U14 2006 GIRLS ELITE (RED) & U9 2011 GIRLS ACADEMY II
Academy Technical Director
5 years coaching experience with recreational programs
6 years coaching experience with competitive programs
I began playing soccer during recess in the 6th grade. I started playing organized soccer for my school, the Jasper-Troupsburg Wildcats, in the 7th grade. My junior year of high school we were NYS finalists. I attended Keuka College and played division III intercollegiate soccer for four years. I have played on various adult recreational teams through 2014.
I’m a fan of the beautiful game. I love the complexity and simplicity of soccer. I love that success in soccer is about preparation and composure over size and strength. I love that the lessons learned on the soccer pitch are great lessons for life (confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship, decision making, the value of hard work and hard play, etc.).
I have followed several teams over the years. My loyalty is more to the beauty of the game than to a particular team. I began as a fan of Ajax of Amsterdam in the 90’s and as a player patterned much of my play after Clarence Seedorf and Marc Overmars. Most recently I’ve been a fan of Pep Guardiola and try to take some coaching tips from his approach.
I believe that soccer should be fun and as much as I love it, it is a game, it is a players game. As a coach I feel my job is to create the environment necessary to help my players learn. I create challenges and problems within games for them to solve with the understanding that this is the highest level of learning and gives them the tools to solve novel problems.