Barry (Baz) Greenaway
Hometown/first soccer experience: Born in Reading in the English county of Berkshire. Played in the regional and county school teams and then played adult regional non-league.
Moved to Ireland in 1999 and played and coached in the Leinster league.
Family: Been with Heather now for 15 years and from my first marriage I have a daughter, Holly, who lives in the UK.
Years of Coaching: 16 years in the US, but I first started in England in 1978 while still playing.
Favorite Team and why?: Reading, who play in the English Championship. All my family are fans born-and-bred. My two uncles used to take me to every game and they had been following the club since 1932 and 1946. My mum started watching in the late 1950s and was a regular for 50 years. My gran used to live next door to the ground (Elm Park), worked there as a tea lady and used to board trial players and apprentices. I was a season ticket holder for 40 years and as well as attending every home game, traveled all over England for away games. I fulfilled every fan’s dream by playing for the club against Malaga CF during a club tour of Spain.
Favorite Player and why: Pele. Strong as an ox, two-footed, great in the air and he saw things on the field of play that no other player saw. He also displayed skills and out-of-the-box attempts at scoring in the 60s and 70s that I have never seen subsequent players come close to emulating.
Coaching Education: USSF ‘D’ License, WYSA Grassroots 11v11 License.
Why did you start coaching?: Nothing beats playing, but coaching is the next best thing. Coaching also gave me a chance to give something back to the game.
Coaching Role Models/Mentors: Tony Moody, my first real schoolboy coach. He gave me the confidence and belief to go out and express myself on the field. I still have the very first medal I won playing for his team. Paul Denman, my coach during my adult playing career. Not a player himself, but he was a great man-manager and he taught me how to manage players. I still use some of his methods while coaching today. Brian Clough, probably the greatest man-manager of all, who took two small provincial clubs in England – Derby County and Nottingham Forest – to First Division titles and won the European Cup twice with Forest. I have used some of his more memorable quotes quite often with my players!
Favorite Coaching Memory: I think winning the Reddan tournament in spring 2017 with the PSU U14/15 girls. We had injuries to cope with and the girls had lost 0-3 to Madison 56ers and were losing 0-1 in their last group game and looking like heading home early; but they came back to qualify, drew 0-0 with Madison 56ers in the semi-final and then beat them 5-4 in a penalty shootout. They then won the final 3-0. The girls’ relentless hard work and no little skill reaffirmed why I love coaching. I got more pleasure out of that than any experience as a player.
What are your hobbies outside of soccer?: Bike-riding, keeping fit, reading, movies (bit of a movie buff and I write short movie reviews for a UK web site),
Favorite Book: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Did you play other sports growing up?: Played rugby union, cricket, badminton and ran cross-country and 400m for my school. Continued playing cricket after I left school, but the season cross-over with soccer meant something had to give.
What is something people may never guess about you?: I am a co-owner of Clapton CFC, a community-based football club in east London. I am also on the selection committee of the Reading Football Club Hall of Fame, which is about to open in 2021 with 150 inductees to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the club.