Akron City FC is proud to announce that Andy Hoggarth has been hired as the club’s head coach.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Andy’s pedigree leading the team this year,” Akron City FC owner Nick Turchan said. “As we continue to build a professional environment for our players during the summer season, Andy checked all of the boxes we were looking for in a head coach. He is also extremely committed to our vision of building a team and organization the Akron community can be proud of.”
Hoggarth has been the head coach at Walsh University for seven seasons and has continued to show progression from year to year, with the team reaching 11th in the nation during the 2022 season.
“I’m really looking forward to coaching again in the NPSL and continuing the growth of Akron City FC,” Hoggarth said. “The ownership, organization, and fan base are first class, and I am proud to have been chosen as their next head coach.”
He was formerly the head coach at Slippery Rock University for 2014 and 2015. While at Slippery Rock, he guided his team to a 25-13 record over two years. After an 11-7 record in 2014, the Rock went 14-6, defeated two teams ranked in the top 25, won its final five games, and won the PSAC tournament championship. Before making his way to Slippery Rock, Hoggarth was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Akron’s women’s soccer program.
Hoggarth has also served as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at Thiel College in Pennsylvania. While at Thiel, Hoggarth increased the roster size of both programs as he took the men’s team from 12 to 30 players and the women’s team from nine to more than 30. He also increased the winning percentage, GPA, and retention of players at both programs. He also spent time as the associate head coach at Shenandoah University in Virginia.
Outside of the college ranks, Hoggarth also served as the head coach for NPSL side AFC Cleveland where he led his team to a conference championship and won the Rust Belt Trophy.
Prior to moving to the United States, Hoggarth successfully completed an exercise science degree at Northumbria University in Newcastle and enjoyed a successful semi-professional career with the likes of Whitley Bay FC, Crook Town FC, and Easington Colliery FC. Hoggarth also worked at Middlesbrough Football Club, coaching in the community and delivering health and fitness programs.