FORT WORTH _ Nick Stavrou, a Dallas Sidekicks icon, will guide the Vaqueros for the 2017 season.
Stavrou won three national championships, scored 242 goals, added 197 assists and appeared in 381 matches during his storied playing career.
On the coaching side, Stavrou served as an assistant with the Sidekicks and at Texas Woman’s University. Additionally, he has coached locally for 23 years on the elite level with powerhouse clubs Dallas Solar and the Dallas Texans.
“I would firstly like to thank Michael (Hitchcock), Brian (Miller) and Tobias (Lopez) for affording me the opportunity to lead the Vaqueros for this upcoming season,” Stavrou said. “I plan to repay their faith in me by giving my all towards helping the team be successful and to making our passionate fan base proud of their team. I am excited about the challenge ahead and plan to use all my soccer experiences and contacts to build upon the positives the Vaqueros organization have already achieved over the last three years.”
Born in Worthing, England, Stavrou, 47, earned All American honors at Cleveland State University before he played for the Sidekicks from 1991-2004 and 2012-2014.
During his coaching tenure, his teams have won State Cup 4 times, Southern Regionals twice and appeared at the national tournament two times. He’s developed more than 200 players that have continued their careers in college.
Stavrou coached against the Vaqueros last season when the Sidekicks filled in as a last second replacement during fan appreciation night.
Vaqueros general manager Tobias Xavier Lopez said Stavrou’s willingness to help out at the last minute proved his character and dedication to the soccer community as a whole.
Lopez said the coaching search included former Major League Soccer players, international candidates, coaches from throughout the United States and more than expected local candidates.
“Stavrou’s stellar reputation in the local soccer community peaked our interest,” Lopez said. “His knowledge of local players, his demeanor and his enthusiasm for the Vaqueros Family ultimately made him the perfect candidate.”
Former Vaqueros coach Mark Snell guided the NPSL club for the first three seasons. Lopez said the plan when the club launched in 2014 was always for Snell to transition into the role of Director of the Vaqueros youth academy. The Vaqueros are on the verge of establishing a 501(c)3 non-profit youth club, which is expected to launch this summer.
Fort Worth begins its fourth NPSL season on May 13 with a home match against Tyler FC in Texas Conference play.