1. How long have you been coaching (total years with EYSA)?
17 years (7 years with EYSA)
2. Did you ever play soccer? If yes, please describe your experience level.
Yes, I played from age 5-18, mostly at sweeper or stopper. I played four years of high school varsity until I tore my ACL senior year.
3. What got you started in coaching?
I started coaching boys and girls at Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School in 2000. I loved getting back into the sport while also working with my students in a different way. That ended when Melissa and I started having kids. I was so excited to re-enter coaching when Jack became old enough!
4. What do you like the most about coaching?
I love working with kids! Though learning the sport and being successful is important, I really love seeing the boys play as a team, make strides individually, and also learn the dedication and discipline it takes to be succesful. I have coached half of my current U15 for years, Fall and Spring, and I am so proud to see how far they have come!
5. What is your biggest challenge as a coach?
The biggest challenge is that every player has different needs and personalities. It is hard to coach a team sport with so much indiviudalism.
6. Have you taken any coaching education/licensing courses?
7. Do you play/coach any other sports?
I have coached both of my boys in Exeter Little League, but that time is over.
1. What is you favorite soccer team?
Sadly, I love playing and coaching the sport, however, I don't watch it too much.
2. What is your favorite sport outside of soccer?
American Football. . . Go Eagles!
3. Who is a role model to you? Why?
My dad. My father, Peter, always put his family first. I could only hope to have half of his dedication and heart.
4. What is your favorite movie?
5. What is you favorite song?
Violent Femmes, Blister in the Sun. . . but it depends on the day!
6. What is you favorite book?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
7. What is you favorite food?
Anything my mother-in-law makes. . . Meat Pie for example!
8. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
OCNJ. . . this is where my family makes many of our family memories!
Hello Exeter Youth Soccer players and parents!
First off, thank you all for coming out and participating in the beautiful game this season. All of you are now well into your seasons and hopefully enjoying yourselves. This club is centered around soccer, but is really about the community; you play with your friends and you make new ones along the way. With that in mind, I encourage younger players at the recreational levels to come out to some of the soccer fields here in Exeter on the weekends and cheer on the older travel teams. Also, travel teams, don’t be so quick to leave after the game, if you have time, stay and cheer on the team coming on after you. We have age brackets all the way up to 14 years old and some of them are playing at the Junior High and High School level. Everyone likes to hear the support from their fans and a home crowd cheering them on from the sidelines. Remember this club is not just about winning, it’s about having fun and bringing a community together while doing it.
Thank you all for your support and I plan on keeping everyone informed on what is happening in the club every few weeks. Let’s consider this the first President's Corner post. If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime.