Two Time NCSAA (All-East Region) Coach of the Year to lead Thunder Soccer Club
COLUMBIA, Md. - After 13 years at the helm of Thunder Soccer Club, Tony Corbett has resigned as the club’s Director. The club grew from 17 to more than 45 teams while Corbett was Director. “I wanted to cut back on the hours required to running a club and devote more time to coaching youth soccer.” Corbett will remain with the club as a coach.
Bulgarian Former Professional Soccer Player, Stefan Draganov, began as the club’s new Director of Coaching May 1, 2014. Draganov came to the United States having played over 350 professional matches and scoring over 120 goals in his native Bulgaria as well as in Hong Kong and Portugal.
Draganov joined Thunder in 2001, after the club, which began in 1991 with volunteer coaches, began attracting international and local professional coaches who brought unique experience and knowledge to the club.
In 2004 Draganov became the Men’s Head Coach of Howard Community College (HCC) and in 2010 advanced the team to the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) National Championship Tournament for the first time in the HCC men’s soccer history.
In 2010, Draganov also received both the Maryland JUCO Conference and NJCAA District “F” Coach of the Year awards and he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-East Region Coach of the Year.
Over the years Draganov has coached at all levels (professional, youth, college and amateur) in the United States and Europe.
At the youth level, Draganov has promoted over 25 Thunder teams in the National Capital Soccer League. His area of expertise is in rebuilding age groups and in taking teams from low divisions and bringing them to the top level.
Stefan says “I would like to thank Tony Corbett for the opportunity he gave me in 2001 to start coaching in Thunder SC, and I’m glad he will stay coaching in the Club. Tony is leaving a great legacy as the first Director of Coaching for Thunder Soccer Club and an excellent foundation for us to build on”
As to the challenge of leading a youth soccer club with 45 teams, Draganov says, “I’m excited to continue with my commitment to the club. I’m well aware that there are some challenges I’ll be having down the line, but I’m extremely motivated to continue with our progress as we strive to develop a premier, unique top soccer program.”