The mission of Auburn Thunder Soccer Association is to provide competitive youth soccer opportunities by offering a challenging and educational program, while developing a lifelong passion for the sport in all of our athletes. Our program is dedicated to the development of both individual and team skills while emphasizing leadership, character, good sportsmanship, and commitment to compete at the highest level of desired play.
The Auburn Thunder Soccer Club has a Board of Directors, consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director, Advanced League Director, Recreational League Director, Athletic Director, and League Sports Coordinator. The standing committees for the Auburn Soccer Association include the: Program Committee; Facilities, Equipment, & Concessions; Recruitment and Scholarship; Public Relations; Referee Liaison; Fundraising and Sponsorship; Tournament; Nominating; and Bylaws/Policies Committee. The guidelines and responsibilities for each committee are listed in the Club Bylaws.
The Director of Coaching and Assistant Director of Coaching oversee the coaching and training staff for the club. The Director is chosen on an annual basis by the board of directors. The assistant director of coaching is selected by the director, once he/she is appointed. The directors organize and conduct try-outs, form teams, assign coaches, develop Academy curriculum, and oversee coaching needs for all teams.
The Auburn Thunder Soccer Club originated in the fall of 1997 with five teams. The age groups ranged from U-10 to U-17 boys. At the time the club consisted of 63 players and employed six coaches. Auburn's first Director of Coaching was Louis Richard. During Louis' time at Auburn he was the Auburn University's Women's assistant coach and trained the Auburn goalkeepers as well.
In the summer of 2000, Louis left Auburn to become the goalkeeper coach at The University of Mississippi. Once Louis left, Lance Williams took over Auburn Thunder as the new Director of Coaching. Louis worked extremely hard to build a solid foundation for Thunder, and at his departure the club had grown to seven fully rostered teams. Lance stayed as the director for one year; he left in the winter of 2002 to become the Director of Coaching for the Alabama Youth Soccer Association. At this time, Louis returned as the Auburn Thunder Director of Coaching.
In summer of 2005, Louis appointed Clemson native, Matt Hooper as the new Director of Coaching for Thunder. All the while, the soccer population in Auburn is increasing rapidly. The Auburn recreational program has grown to over 400 athletes and the Auburn Thunder program is up to eight teams.
In August of 2006 ASA joins with Nearpost Soccer to host the First Annual Thunder Road Classic. The tournament brought in plenty of tourism to Auburn, Alabama and registration filled up quickly. The Auburn event proved to be popular with over 100 teams registering. Each year, the Thunder Road Classic steps up a notch and continues to bring in clubs from all over the southeast. Since the Thunder Road Classic was such a success, Thunder and Nearpost paired up again in March 2007 to host the First Annual Tiger College Showcase. This tournament brings in college scouts to watch top women's club programs compete from around the country. In recent years, Auburn Thunder has hosted their own Thunder Road Classic that thrives each year in August.
In the summer of 2008 Matt Hooper left Auburn. During Matt's time with Auburn Thunder he piloted many outreach recreational programs connecting Thunder athletes with younger recreational players. Both Academy and Skills Night continue to be successful programs in the Auburn Thunder Club.
Since 2008 Jenny Ferguson has been the Director of Coaching, most recently hiring Meghan Kemp as the Technical Director and Mac Matthews as the Coaching Education & Recruitment Director. Brent Nicks is the Auburn Thunder Goalkeeper Coach.
In 2011 and 2012 the Auburn Thunder '97 Girls made history by winning back to back Alabama State Championships at the Division 1 level. They went on to represent the club at regional play both years.
Auburn Thunder now consists of over 200 players competing in age groups from U-9 to U-18 for both boys and girls. Thunder has five Division I teams. Each year Auburn Thunder coaches continue to be impressed with the skill level its athletes bring. With the recreational program being over 800 players, the future for Auburn Thunder is very bright.