Sting PA Announces New Leadership Team!

The Sting Soccer Organization is pleased to announce some changes to the leadership staff in the Sting Pennsylvania Division. Eric Difulvio, former Program Director for the division will move into an advisory role on the divisional advisory board as a work promotion, new business, and family commitments will require his full-time attention. Given this change, the organization is looking to implement a long-term solution that combines the strengths of a team with diverse and experienced backgrounds. We look forward to seeing what this talented group can accomplish to grow and build the Sting PA Division.

Ray Canevari will take on the role of Program Director for Division. His position includes administrative duties, program planning and implementation, team and divisional development, and staff oversight and collaboration. Ray has over 30-years of coaching experience and holds a USSF "C" National License. He has found success on the field for many young players at the individual level and as teams. During his time in California, Ray headed up a 15U Girls team that posted a 108-19-13 record over the course of three years; were State Cup finalists, and were ranked number 1 in Northern California, and 27th in the nation. Ray has also coached in Texas, where his team was ranked number 3 in the state. From 2007 until 2011, Ray was the Girls Director of Coaching for Texas Blitz Soccer Club in Dallas, Texas. He has filled the role of staff coach, and director of different clubs in the Lehigh Valley area, and most recently with Sting for the past two years. With his knowledge of the area, but also a broader perspective of soccer development across the country, Ray will be invaluable in helping the division develop and grow.

Darien Vercillo will work closely with Ian Larimer as Co-Director of Coaching for Sting PA. Her position will include program planning and implementation, team and divisional development, the goalkeeping program, and staff oversight and collaboration. Darien is currently in her tenth year as a Coach and spent her youth career playing for a top-ranked, nationally recognized organization, Slammers FC out of Newport, California. She played as a goalkeeper at the University of South Carolina and began coaching soon after at Heathwood Hall High school, leading her team to a State Title win. She has since created her own Goalkeeping platform and has been Moravian Academy’s girls’ soccer head coach for five seasons. As the Head Coach, Vercillo has won two back to back District Titles, making it the first and only titles Moravian Academy holds. Coach Vercillo continues to educate herself, obtaining a Bachelor′s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s degree in School Counseling from St. Bonaventure. The Sting Organization is certain she will be instrumental in building an impactful and transformative soccer culture in the Lehigh Valley.

Ian Larimer will work closely with Darien and Ray as Co-Director of Coaching for the Division. He is a product of Lehigh Valley Soccer and graduated from Moravian College in 2017 with a Degree in Sports Management. While at Moravian, Larimer was appointed Head Boys Coach of Liberty High School. Since then, he was named the 2019 Eastern Pennsylvania Boys Soccer Coach of the Year and holds an overall record of 47-12-5. Along with Liberty High School, Larimer spent the past four years with Lehigh Valley United as a Head Coach—working with the 2010 & 2003 Boys, 2007 Girls, and the Winter Futsal program. Ian is passionate about the game, and when he is not coaching soccer, he is watching it. He is a student of the game, holding over 10 United Soccer Coaches Association diplomas amongst several other credentials.

Ray, Darien, and Ian will work closely as a leadership team and will become the foundation on which the Sting Pennsylvania division will thrive and grow. With a player’s first mentality, the leadership team is passionate about developing young soccer players and teams to their highest potential. Sting Soccer Organization would like to acknowledge and recognize the efforts and dedication of Eric Difulvio and wishes him well as he focuses on other endeavors while coaching teams within the Sting Pennsylvania Division. The Sting Pennsylvania coaching staff has tremendous talent, knowledge, and passion within the leadership team, and staff coaches Ryan Brazuk, Eric Difulvio, Evie Manning, and AJ Schroettner. This dedicated staff, coupled with Sting’s nationally recognized programming and infrastructure, creates a full circle and unparalleled soccer solution for players in the Lehigh Valley Area.

About Sting Soccer Organization:

Sting Soccer Club was founded in 1973 in Richardson, Texas. It was the first and therefore oldest all-female soccer club in the U.S.. Sting has also enjoyed tremendous success over the years, winning 12 USYS National Championships, 2 ECNL National Championships, and one Overall Club ECNL National Championship. Sting has grown dramatically over the years into a professionally managed soccer club with a history of success on the field and off. Sting launched its boy’s division in 2009 under the name Titans Futbol Club. Titans has exploded on the boys’ soccer scene and has flourished in terms of both growth and the success of the players and teams. Titans was recently rebranded as Sting as both the boys and girls shared the same goals, shared the same vision, and now share the same name. Sting is guided by its mission, “The Education of Life through Soccer” and aims to develop young soccer players that will excel well beyond their soccer years.

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