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Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy would like to thank Matt Williams for his outstanding coaching and commitment to our club and also wish him the best of luck in his new soccer endeavor with El Paso Locomotive of the USL Championship.

As I make the transition to El Paso, I want to thank everyone at the Armada for making me feel welcome and like family from the very beginning. The board, the coaches, and especially the players were all fantastic to work with.

In the office and on the field with Pat Cannon and Tommy Krizanovic every day trying to improve and grow the club will be one of the things I will miss the most. Those two, plus Leto, Vanya, Daryl, Sorge and now Elmar.. some great people to learn from and work with in the DA. It is a fantastic environment to work in if you want to be challenged on a daily basis. These guys are truly trying to do the right thing to create the best environment for the players in the northeast Florida area.
— Matt Williams

Matt made the 1,613-mile trek west to Texas, where he joined the professional team and youth side of El Paso Locomotive FC. Like many coaches, Williams’ passion for teaching the game came from his time playing the game. His collegiate career saw him begin his journey at the University of North Florida and wrap up his eligibility at University of West Florida in Pensacola. He knew he had another level of playing within him and had stints in the USL in Maryland and in New Zealand where he wore the black and yellow of Team Wellington.

He caught the bug and the world of coaching full-time opened in front of him. Not many people are fortunate to find something they love and turn it into a career but talking with Williams you can see the passion that rings throughout the Locomotive camp. “It’s all process oriented. Focus on the process and everything else will follow. As I coach, that’s what I have really worked on myself. Getting organized and making sure that I’m doing the best I can. Always reflecting and seeing how I can improve,” states Williams who would go on to receive his US Soccer ‘A’ License – one of the top coaching licenses in this country. Williams’ role with the Locomotive pro team is that of assistant coach with a focus on video analysis for players during training and matches. In El Paso he is also returning to his Jacksonville roots and playing a key role in the youth development aspect; already assisting with all aspects of developing the Locomotive FC Youth Soccer Club and the Locomotive U-17 Select Squad.

Getting his feet wet with the Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy system, Williams is prepared to make his impact felt on the senior and youth coaching unit in El Paso immediately.

I’m very excited for Matt and this opportunity he has to continue to challenge himself at the professional level. As a club we pride ourselves in our player development model, but we also have a great environment to improve and develop our coaching staff. Matt was nothing short of a true professional during his time at Armada and we wish him nothing but the best at El Paso!
— Pat Cannon, JAFCYA Boy's DA Director