Milton, ON – Mustang Soccer Inc (MSI) is pleased to announce Ian McClurg as their new Director of High Performance effective May 1st, 2017.
“We are both delighted and excited to have Ian join the Mustang Soccer family in this capacity,” stated Omar Jbaihi, Technical Director of MSI. “Ian is held in high regard and widely respected within the soccer community. His experience in working with elite players in the past, along with his tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the game, make him the ideal candidate to lead our high performance player and coaching development initiatives.”
Ian was raised in Northern Ireland and immigrated to Canada in 1981. In 2000, he founded 1v1 Soccer FC and was motivated by the desire to provide young North American players with the same development experiences provided by leading soccer nations. Several 1v1 Soccer FC players have attracted the interest of European clubs, signed for the Toronto FC academy program and went on to play for the Ontario provincial and Canadian national team programs.
Ian has earned his UEFA A license and Canadian and US B licenses, and has successfully worked with six players from the Canadian Men’s national team program, as well as seven players who went on to play for our Woman’s national team program. In addition to his role with 1v1 Soccer, Ian is also a coach and scout for the Wolverhampton Wanderers North American academy. Presently, he is pursing a Masters Degree in Performance Coaching at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside Omar and his team in improving the performance levels of all the young players within the Mustang Soccer program”, stated Ian. “This is a good fit for 1v1 Soccer FC, as we are now focusing on the U8-U12 age-groups, and Mustang Soccer is the next step in the pyramid for the young players that we are working with. Our philosophy is aligned, and this is another example of what is possible with positive collaboration within the Canadian soccer community – to enhance the pathway opportunities available to young Canadian players.”