With the USL offseason in full swing, the Oklahoma City Energy FC have already begun preparing for the 2017 season.
The transition for the upcoming year began in early September when the Energy added Brian Lowe as Vice President of Ticket Sales and Scott Rezendes as Technical Director. These moves resulted in a change of position for Jason Hawkins, who now serves as the Executive Director of Community Development.
Although the change in management seems small, the addition of two well-trained employees to the club will impact OKC positively. Rezendes was a former Sporting Kansas City scout and Wilmington Hammerheads general manager who will be responsible for the technical administration and operation of the Energy FC. Lowe was a former Director of Ticket Sales for the Memphis Grizzles, so it is safe to say he knows what he is doing.
Energy FC President Jeff Ewing commented on the personnel change, stating that he is eager to hear new and fresh perspectives.
"We are excited about how our club continues to grow and evolve," said Ewing. "As organizations evolve, having teammates with a fresh perspective serves as a catalyst for improved relationships, ideas, and execution of strategic initiatives. I'm confident Jason, Scott and Brian will help us continue to grow our club, engage our fan base, and accomplish the long-term goals of our ownership group."
These personnel changes may not be the most exciting, but they will surely move the OKC Energy in the right direction.
On top of September’s changes, the OKC Energy has made a few changes in the early weeks of the offseason.
Nine players’ contracts from the 2016 roster have expired. Michael Byskov, Jose Cuevas, Sebastian Dalgaard, Devante Dubose, Tim Janssen, Linus Olsson, Jordan Rideout, Michael Thomas and Peter Toth have all become free agents and may negotiate terms with any club.
Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen commented on the decision, giving a brief appreciation for the player’s efforts.
“We thank all these players for their contributions to Energy FC and being great citizens of Oklahoma City. “We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
Apart from contract expirations, the Energy have extended three contracts: Kyle Hyland, Danni Konig, and Coady Andrews.
The three first-team stars will return for the 2017 USL season, helping keep a firm foundation for the upcoming year.
Make sure to keep an eye on BigDSoccer for future Energy FC roster moves.