November 1st, Waltham, MA, 2018; James Hamblin is not an unfamiliar face for those who have attended a GPS tournament before.
Whether it is answering questions at a tournament’s central hub or handing out medals and trophies afterwards, James is always in perpetual motion ensuring that every GPS event runs smoothly and is the best experience possible.
James is the first GPS staff member to be included on our Behind the Badge series. This series is being carried out in order to help our ever growing community of players, parents and coaches connect better with the club.
By giving you an inside look at some of the personalities that make GPS tick we hope to further help you see GPS as YOUR club.
1. What is your current role with Global Premier Soccer? I am the GPS National Tournament Director.
2. When did you join GPS? I joined GPS in March of 2002.
3. What prompted your move to the USA? I was traveling around the world after finishing my University degree and my brother was currently attending Boston College. I met up with him in the Summer of 2001 and at the time he was playing for the Boston Bulldogs. After the game, I met up with him and the team for a meal and that is where I met Joe and Peter Bradley who offered me a coaching job for the Spring of 2002 - the rest is history.
4. What do you enjoy most about your job? Believe it or not, I enjoy solving problems and making sure all the small details are manage. I also enjoy working with like-minded people and learning from our leadership.
5. What are some of your biggest highlights with the club? As a coach developing multiple players who have gone on to play at all levels collegiately. Although winning some state and regional events was fun, seeing some of my past players is always humbling and knowing they have fond memories of MPS/GPS which played a significant part in their young lives.
6. If you hadn’t come to work at GPS what do you think you would be doing? I believe I would be involved in soccer in some capacity. Before I came to the US, I was working part time for Bristol City’s Community and Academy program, so I imagine I would be working my way up that ladder!