U10G Academy, U11G Red
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: 17 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.