Dria Hampton to serve dual role with Oklahoma City FC in record 12th WPSL season
OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28, 2021) - One of the all-time great players from the state of Oklahoma, Dria Hampton, will head up Oklahoma City FC’s midfield once again for a record 12th WPSL season - and has added the role as Assistant Coach for the upcoming 2021 season, Technical Director Evan Dresel and Head Coach Danny Gibson announced today.
During her team-record 11 WPSL seasons, all with Oklahoma City FC, the team has compiled an 83-25-14 record, won five conference titles and advanced to the WPSL Championship semifinals three times.
Hampton recently concluded her sixth season as an assistant coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where she helped lead the Drovers to the Sooner Athletic Conference championship game for the fifth consecutive season. The Piedmont, Okla. product coaches with Oklahoma Energy Football Club and is the lone female in club history to coach boy’s teams. She recently began a new private venture with MB10 Soccer, operating specialized individual and group clinics for intermediate to accomplished players.
A member of the United States National U14, U16, U18 and U20 teams, in 2009 Hampton was ranked as the No. 13 college prep prospect. The athletic midfielder started 62 consecutive games during her initial three collegiate years at the University of Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree played her senior season at Florida State, making 19 appearances for the Seminoles and advancing the NCAA Championship semifinals during her lone season in Tallahassee.
Oklahoma City FC, the ninth winningest team in WPSL history, opens its season on the road June 8 at FC Dallas. The ScissorTails’ home opener is June 12 at Mustang High School with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City will compete in the WPSL’s Red River Conference’s Northern Division and play home-and-home matches in 2021 versus turnpike rival Tulsa Soccer Club, FC Dallas, SouthStar FC, and the Texas Spurs – all three from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Oklahoma City FC’s Tryouts are scheduled for this Sunday 6-8 p.m. and on May 8 at MHS. For additional information and to register, go to OklahomaCityFC.com.
The WPSL, entering its 23rd season, is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with 136 teams spread across 34 states from coast-to-coast. With matches played during summer months, WPSL team rosters feature the top amateur players in North America – from standout collegiate student-athletes, to elite prep prospects and former college standouts. Many of the top players in U.S. National Team history honed their skills in the WPSL, including Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Abby Wambach and dozens of others.
Danny Gibson to lead Oklahoma City FC
2021 Marks Club’s 13th WPSL Season
OKLAHOMA CITY (April 19, 2021) – Oklahoma City FC Technical Director Evan Dresel announced today the club has hired Danny Gibson as head coach for their upcoming 13th season of play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
Gibson owns a USSF National A-Youth License - the highest level of eight coaching certifications offered in the United States. Currently in his 10th year with Oklahoma Energy Football Club, serving two years as the Director of Coaching for OEFC West after spending the previous eight coaching OEFC Central. Under Gibson’s leadership, OEFC teams have enjoyed grand success, capturing three Oklahoma state championships, five prestigious President’s Cup titles, a South Region Premier League championship, and a Super Y League national title. The club was recently re-branded “Oklahoma Rangers FC”.
The Glasgow, Scotland native was as an assistant coach on the men’s side with Oklahoma City FC of the NPSL in 2013 and was a member of Oklahoma Energy’s U-23 PDF staff in 2016 and 2018.
A four-year starter in the midfield at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (2007 - 2010), Gibson helped lead the Drovers to the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament title in 2009 and played on USAO’s 2010 squad that reached the quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championships. Following college, Gibson played for Oklahoma City FC’s 2012 PDL team.
Danny and wife, Brittany have three daughters: Lilliana, 9, Lorelei, 6, and Lennox,4.
The 2020 WPSL season was terminated due to the coronavirus pandemic that impacted sports throughout the world. During Oklahoma City FC’s 12-season history, the club ranks ninth all-time in winning percentage (84-25-15, .738) and the team’s 84 wins are the sixth most in league annals.
Oklahoma City has captured five conference titles and advanced to the WPSL Championship semifinals on three occasions. Oklahoma City FC tryouts are scheduled May 2nd and 8th at Mustang High School at 6 p.m. and are open to players 14-and-older. Oklahoma City is aligned in the Northern Division of the WPSL’s Red River Conference, featuring opponents from Tulsa and the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
The 2021 regular season schedule is slated to be released later this week. For tryout registration and more information go to OklahomaCityFC.com or call (405) 601-0025.
The WPSL: founded in 1998, has grown to 155 members and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world. The league is balanced throughout four regions, with 16 conferences geographically aligned across 36 U.S. states. Team rosters are built via elite collegiate student-athletes, highly skilled prep prospects, and former college players. Many of the all-time greats in U.S. National Team history honed their skills in the WPSL, including Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Foudy, Abby Wambach, and dozens more.