New Girls Director of Coaching in Binghamton





April 8, 2024 – The Western New York Flash Academy is proud to announce Kelsey Ferguson as the new Girls Director of Coaching for Flash Binghamton.

Binghamton is the newest region for the Flash, after a merger was announced with BC United in March that will go into effect this Summer.

Ferguson is a familiar face around the club, having coached WNY Flash ECNL teams from 2016-2019. She has also coached for Cornell Women’s Soccer, the SDA Girl’s Academy, Buffalo State, and Lonestar Soccer Club.

Her coaching experience follows a great playing career that included captaining the University of Richmond, and playing for WPSL’s SoccerPlus Connecticut Reds and the W-League’s Vermont Voltage.

“I’m excited to join Paul, Jen and the rest of the staff to build on the great work they’ve done establishing this club in the Central New York area,” says Ferguson.

“I’m thankful to Eric Dade and Aaran Lines for giving me this opportunity, and look forward to bringing the culture, standards and expectations of the WNY Flash Academy to this area to give players and families more opportunities for growth, development and success.”

Ferguson has her USSF National Youth License, and is currently finishing up her USSF A License. She also holds a Level 3 qualification in La Liga Formation Methodology.

“Bringing back Kelsey to the Flash organization in this new exciting role was a no-brainer for us,” says Eric Dade, the Executive Director of Coaching for the Flash Academy.

“We know that her experience and her love for the game will be passed down to all of the players she works with in Central New York. This is a big step in the Binghamton market and we are super excited to have her on board.”

BC United is currently finishing out its 2023-2024 season before becoming a part of the Flash. More than 400 players between the ages of 6 and 18 are a part of the current BC United season.

For those interested in learning more about the WNY Flash Academy and all it has to offer, check out our website at

Coming This Summer: Flash Binghamton

Western New York Flash Academy Announces Merger With BC United Premier

Club to Operate as Flash Binghamton Starting in 2024-2025 Season


March 15, 2024 – The Western New York Flash Academy and BC United Premier are thrilled to announce a merger between the two clubs that will bring the Binghamton area club into the WNY Flash’s growing portfolio of teams, players, coaches, and staff.

All current BC United Premier teams will begin playing as Flash Binghamton this summer, after finishing out their current seasons as BC United.

“The goal of BC United Premier is simply to bring the area’s best players together, provide excellent coaching, first-class facilities, and seek the best appropriate competition to compete and showcase our talents,” says Paul Marco, BC United’s Director of Coaching.

“As we have always done, we are driven by creating the best environment and pathway for our players. This is simply the next step in that mission. BC United Premier’s 2024-2025 seasonal transition into Flash Binghamton will give us everything we currently have and more.”

WNY Flash Executive Director of Coaching Eric Dade welcomes the addition of players and their families in the Binghamton area with open arms.

“As the WNY Flash Academy has continued to find success for our players on and off the field, it makes sense to expand into new areas and find the top players to join us. Bringing in Binghamton adds hundreds of talented, hard-working players to the Flash Family. We really admire what Paul and his coaches have built over the years in Binghamton, and we embrace the challenge to continue to make those players better every single day.”

The WNY Flash Academy has been in existence in the Buffalo area since 2012. In addition to the main operation in Elma, NY, the club also operates teams in Buffalo’s northtowns, Rochester, and Erie, PA. The academy has programming for boys and girls ages 4-18, offering an array of platforms including the ECNL (Elite Clubs National league), ECNL-RL, Elite 64, USYS State Cup, local premier teams, and all levels of youth soccer programming.

“We want to provide the same opportunities for Binghamton players as we have done in Buffalo and Rochester over the years,” adds Flash VP Aaran Lines.

“BC United has established an incredible framework for its players, and we aim to continue that hard work and dedication to growing those players as athletes and as individuals. In addition to developing great soccer players and providing opportunities for college placement, we really want to help develop young men and women into leaders who can make a difference in the world after leaving our Flash Family.”

BC United Premier was established in 2017 by Paul Marco and other coaches aiming to create a dynamic program that brings together the area’s best players, and provides them with excellent coaching and first-class facilities.

Based in Endicott, BC United features players from 14 counties in New York and Pennsylvania. In addition to Binghamton, players also come from areas like Oneonta, Ithaca, Elmira, and Scranton, PA. Training sessions are held at Binghamton University Bearcats Stadium and practice turf, as well as the BC United Soccer Complex and 434 Sportsplex.

More than 400 players between the ages of 6 and 18 were part of BC United’s 25 teams in the 2023-2024 season. Welcoming in those players will see the WNY Flash Academy’s player base grow to nearly 2,000 across all regions.

For those interested in learning more about the WNY Flash Academy and all it has to offer, check out our website at Flash Binghamton tryouts will be held in May and June, with dates and times to be announced soon.

Learn more about Flash Binghamton and watch the announcement video here.

Press Release: WNY Flash & Rochester Lancers Merge

WNY Flash and Rochester Lancers Merger Announcement

Western New York Flash Academy Rochester Merger Announcement

Rochester Lancers to join the WNY Flash Rochester


May 19, 2023 – The Western New York Flash Academy and the Rochester Lancers are excited to announce a merger between the 2 clubs, with all teams set to play under the WNY Flash for the 2023/2024 season and moving forward.

The agreement involves all Rochester Lancers teams joining the WNY Flash, as well as all teams training out of the Glacier Ridge Sports Park.

“We are incredibly excited to take this next step in the Rochester market. The community has welcomed the club, our brand and staff with open arms. We have huge respect for what Doug has accomplished over the years in the Rochester market and are looking forward to taking the teams and club to a different level and providing an incredible platform for Rochester community players,” Flash VP Aaran Lines says.

The WNY Flash has been in existence since 2012 in the Buffalo area. The club has exploded in the past 3 years, expanding to over 65 teams in the Buffalo area and another 22 in the Rochester market for the 2022-23 season. The club has roots in the Rochester market, with the WNY Flash pro team playing in downtown Rochester from 2011-2016 seasons, winning 4 professional league titles before relocating to North Carolina. The WNY Flash Academy has programming for boys and girls ages 5-18, offering an array of platforms including the ECNL (Elite clubs National league), ECNL RL, Elite 64, and local premier teams.

“Our goal is to provide the same opportunities for Rochester players as we have for Buffalo players with our different platforms. Not only do we want to help develop better soccer players in the WNY area, but also develop young men and women who are ready to make a difference in our society after leaving our Flash Family,” Lines adds.

Glacier Ridge Sports Park, located in Spencerport,  was built in 1996, reconstructed in 2019 to become one of WNY best indoor facilities.  The 72,000 square foot indoor facility also boasts outdoor fields, offices, and a fitness center.

Doug Miller Soccer started in 2005 and rebranded as the Rochester Lancers in 2017.  Over that time, the club has grown in the Rochester soccer community by teaching life lessons through the game of soccer.

“There comes a time when you need to pass the torch on to another organization that shares the same values, but has more broadband, infrastructure and platforms to grow soccer even more.  That time is now, and I believe that the WNY Flash will take the Rochester soccer community to another level,” says Doug Miller.

“Not only are we excited to merge with Lancers soccer, but we are happy to have a home for our players in Rochester. There’s nothing better than that “club” feeling when you walk into the doors of a facility and see all of your teams training together,” says WNY Flash Academy Executive Director of Coaching Eric Dade. “Our goal has always been to bring like minded people together to create greater opportunity for all players in the Western NY market.  This is a big step in that direction,” Dade adds.


For players interested in trying out for the WNY Flash Academy Rochester, please visit our website For specific questions, please email Nino Pilato or Marc Dall


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