Name: Alexis Sponable
Hometown/first soccer experience: I am from Middleville, Michigan. I first started playing when I was 4 for an AYSO team, when I was 8 I started playing club soccer. I played all throughout high school, and then played 4 years at the collegiate level.
Family: I have 5 siblings, one of my brother’s is a Marine, and the rest of my family lives in Michigan.
Years of Coaching: This will be my 5th year coaching. I have coached the past four years at Watertown High school.
Favorite Team and why? I love Manchester United. My grandpa got me hooked on them. We watch their games together any chance that we get!
Favorite Player and why? I have so many different favorite players for different reasons. One of my favorite men’s players is Cristiano Ronaldo, that man is a beast. Works hard and is so very passionate about it. My favorite women’s player is Amy Rodriguez, currently playing for N.C. Courage in the NWSL. She is my favorite because I think she is underrated and yet works so hard, is a good leader on her team. I also learned a lot from her as a player because I played the same position as her.
Coaching Education: I have my Grassroots License.
Why did you start coaching? I started coaching because I love watching kids learn new skills and grow to love the sport that I love.
Coaching Role Models/Mentors: My dad – coached me my entire life. Coach Pill – coached and taught classes that I took. Both men are great coaches and are both passionate about what they do.
Favorite Coaching Memory: This last year the girls beat a team 2:1 that we had lost to the previous 2 seasons quite badly!
What are your hobbies outside of soccer? I love reading, hanging out with friends, and being outdoors.
Favorite Book: John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success
Did you play other sports growing up? Soccer was the only sport that I ever played.
What is something people may never guess about you? I write, eat and drive with my left hand, but I throw balls, bat, etc. with my right hand.