January 11, 2016
ADDING A WOMEN'S TEAM
Nor'Easters join EDP U23 league
OCEAN CITY, NJ--- The Ocean City Nor’easters are adding a women's team that will compete in the Eastern Development Program U23 Women’s Premier League beginning in the summer of 2016.
Bill O’Neill, currently the head coach at Bryn Athyn College near Philadelphia has been named the head coach of the new women's team..
O'Neill started all four years as a player at Rowan University and was the team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He captained Rowan to the NCAA Division III national championship in 1990 and went on to play professionally for the USL’s Philadelphia Freedom.
"As a franchise, the Nor'easters have been one of the top men's amateur teams in North America and have provided the opportunity for male players to reach the highest levels of the game,” said Ocean City general manager, Kevin Nuss. “Now, with the success of the US Women's National Team, the growth of the National Women's Soccer League and the abundance of talented female players in the state of New Jersey, it only made sense that we offer the community the highest level of women's amateur soccer and help elevate female players to the professional game.”
The format for the 2016 season of the EDP u23 Women’s Premier League is being finalized and will be announced in the coming months. The 2015 season featured the area's top teams like the FC Copa, TSF Academy Manhattan Pride, Jersey United and the league champion New Jersey Wildcats.
The Nor’easters Women will train and play their home games in Ocean City, NJ. Training for the upcoming season is scheduled to begin on May 13 with an eight-game regular season schedule concluding in August. Tryouts will take place in March, with more details to announced in the coming weeks.