Columbia, SC – South Carolina United FC has hired Lee Morris to fill its newly created Director of Player Development position. Morris, age 35, played professionally for 16 years in England including time in the English Premier League with Sheffield United, Leicester City and Derby County.
A member of England’s U18 and U21 National teams in his youth and a holder of UEFA A, B and C licenses, prior to arriving in Columbia, Morris served as a head coach in the Derby County FC Academy and as manager of Loughborough Dynamo’s semi-professional men’s team in Yorkshire, England. In his capacity as Director of Player Development with South Carolina United, on the youth side, Morris will serve the club as Director of Recreational Coaching, Community Soccer Officer and as a Jr. Academy and Select Trainer. For its U23 PDL SC United Bantams’ program, Morris will serve as General Manager.
“We are extremely pleased that Lee is joining our already talented staff.” says Ron Tryon, Club CEO. “Lee’s personality, his playing experiences and his expertise in developing youth will prove beneficial for players and coaches across all levels of play in our club.”
From Morris’ perspective, he is equally delighted to be a part of South Carolina’s largest youth soccer club. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be here and I look forward to meeting and working with all of the club’s players and parents in the days, weeks and months ahead.” Morris’ start-date with the club is February 1.
About South Carolina United FC: Columbia United FC d/b/a South Carolina United FC is a not-for-profit youth soccer organization headquartered in Columbia, SC whose mission is to provide all youth an opportunity to participate in youth soccer at a level commensurate with their individual abilities and desires regardless of their race, religion, gender, nationality or socio-economic status so as to provide each a positive environment for growth, cultural understanding and lasting friendships through the beautiful game of youth soccer. For more information, go to www.SouthCarolinaUnitedFC.com