The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce Chattanooga FC head coach Bill Elliott as the recipient of the Alexander Arellano Memorial Trophy. The award, given to the league’s top head coach, was voted on by NPSL teams throughout the country.
“I am humbled by the award. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by so many good people,” said Elliott. “I am extremely proud to accept the award on behalf of the entire CFC organization, the city of Chattanooga, and everyone associated with us.”
In just his third year with the club, Elliott has led the team to three consecutive Southeast Conference titles (2012-2014), a South Region Final (2013), a South Region Championship (2014) and two National Finals (2012, 2014). His record over three seasons is 30 wins, 6 losses, and 7 draws. This season he also led the club to its first U.S. Open Cup tournament win, which also happened to be the first time an NPSL team had defeated a professional team in the tournament in sixteen attempts.
“We’ve always known Bill was going to have success with Chattanooga FC,” said General Manager Sean McDaniel. “His ability to relate to the players and fans are wonderful traits and clearly give him the ability to reach the top of his profession. He absolutely deserves this award.”
The Alexander Arellano Memorial Trophy is an award with a very special meaning. Alex Arellano was a young man who touched the lives of many in the NPSL, so much that the league crafted an award in his memory. Alex, the middle son of Real San Jose owner Nick Arellano, passed away in 2012 at the age of 25.