SYRACUSE, New York, Thursday, March 11: New York Rush today announced the merger between Syracuse Rush and West Sharks FC. West Sharks players and families will compete within the Syracuse Rush program.
"I am thrilled to finalize this agreement. At Syracuse Rush, we're always searching for hungry, enthusiastic, and positive coaches but more importantly, good people. We feel David and his staff tick all the necessary boxes as their care and support for their players and families is blatant for everyone to see," stated Luke O'Callaghan, Director of Coaching of Syracuse Rush. "This agreement not only allows players to continue their progression through the Rush program but gives us a great platform to coach, mentor, and develop every aspiring young player right here, at home, in Central New York."
West Sharks FC, founded by Dave and Jen Pawelczyk, began with just 13 players. With a focus on opportunities to play, fun, and player development, the organization experienced significant growth and will bring more than 175 boys and girls into the Rush Soccer organization.
"West Sharks FC is very excited for the merger with Syracuse Rush and eager to align ourselves with an organization that focuses on player development and enjoyment of the game," said David Pawelczyk, WSFC President. "The Rush mission aligns perfectly with the Sharks founding philosophy, soccer for everyone. We are excited for the opportunities that Rush can provide to help our players reach the next level."