Jeremy Figler becomes the first Black Watch Premier-Buffalo player to sign a professional contract. Figler, a Grand Island native and St. Bonaventure alum recentlysigned with S√¤vsj√¶ FF. Formed in 1936, S√¤vsj√¶ FF is located in S√¤vsj√¶, Sweden, and competes in the Swedish Fourth Division.
Figler was a member of the first Black Watch team ever to compete in the NY State West National Championship Series Final 4 Weekend. Figler started 35 games for St. Bonaventure over two seasons after transferring from the University at Buffalo. Figler recorded 154 saves and tallied three shutouts over his career at St. Bonaventure.
"I'm very lucky to have had the opportunity to play professionally. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play high level club soccer with Black Watch under the coaching of Jim and David Hesch,” Figler said. “They saw potential in me and were able to carry me through my high school years continuing on through college and helped get me to where I am today. The training and experience I gained playing with Black Watch and the Hesch brothers was and continues to play an essential role in my soccer career.”
Black Watch NY West partners with Central Sports Management
Black Watch NY West Soccer partners with Central Sports Management
Black Watch NY West Soccer is very proud to announce our partnership with Central Sports Management. Central Sports Management is a soccer related organization that is established to help provide young and aspiring soccer players with realistic playing opportunities all over the world.
Central Sports Management works closely with experienced professional and college coaches, licensed sports agents, and established professional clubs from around the world. Central Sports is committed to help players and clubs meet their immediate wants/needs.
Central Sports Management founder/executive director Fabien Lewis is a former player under Black Watch NY West Director of Operations Jim Hesch at Canisius College and played 10 years of professional soccer in 5 different countries. Central Sports Management has recently placed players and coaches in MLS, NASL, USL, Singapore S-League, Thai-Premier League, Malaysian Premier League and Philippines UFL. Fabien Lewis says, “It is a pleasure to start this relationship with Coach Hesch and Black Watch NY West Soccer. Coach Hesch helped in my development as a player and I am very confident he can do the same for many others that have aspirations of playing at the next level”.
“I am excited to be associated with Fabien and Central Sports Management. In their short existence they have a proven track record of being able to place players and coaches in professional clubs. This partnership will not limit us to only one professional club. We will have the ability to place players all over the world”, says Black Watch NY West Director of Operations Jim Hesch
Black Watch NY West and Central Sports Management will begin working on future events and will be in constant contact about current and future Black Watch NY West Players.
High School Team: Williamsville South, 2 time High School All-American, 4 time All-WNY 1st team selection
Years playing for Black Watch: 3
Most memorable Black Watch moment: My most memorable Black Watch moment was winning State Cup in 2012. That was the first time I had ever been to State Cup and the Empire Academy team was supposed to win the championship. We ended up beating them 5-1 as well as beating all of the other teams. Overcoming adversity with my team mates and lifting the cup for the first time is a moment I am never going to forget!
Most memorable Non Black Watch Soccer moment: My most memorable soccer moment was playing in the 2013 High School All-American game. 44 girls from across the country met in North Carolina to play in this game. It was a great experience being able to meet and play with girls who share the same passion for soccer as I do.
College committed to: Colgate University
National Team/Regional Team/ ODP experience: u16 National Team Pool, 4 years playing for Region 1 Team, 5 years playing for New York West State Team
Favorite thing about Black Watch? My favorite thing about Black Watch is the passion for soccer everyone part of this club has. From players to coaches, it is evident how much soccer means to them. Showing up for practice is the highlight of my day as I am able to connect with people who share the same love for the game as I do. We battle on the field as competitors but all the while we connect as teammates. I have loved playing for Black Watch the past 3 years and I will always remember it as a highlight when looking back at my youth club soccer years.
What would you tell to younger players interested in joining Black Watch? Black Watch is a unique soccer club as it combines technical and tactical training, fitness, small sided games, and larger games in order to provide the players with the best training possible. The wide variety helps to create the best overall soccer player. It is important to play for a club like Black Watch because this club will help you achieve your soccer goals for the future.
Other Important information you would like to add: All of the Black Watch coaches are committed to their teams and players in order to help you succeed as a soccer player and person. Playing for Black Watch has helped me achieve my goal of being able to play at a Division 1 college and I am very excited to share what I’ve learned from this soccer club with my teammates next year!