Get to know 13U girls red team coach, Matt Sheeley.
1) Why do you coach soccer?
I coach soccer, first of all, because I love the game. I love watching, playing and coaching because the game itself can teach us a lot about life. I also enjoy coaching in general. Coaching people can be so rewarding in any environment. When someone you are coaching grasps a concept and betters themselves because of that, it is awesome to see.
2) Tell us about your soccer career/journey.
I didn’t start playing soccer until a later age. I started playing with my middle school team in the 5th grade. I never had the privilege to play with a club growing up so coaching this year is my first experience inside a soccer club. I played during high school and then in college for a small DIII school called Maranatha Baptist University. I started coaching my my senior year as an assistant coach of a high school team, and then as the head coach of MBU’s women’s team the year after.
3) What is one goal you have for PSU players?
To grow as individuals as much as they do as athletes. Soccer has a lot to teach outside of how to kick a ball into a net.
4) What is something soccer has taught you?
Patience and perseverance.
5) What is your favorite soccer team?
Sporting Kansas City
6) How has soccer positively affected your life?
Soccer is the sport that I have met some of my closest friends in. My past college coach drastically changed the way I viewed the world as a whole even outside of soccer. I can honestly say if I hadn’t played college soccer, I would be a different person.