9U Boys Academy
Hometown/first soccer experience: Milwaukee, WI. First started playing soccer at age 5 with the Milwaukee Rampage youth club. Played with multiple clubs throughout my youth. Won the U18 Boys WI State Championship in 2014 with Milwaukee Bavarians.
Family: I’ve got a younger sister that plays for Pius XI High School varsity team. My younger brother will be joining Pius in the fall and will hopefully play there too.
Years of Coaching: I’ve coached one full year, excited to enter my second year!
Favorite Team and why?: Atletico Madrid. Not my favorite style of soccer. Very defensive minded. But I loved when Diego Forlan was with the squad and really brought the club back into the top 5 of La Liga. It was amazing to see them win the league in 2014. It was the first time I had seen any team other than Barca or Real Madrid win La Liga. Their 2nd place finishes in champion’s league this past decade were so tough. I hope I can see them win it one day.
Favorite Player and why: Andres Iniesta. His vision as a midfielder is amazing. When he played with Xavi and Messi it was incredible to watch. It seemed as though his mind was working 2 or 3 times faster than everyone else on the field.
Coaching Education: I’ve got grassroots coaching certifications, I’m waiting to apply for my D license.
Why did you start coaching? I miss playing soccer, but I hate watching bad soccer. I can’t watch my brother or sister’s games without pacing around, getting angry with how they are playing. I am not saying I know everything, in fact I have a lot to learn; but I do believe playing-style, philosophy and organized attacking, defending, and transitions are so crucial to working effectively as a unit. A lot of coaches in my experience don’t dedicate time to making sure everyone is on the same page about these core principles. I try to make sure my girls are.
Coaching Role Models/Mentors: I love Pep Guardiola’s philosophy and style of play. Possession minded soccer, focused minimizing risks and maximizing opportunities to score.
Favorite Coaching Memory: This past fall a new player joined my U9 girls team. She had played rec soccer before but this was her first year in Academy. She needed some help with her technical abilities but she had lots of potential. Her parents asked me after a practice session if they should work with her individually at home. I said they absolutely did not have to and did not need to feel like they should. We practice 3 times a week and that is plenty for busy parents. Their daughter was great at listening to directions, asking questions, and trying her best and that’s all I can ask for in a player. She quickly became one of my best strikers on the team and scored her first goal on our last game of the season. It was so easy and effortless for her that I did not realize it was her first goal of the season. Once I did I was so excited and so was she.
What are your hobbies outside of soccer? Rock climbing!
Favorite Book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Did you play other sports growing up? Nope! Just Soccer!
What is something people may never guess about you? I have competed in Ballroom dancing competitions!