Talent Showcase draws many players, college coaches

FC Buffalo held its first ever Talent Showcase for Buffalo Public Schools students, and the turnout from both players and college coaches was tremendous.

Around 50 BPS talents came out for the 2-plus hour training session with FCB head coach Brendan Murphy, which — in addition to plenty of skills, drills and scrimmaging — featured speeches from coaches on the importance of doing well in school.

Coaches from the University at Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, Buffalo State, Niagara University, Hilbert College, Niagara County Community College and D’Youville College were amongst those at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium to watch the free clinic.

BPS2“We couldn’t be more pleased to have given the great talent of our city such a solid showcase, and at the positive response from the area’s coaches,” said FC Buffalo co-owner Nick Mendola. “It’s clear that so many different pieces of local soccer, including BPS athletic director Aubrey Lloyd, are focused on doing what’s best for the kids in our area.”

In addition to Coach Murphy, who also coaches at D’Youville, the showcase featured coaches Jeff Panik from Hilbert in addition to a trio of coaches from NCCC.

Student athletes from the following schools were in attendance: International Prep, Bennett, Lafayette, McKinley, Olmstead, Riverside and Hutch Tech.

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