Jordan Sullivan: “The opportunity to lead the team is a dream come true.” (Photo courtesy of Flower City Union)

The Flower City Union announced on Friday that Jordan Sullivan was named the head coach for the National Independent Soccer Association season.

“We are extremely excited to have Jordan leading the team into our second season as we hope to continue the club’s growth both on and off the field,” general manager Andrew Hoyt said in a statement.

A native of London, England, Sullivan has dedicated his life to coaching and playing soccer.

“I am excited to be appointed the head coach for Flower City Union,” Sullivan said in a statement. “The opportunity to lead the team is a dream come true. I am excited to be able to lead the team in a direction that is focused on new strategies, styles of play and ultimately success.”

At age of 16, he was the youngest coach in his class to receive a UEFA B Diploma (FA 1 and 2) and at 20, completed FA Level 3 coaching badge. While in England, Sullivan worked his way up from assistant coach to Head Coach for Queens Park Rangers Academy.

Sullivan spent years playing in the Southern League Premier Division and competed in the FA Cup during his five years at Hayes and Yeading United F.C.

In 2017, he moved to the United States to pursue the “American Dream” where he started off coaching for Global Premier Soccer and Rochester Futbol Club. He was offered an opportunity to play college soccer while earning scholarships at Monroe Community College and Roberts Wesleyan, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business and Sports Management. After graduating, Sullivan played for the Rochester Lancers indoor (Major Arena Soccer League) and outdoor men’s teams (United Premier Soccer League).

He founded the Lancers men’s UPSL team as Sullivan was the head coach and general manager. Sullivan was an assistant coach for Flower City during the 2022 season.

Sullivan lives in Rochester with his wife, whose name is also Jordynn (Barnhart) Sullivan.

Flower City will open its season against the Maryland Bobcats at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md. on April 1.