During high school in Syracuse, NY I was a three-year varsity soccer captain. I continued my academic career at Boston College where I played in several leagues throughout my time there. After college, I joined Mount Evans United in Conifer as a part of their men’s U30 team. It was there that I was approached by the club director and asked to coach one of the Boy’s U8 teams. This new perspective of the sport ignited a passion for teaching. I coached at MEU for two years, before being recruited to Colorado Rush to assume the leadership role of a new U9 Boys team. That team ended up finishing in the middle of the table in the Premiere II division by the time they were U13.
What I learned during this time of coaching – long before I was married with children – is that children enjoy learning when challenged with a topic that is interesting to them. I found myself teaching these kids advanced soccer concepts that I had learned in my late-teens, and they were GETTING IT! At the end of the day, competitive sports are nothing more than games created on an even playing field that ask all participants to play by the same rules. My style of coaching challenges the kids to solve the problem presented to them – not to simply execute the commands the coach has given them.
I have been a club coach at Skyline Soccer Association for the past 8 years coaching both of my daughter’s (Reese and Remy) Rec and Competitive teams. In my spare time, I have a full-time job managing a global supply chain management consulting firm. As the Girls 7th grade soccer coach, I have been blessed with the opportunity to participate in the growth and development of each of these amazing young people. As opposed to my club team where all of the girls are there for the same reason, middle school sports mandates that I learn the motives and motivations behind each player to help them get what they want & need from participating.