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Brad Blicharz

Hometown/first soccer experience: Waukesha, started at age 4 just playing for the YMCA in downtown Waukesha near one of the original springs. At age 6 I started playing organized soccer in the Waukesha Park & Rec program for 2 years. Then discovered Spring City Soccer Club in 1988 playing U-9 which was also my first tryout as it was select only back then. Played with Spring City SC through 1997 and played all 4 years at Waukesha North HS.

Family: Just me and my wife (married in 2008). Fortunate to have my parents also live in Waukesha.

Years of Coaching: 18 in total. Started in 1998 coaching with Spring City and continued through their merger to form SC Waukesha. With SC Waukesha until 2008. Started with PSU in 2012 –2016 and 2018-Current.

Favorite Team and why: Seattle Sounders: ever since they joined MLS, I’ve enjoyed watching them play with a never surrender attitude. They have often defied the odds and find success while providing some of the best soccer atmospheres in the United States. Locally, I support Forward Madison for the same reasons.

Favorite Player and why: Ronaldinho was fun to watch. He brought so many new skills to light and really changed the game.

Coaching Education: I have held a D license since 2002 and like learning new ideas on how to view a match from coaches like Jeff Pill and Albert Capellas.

Why did you start coaching? I started coaching when I was attending college at WCTC and coached whenever I didn’t have a night class. I first saw it as a way for me to stay involved, but when I saw the expressions on the faces of the kids on my team when they learned something new and performed it in the game, I was hooked on that aspect. I now coach not just how to play and be better players, but also to be fans of the sport.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: My favorite coaches I’ve had are Heinz Ebert (Spring City 1993-1995) and Todd Kowalewski (Waukesha North 1995-1997). Heinz Ebert, who was originally from Hamburg, Germany, taught our team a very precise and technical way to play but also allowed for our own creativity to showcase. Todd Kowalewski, who was attending UW-Milwaukee while coaching our High School JV and Varsity team, was able to help us develop critical thinking on the field while keeping our practice sessions fun and enjoyable. My style of coaching is a mix of these two: precision through technique and creative strategy through small sided games, all while having fun.

Favorite Coaching Memory: In 2016, I was coaching a U13/14 girls team for PSU. We really struggled with corner kicks so we decided to at least have fun with an idea based on a funny YouTube video of a character named Scott Sterling. I only had 1 player that could serve the corner and 1 that would attack it in the air. The rest of them would surround the goalie to limit the mobility, leaving a 1v1 in the box. We all thought it was funny that we were even going to try it until we did and scored. We netted 5 goals from corners that Spring on that play alone.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? I like going to the cultural festivals we have in our area. When I can, I’ll go to punk rock concerts.

Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings

Did you play other sports growing up? I did play basketball in Elementary and Middle School as well as Tennis. Played Rugby in High School when it was still new to our area.

What is something people may never guess about you? I’ve touched the actual world cup trophy in 1993

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!

 

Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex

Rules

  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.