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Lukas Wilhelmi

Hometown/first soccer experience: I grew up in Bielefeld, Germany where I started playing on my second day of school. A classmate took me to practice at his club in our neighborhood. I played for the club for 14 years until I left town for college.

Family: I live with my wife Jen in Madison.

Years of Coaching: In the club I played, I started coaching a U15 when I was 20 years old. I’ve been coaching ever since.

Favorite Team and why?: Arminia Bielefeld. Why? Support your local hero. Nothing has taught as much as the game and those rainy days and crystal clear nights. Bielefeld is a team that always loses more than it wins. Arminia has never won a title and yet, it created so many memories and moments of true bliss. It taught me to be graceful in moments of success and to lose with dignity. When I’m in the stadium, always with my dad, I’m home.

Favorite Player and why: I played mostly defense and early on I tried to model my game after Paulo Maldini, but when I was 16 years old I saw Zidane play and it changed the way I looked at the game. I also admire Clarence Seedorf, Christian Eriksen and a lot of players you probably never heard of: Rüdiger Kauf, Fatmir Vata, Matthias Hain. Different players that found different ways to play the game their way.

Coaching Education: D-Licence

Why did you start coaching? I was never talented enough to play instinctively or to take many risks. I became a hard worker that had to understand the game to help his team. Which gave me joy in itself, being part of a group. Which ultimately set me up to be a coach. Someone who finds pleasure in thinking about the game to create a meaningful experience – together.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: My first coach had a huge impact on me. He coached me from age 6 to 10. I always wanted to play well for him and always felt safe. Even when he was angry. Among professional coaches I admire everyone who is creative, can lead authentically by example and successfully delegate expertise. Coaches like Jürgen Klopp or Mauricio Pochettino come to my mind.

Favorite Coaching Memory: So many. Most of them circle around players surprising themselves with what they are capable of. To choose one: U15. We are playing the leader of the table, who will eventually finish the year undefeated. We have a good year but it’s not our day and we are down 0-5 at halftime. In the locker room we discuss a few things and why we play the game. Something clicks. We win the second half and the game ends 1-5. After the game the players had a sparkle in their eyes that you only earn when you leave it all on the field.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? I watch movies and write about movies as a freelance journalist and about other things. Short stories and essays mostly.

Favorite Book: Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch is a classic for a reason. Outside of soccer I like the essays of David Foster Wallance and everything from Jennifer Egan.

Did you play other sports growing up? I played Basketball for a year, but I was too small and nothing could ever compete with soccer to be honest.

What is something people may never guess about you?: My mom and I used to save up and have gone to every Summer Olympics since Sydney 2000. Our last trip was to Rio in 2016. We always visited different sport events, but rarely any soccer.

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.