U10B Academy, U11B Red
Hometown/First Soccer Experience: Waukesha, WI. I grew up playing club soccer in Waukesha when there were multiple clubs. I continued playing there up to the first few years of SC Waukesha before playing for Milwaukee Sport Club in high school. Some of my favorite soccer playing memories came from playing with that team. The highest level I played was D-III soccer at Lawrence University.
Family: I currently live with my fiancé Claire, and my immediate family, parents and two brothers, still live in the area.
Years of Coaching: I’ve coached off and on over the past 13 years. I started coaching youth soccer as a senior in high school and continued coaching camps and clinics through all 4 years in college. My commitment to coaching as a major part of my career started about 4 years ago.
Favorite Team and Why: FC Barcelona because I was always drawn to their style of play, and they featured some of my favorite players at the time my passion for the game was growing.
Favorite Player and Why: Zinedine Zidane because he was one of the most talented and complete players I can remember watching. He was at the top of his game when I was first watching the game.
Coaching Education: I currently hold a USSF ‘D’ license, with plans to progress to the USSF ‘C’ license. I’ve completed a few of the United Soccer Coaches diplomas. The workshops put on by PSU with Albert Capelas and Jeff Pill have influenced me as a coach more than any other courses I’ve completed.
Why Did You Start Coaching? A variety of life experiences have influenced my passion for developing others. With young players especially, I enjoy having a significant role in the progress of both the individual and the team.
Coaching Role Models/Mentors: I can think of three coaches that had a huge influence on me at different stages of my life. John Remmers was my coach from U11-15, and he had a massive influence on me as a player. He was a parent volunteer who put in a lot of time and effort to develop himself as a coach. Looking back, I have a greater appreciation for everything he did. Joe Luedke was my club coach from U16-19, and he was the best coach I have played for regardless of sport. I credit him with my development from a Select level player to an eventual college starter. He is a great role model and his knowledge and passion for the game is exceptional. Most recently, Albert Capellas has become a major role model for me as a coach. It was a huge confidence boost for me to share many views and principles with a coach who coaches at the highest level and has experience coaching elite level players. I applied what I learned immediately in training, and I noticed immediate gains. I will take every opportunity to continue to earn more from Albert.
Favorite Coaching Memory: Traveling last spring with my U13 team was a great experience. It was my first opportunity to do this as a head coach. I always enjoyed these experiences as a player, but it was extra special as a coach.
What Are Your Hobbies Outside of Soccer? My favorite thing to do outside of soccer is fishing. Much of my summer free time between seasons is filled up by fishing outings in the area with the occasional trip up north. I also spend a lot of time reading while at home. Since I live with a librarian, I never go long between books.
Favorite Book: I have a few, but I would go with The Boys in the Boat, Das Reboot, and Alex and Me.
Did You Play Other Sports Growing Up? I played just about everything growing up, but basketball was always my other favorite sport. I played it competitively until my freshman year of high school, and I might have spent more time playing basketball in my four years of college than soccer.
What is something people may never guess about you?: I played the trombone at a very high level for many years. I have a number awards from high school, and went on to play at one of the best music schools in the country in college without pursuing it professionally.