held on island.
The candidates will travel to Scotland for assessment from October 9 to 13.
Coaches interested in enrolling in BFCA coaching courses or becoming a member can visit www.BFCA.BM for more information.