Tormenta FC names Jim Robbins first coach of USL W League squad


STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Tormenta FC’s new women’s team now officially has a head coach.

In a statement released Thursday morning, Tormenta FC named Jim Robbins as the first coach of its new USL W team, which is set to begin play in 2022.

“We are delighted to have Jim join the Tormenta FC family ahead of our inaugural season in the W League,” co-owner Netra Van Tassell said in the statement. “Jim has the experience and character to lead our new USL W League team, and he will use those same qualities to inspire all girls in our Academy system throughout South Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.”

Robbins has almost three decades of coaching experience, most recently as the director of coaching at MOBA Soccer Academy in Peachtree City. Prior to that, Robbins coached the Dakota Fusion of the NPSL. He also had stops at multiple colleges, including North Dakota State, LIU Brooklyn and LaGrange College.

“I’ve never been one to step into easy scenarios; I’ve always been one to get excited about the harder challenges,” Robbins said. “You have a college team that has been historically not good and someone’s got to get them on the right track; that’s me. This is a little bit of a different animal, but it has that kind of same feel to me because there is no history…we’re starting from zero and we’re trying to get it to 100 as quickly as we can.”

Although Robbins anticipates drawing at least somewhat on Tormenta’s existing academy players to fill the roster, he also wants to look outside the organization for talent.

“I have to go down there and get to know everybody and see who we think can fit at that level from day one,” Robbins said. “Based on my experiences with some of my other programs, I’m not sure if 100 percent of the roster from day one can come from Tormenta players. The goal is that’s what we want to do at some point.”

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