The Ballistic United Soccer Club is thrilled to announce the addition of versatile youth soccer coach Ben Simon to the already talent-laden Ballistic coaching staff.
Simon, the son of former Stanford coach Bret Simon, is the new coach for the Under-16 Premier team, as well as the Under-9 Premier team. Finally, Simon will also work in the sports performance department for the club’s MLS Next teams.
Simon’s initiative in approaching the club was big in terms of him joining the staff.
“We are excited that Ben reached out to us and showed a big desire to be a part of our club,” said Ballistic Technical Director Kevin Crow. “The combination of his natural leadership, playing background, and sports performance certification make Ben a perfect fit for our club.”
The legacy of BUSC and the direction of the club were major factors for Simon wanting to come aboard.
“Ballistic is a historic Bay Area club held together firmly by a strong community of players, families, coaches and administrators,” said Simon. “I chose to come to Ballistic because its tightly-knit community and high-level coaching staff and organization represent the best of club soccer in our country.”
Simon has mastered the act of multiple responsibilities. Before coming to Ballistic head was simultaneously working as the Director of Business Development and head trainer for Mogility Soccer in San Mateo, the Director of PURE Performance, and was the head coach for the Alpine Strikers’ Under-15 and Under-13 boys’ teams.
Simon played collegiately for Occidental College, where he was an all-conference selection and was the team captain. He also graduated from the school with a B.A. degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs, Spanish Studies, finishing with a 3.7 GPA, spending four years on the Dean’s list.
He spent a season with the Burlingame Dragons in the USL-PDL and was part of the first and only Dragons team to win a Lamar Hunt Open Cup game.
As Simon looked at Ballistic as a whole, he knew he wanted to be part of the club moving forward.
“While Ballistic consistently develops some of the country’s top players and utilizes cutting-edge programs and methodologies, the club is also aiming to better its community through the sport,” said Simon. “I am grateful to contribute to Ballistic’s mission as an organization and am looking forward to working with such a devoted group of players.”