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March 9, 2014

Reitnour returns as King's Warriors coach

BLUEFIELD — Scott Reitnour will return as head coach of the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors for the 2014 season, the soccer club announced on Saturday.

The longtime and very successful head hoach of Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C., Reitnour will continue the building of the King’s Warriors which began in the team’s inaugural 2012 season.

The team, a member of the United Soccer League Premier Development League, will play its home games this season at East River Soccer Complex near Bluefield.

Reitnour has gone 8-20-2 in his first two seasons with Southern West Virginia, and looks for the King’s Warriors to take a big step up on the pitch this season.

The King’s Warriors under Scott’s guidance also captured the West Virginia “Coal Cup Clash” trophy in 2013 by winning the season series against their in-state rivals, the West Virginia Chaos.

“We’re delighted that Scott will continue to build the King’s Warriors into a USL Premier Develop-ment League South Atlantic Division contender,” said Dr. James Blume Jr., the President and Founder of the King’s Warriors’ ownership group, the Nehemiah Group.

“It’s difficult to start a team from scratch like we did two seasons ago, and Scott has been diligent in his recruiting while continuing to make contacts for us in the global soccer community.

“Most importantly, I’m excited that Scott will also continue his excellent job of discipling and mentoring the young players under his watch who come to Southern West Virginia each spring and summer, and continue to intensely involve them in the community.”

Reitnour said, “I am thrilled to return to the King’s Warriors for a third straight season and thankful to Dr. Blume and the organization for the opportunity.

“With our soccer culture of servant-leadership firmly established, our returning players and coaches are going to focus on loving each other and sharing a message of hope with the Southern Western Virginia community. We are also confident we will see results on and off of the field in year three.”

During Reitnour’s 11-year coaching career at Wesleyan, the Trojans have captured six Pied-mont Athletic Conference of Independent Schools Conference Titles, enjoyed five State Finals appearances, and won three PACIS State Champion-ships, (2005, 2011 & 2012) while posting an outstanding 174-47-26 record.

This past season Scott led the Trojans to a 18-4-3 record. He took Wesleyan Christian Academy to the North Carolina Independent Schools state semifinals before losing to the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers 1-0.

Reitnour’s career record in 13 seasons in the high-school game is 253-74-29 (boys), 60-18-7 (girls), and 313-92-36 overall.

In 2011 and 2012 the “Men of Troy” captured the 3A North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association State Title — the academy’s 11th and 12th state championships.

Tickets for the King’s Warriors’ 2014 season will go on sale shortly, and will be priced as low as $5.

Numerous corporate sponsorship vehicles are still available for the team’s 2014 season and beyond. Potential corporate and business partners may call Michael Mara at 304-466-9080.

Those interested in volunteering for the King’s Warriors this season may call Joshua Shimmel at the same number.

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