Q: Why are Kopion FC and Wheaton Wings SC combining?
A: Kopion FC and Wheaton Wings SC are joining forces to create a more comprehensive club that will further advance the goals and overall experiences of our players. With the full support of the Wheaton Park District, we are creating a new club called Wheaton United SC. We believe uniting our efforts and resources will provide the best possible soccer experience for our players and community. As a singular club, Wheaton United SC will be a stronger organization, better positioned to serve our players from beginning levels all the way through their high school years.
Q: How will Wheaton United SC improve the playing experience and benefit the players from each club?
A: There are endless possibilities for Wheaton United SC:
- Player Opportunities: The driving force behind this joint effort lies in the opportunity to offer players from both Kopion FC and Wheaton Wings SC maximum access to player development. A united club offers improved training and skill development, a higher level of competition, and many more programming options.
- Coach & Staff Development: We believe our coaches and staff define and drive the player experience. Working together gives us the opportunity to attract, develop, and retain top-quality personnel to enhance the club experience.
- Benefits of Scale: Wheaton United SC will offer an improved club structure by combining our valuable resources, leadership knowledge, experience, and some administrative and organizational efficiencies. With a more efficient structure, Wheaton United SC will be able to invest more in the organization and facilities, ultimately improving the overall experience for each family.
- Long-Term Strategy: Wheaton United SC will better serve our community in the future by creating more cohesive and competitive teams. Wheaton United SC will have more opportunities to consider strategic projects, provide the best playing facilities, and create greater access to the game for current and future players.
Q: Is this combination, a merger, or an acquisition?
A: Our two clubs are coming together through the vision and leadership of Kopion FC and the Wheaton Park District. One club is not acquiring another, the two clubs are integrating to become a single entity from a structural, operational, and cultural point of view.
Q: How will leadership and governance work for Wheaton United SC?
A: Wheaton United SC will be operated through the Wheaton Park District. Rudy Keller, the current director of Kopion FC, will be the director of Wheaton United SC. The park district staff member overseeing Wheaton United SC will be Adam Lewandowski, Superintendent of Athletic Programs and Facilities.
Q: Do I need to do anything right now?
A: No, please enjoy the rest of the winter and spring seasons with your respective teams!
Q: What about tryouts for the 2022-23 season?
A: Wheaton United SC will publish information for tryouts for the 2022-2023 season very soon. Tryouts will take place on various dates in April and May.
Q: How will my player register for tryouts?
A: Registration for tryouts will be sent out soon and will be handled by the Wheaton Park District.
Q: How will team formation work for 2022-23?
A: Wheaton United SC will host an open tryout for current players from Kopion FC, Wheaton Wings SC, and anyone else that is interested. Each player will be evaluated on their technical skills, tactical awareness, and physical abilities.
Q: Will we have to buy new uniforms?
A: New uniform kits will be used for Wheaton United SC. Purchase information will be available at tryouts or immediately after tryouts.
Q: Will my child’s coach or practice location change?
A: Coaches may change based on the new team formations. Practice locations will be at various parks in Wheaton.
Q: Will any registration fees change?
A: Registration fees will be approximately the same as the 2021-2022 season.
Q: Will there be a new website?
A: Yes, a new website will be developed and launched soon through the Wheaton Park District.
Q: Who do we contact if we have questions?
A: If you have any questions, please reach out to either Rudy Keller or Adam Lewandowski.
Supt. of Athletic Programs and Facilities
Wheaton Park District