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Menace Spotlight: Laurie Calloway

Menace interns Tyler Peeler and Jeremy Reinert will bring you a Menace spotlight each week during the 2012 season; this week features head coach Laurie Calloway.

Des Moines Menace head coach Laurie Calloway engraved his name as the franchise’s all-time wins leader on June 14. A 1-0 road win over Springfield gifted coach Calloway with the honor.

Through five seasons with the Menace (2001-02, 2010-present) Calloway has achieved a mark of 49-17-12. Breaking Casey Mann’s all-time record of 48-19-13 (in five years), the Birmingham, England native embraced his accomplishment, but also passed on the credit to his team and staff.

“It’s an honor, it’s something that I can add to my resume,” said Calloway. “The thing is the team is what it’s all about to me. Without the team over the years and the coaching staff I wouldn’t be able to do anything so I have to give a lot of credit to those that have played for me.”

Leading his team to an undefeated season in 2002 (15-0-3), Calloway earned Premier Development League Coach of the Year honors. He credits the talent-packed squad for his success.

“I think the second-year team with Tomas Boltnar, Neathan Gibson and Stu Riddle who had 50 goals between them helped a lot,” Calloway said, reminiscing on one of his fondest Menace memories. “The dynamic personalities with in that team, the leaders and the great time we had we had with our fight song. It’s hard to match that group of guys.”

Despite a history of success amassing to 200-plus wins in his career that dates back to 1978, the former English Premier League defensemen points out that it hasn’t always been easy.

“(In 2010) We didn’t make the playoffs so I don’t look at that as successful,” said Calloway. “I think last year we had an outstanding team unfortunately met the Michigan Bucks in the playoffs who hadn’t conceded a goal in the regular-season.”

Always looking ahead with an understanding that tough roads come with the world of sports, the veteran coach reflected over this year’s team (5-3-2).

“This year with the late start to get players in put us in a little bit of a hole,” said Calloway. “But we’ve started to win games and concede less goals. Should we prevail and win the majority of the games from here I think we will be in first place in the playoffs.”

Name: Laurie Calloway
Hometown: Birmingham, England
Coaching Career:
1978 Southern California Lazers, American Soccer League
1981 California Surf, North American Soccer League
1983 Seattle Sounders, North American Soccer League
1985 San Jose Earthquakes, Western Soccer Alliance
1990 Salt Lake Sting, American Pro Soccer League (Now USL-1)
1991-92 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, American Pro Soccer League (Now USL-1)
1993 San Jose Hawks, USISL (Now PDL)
1996-97 San Jose Clash, Major League Soccer
2001-02 Des Moines Menace, Premier Developmental League
2003-04 Syracuse Salty Dogs, A-League (Now USL-1)
2005-07 Rochester Raging Rhinos, USL-1
2010-Present Des Moines Menace, Premier Developmental League
Playing Experience:
1962-64 Wolverhampton Wanderers, English 1st Division
1964-68 Rochedale A.F.C., English 4th Division
1968-70 Blackburn Rovers, English 1st Division
1970-71 Southport F.C., English 4th Division
1971-71York City, English 3rd Division
1972-74 Shrewsbury Town, English 3rd Division
1974-77, 1979 San Jose Earthquakes, North American Soccer League

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