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Dunedin Stirling Soccer Club -Our Kids, Our Club, Our City
FC Bayern Munich - North American Affiliate

Eddie Loewen

Director of Coaching

   A native of Lithuania, Loewen grew up in Germany and got his start as a player with youth clubs FC Preussen Espelkamp and SC Herford before starting his professional career with FC Remscheid in 1998. In 2000, Loewen headed to Berry College in Georgia, where he received a BA in Health & Physical Education.

 During this time he accepted an invitation to represent Germany in the 2000 International Beach Soccer Tournament, making this his first beach soccer appearance where he faced Eric Cantona and his French squad. In 2001 and 2004 he played in the Beach Soccer World Cup and continued as a player and Coach for the German National Team until 2009.In 2002, Loewen moved to the University of Akron, where he gained his first college coaching experience as Assistant Coach of the women’s soccer team while continuing studies towards Sport Science in the master’s program. He returned to the pro game in 2004, suiting up for the Cincinnati Riverhawks of the USL A-League before returning to Germany with DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the German 3rd professional Division (Regionalliga). He ended his outdoor playing career with BSV Rehden in 2008. In 2009, Loewen accepted the position as Associate Director of Coaching for Everton Florida in St. Petersburg where he remained for six years coaching and developing players, ranking in the top sixteen within Florida.

   Recently, he worked as Director of Beach Soccer for the USL, where his role involved expanding the marketing and sponsorship opportunities surrounding the MBS tournament series and growing the sport of beach soccer in the US. He attended FIFA’s first beach soccer instructor’s course in Zurich in 2007.

   He was appointed to co-author the FIFA Beach Soccer Coaching Manual, which is being used to introduce and develop beach soccer to FIFA’s member associations world-wide. Given his lengthy career and experience as a player and coach of both traditional (11v11) and beach soccer, Loewen was invited by CONCACAF (Confederation…) to form part of their Coaching Instructor Panel. He has and currently remains active conducting FIFA and CONCACAF coaching courses around the world.

   In 2012 Loewen formed GFL Soccer Enterprises in efforts to provide talented players with unique options and experiences. As CEO, his main objective is to identify elite players whom he can further coach and develop for collegiate and professional opportunities they may otherwise not have had. In the last two years 32 players tried out with professional clubs in Germany of which one, Steven Rudderham is signing with U19 Bundesliga Team FC Magdeburg. Other participating  players have been accepted to play collegiate soccer in the US.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

   It is the mission of the Dunedin Stirling Soccer Club, to provide a structured, educational youth soccer program, run by volunteers, for all participants up to the age of 19. It is our goal not only to teach the skills of the game in a fun, positive and safe environment, but also to instil the ideals of teamwork, sportsmanship and dedication.

Eddie Loewen actively retains the UEFA A-License.  This is internationally the highest license a coach can attain, short of the European Pro-License.