Hometown/first soccer experience: Grew up in the Detroit, MI area. My first exposure to soccer was during recess in elementary school. I didn’t start playing soccer seriously until high school and college; thus, one of the reasons I am passionate about giving children opportunities to explore and discover the game at a young age.
Family: My wife, Melissa, and I have been married for 7 years. We have two girls: Eleanor (3 years) and Cora (8 months).
Years of Coaching: 6 – I started as an assistant for the DIII men’s team at my alma mater. I was promoted to head coach of the women’s program three years later.
Favorite Team and why: Liverpool. I was first captivated by the play of Steven Gerrard but had to endure the end of the Benitez era through the entirety of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure before the success under Klopp. I chose an English team to support because the Premier League is most accessible to follow of any European domestic leagues – at least from the US.
Favorite Player and why: Past: Steven Gerrard – brilliant skill, wonder-strikes, shined under pressure. Present: James Milner – team first, dependable, mentor.
Coaching Education: USSF D
Why did you start coaching? I experienced what a profound impact a coach could have on the life of a player; how mentorship can shape perspective through sport.
Coaching Role Models/Mentors: Jeff Pill – great teacher of the game, sees the potential of players and ignites the passion for improvement. John Wooden – though I obviously never met him, I have read much of what he has written, listened/watched interviews, and tried to emulate his approach to success in sports.
Favorite Coaching Memory: The dramatic wins are always memorable, but I’m most fond of the relationships with players I’ve coached that continue to this day. Seeing them succeed in spheres outside of soccer is a tremendous joy.
What are your hobbies outside of soccer? Time with my wife and girls. I also love to play golf – love the mental aspect of the game.
Favorite Book: Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
Did you play other sports growing up? Baseball, Basketball, Golf, and pretty much any sport that can be played in the back yard or driveway
What is something people may never guess about you? I have scored an albatross (double eagle) in golf. I holed out on my second shot on a Par 5…and I have the newspaper clipping to prove it.