Alan Purvis must be one of the happiest coaches in Cayman football after the success of the teams he was in charge of last season.
Technical director of Sunset Football Club’s all-conquering women’s team, Purvis is also head coach of the women’s national team.
Sunset did exceptionally well again at the Cayman Islands Football Association annual awards at the Marriott Hotel last week with Purvis getting the Women’s Coach of the Year accolade.
Sunset’s Jovani Messing also won Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year and the club captured Fair Play awards for their Under-15 and U-17 boys, as well as an FA Cup MVP award for Tommy Kehoe in their U-13 boys team.
Purvis has won the Women’s Coach of the Year award four times in total and this is his third year in a row. In 2009/10 Sunset women won the league for the first time and finished runners-up in the FA Cup for his first accolade.
In 2012/13 Sunset won the league and FA Cup and the following season they won the league, FA Cup and President’s Cup.
Last season they were league and President’s Cup champs and FA Cup runners-up.
“It is always an honor to win these awards, especially knowing that the hard work, commitment and sacrifices are acknowledged and rewarded,” Purvis said. “It is also very rewarding when the work we put in as group brings such a high level of success, particularly over recent seasons.”
He added that it’s not just about winning trophies and awards, but also about playing attractive football, in the right spirit and developing players into better players.
“I couldn’t win these awards without the help and contribution of the players and other coaching staff, Trevor Murphy and Danny Tathum,” Purvis said.
There will be no long summer break for him because he is preparing the women’s national team for Olympic qualifiers in August, training four times a week.
They have a tough group with games against Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and St. Lucia. “But if we prepare ourselves well then it is certainly a group we can win,” he said. “If we do win and qualify, there will be additional games in October and November.”
The CIFA women’s league starts in September or early October and the Sunset Kids Program will resume in September for boys aged 4-12.
Sunset’s Jovani Hessing was Women’s Keeper of the Year last season, an award she’s won twice before, in 2009/10 and 2012/13.
“Last season Jo has definitely been the most consistent keeper in the women’s league and found a renewed energy to keep playing, despite considering hanging up her boots at the start of the season,” Purvis said. “She has trained very hard this year and really benefited from some specialized goalkeeper training with the national team’s goalkeeping coach. I think she’s added at least another five years to her playing career.”