BRANTFORD, Ont. (January 13, 2017) - Wilfrid Laurier University Director of Athletics and Recreation Peter Baxter
has announced the hiring of Murphy Wiredu as the Head Coach of the Laurier Brantford Varsity Men’s Indoor Soccer team.
Wiredu, a coach and creator of the Brampton Real FC Academy in Toronto, becomes the second Varsity Head Coach in the history of the Laurier Brantford campus.
“Investing in great leadership is critical in building Laurier Brantford Varsity Athletics. Having a Coach in Murphy Wiredu who has played for professionally for Toronto FC and in Europe will set the foundation for soccer at Laurier Brantford for years to come,” stated Peter Baxter
, Director Athletics and Recreation.
"It is an honor to be part of this program and I am grateful to be the very first Indoor Men's Varsity Coach at Laurier Brantford,” said Wiredu. “I am extremely excited to be here. I believe with the help of the Athletics Department and staff, we can meet our goal of growing this program now and in the future. We'll put in the work needed to meet the standards of an elite varsity program and we'll meet each challenge head on.”
“My personal goal is to challenge each player to be their very best both on and off the field,” added Wiredu. “They will all be challenged to be professional in everything they do. When it comes to soccer, we'll take it one day at a time, one practice at a time, and one game at a time."
As the first Head Coach of Laurier Brantford’s Men’s Indoor Soccer team, Wiredu brings a number of years of experience with him to the position. Wiredu’s passion for the game started at an early age and earned him a spot on top teams in Ontario and eventually a scholarship to play in the United States. In 2015, Wiredu was inducted into the Hall Of Fame at Saint Peter's University in New Jersey City where he completed his four-year undergraduate degree. In his senior year, he was voted an All-American by NJSCAA, named the METRO Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and Saint Peter's Athletic Player of the Year in 2008. Murphy led his team to an out large bid for the first time ever in the conference and school history in any competitive sport.
Wiredu went on to further his soccer career by joining the New York Red Bulls reserve in 2008 and the Toronto FC reserved team later that year. The desire and hunger grew even more which led him to further his career in East Asia Singapore playing in the S-League from the ending of 2008 until 2011. He took his career over to Europe playing in Holland, Denmark and in Norway. Internationally, Wiredu represented Canada at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships in Mexico in 2010 playing against EL Salvador, Mexico and Jamaica.
“Coach Wiredu has a long term vision at Laurier Brantford and his leadership which emphasizes the academic, athletic and personal development of student athletes will create an environment where student-athletes will flourish,” added Baxter. “We are fortunate to have Murphy leading our first Laurier indoor soccer program in school history.”
Currently, Wiredu takes his passion and knowledge of the game to motivate, train, scout and coach young talented players. We are excited to bring Wiredu on board to continue to develop the new elite Varsity programming that we now offer at Laurier Brantford. The team’s first Invitational Competition will take place on Saturday, January 28th at Redeemer College.