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Melissa Loretto.

Melissa Loretto

Juniors

Hometown/first soccer experience: Vernon Hills, Illinois/First soccer experience was GLSA Rec soccer when I was 6. I started playing club soccer at U12. I played college soccer at an NAIA school where we played for two conference championships and qualified for three national tournament appearances.

Family: I have a younger brother and sister. My immediate family all live in Wisconsin now.

Years of Coaching: 9 years

Favorite Team and why?: US Women’s National Team – I began playing soccer as the 90’s Women’s team became a force to be reckoned with, and now they’re just so dominant and fun to watch.

Favorite Player and why: Carli Lloyd – I don’t know. I just felt like I related to her with where she played on the field. Plus she’s a beast.

Coaching Education: Grassroots License

Why did you start coaching? I started coaching in college because one of my college coaches was a local club director (ironically for a program similar to Micros). I continued coaching after college because I wanted to give back to the game that gave so much to me and help other players fall in love with the beautiful game.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: The last club coach I had, Greg Muhr, was a fantastic coach. He took my game to levels I didn’t even know were possible. I still use some of his drills and phrases with my teams. My college coach, Patrick Gilliam, is still a huge mentor for me today – both as a coach, but even in life. I have so many other coaches that have also shaped me, but these two are the most influential on me as a player and now coach.

Favorite Coaching Memory: Winning the state championship with Muskego High School Girls’ Soccer Team June 2019 – We entered the tournament as the 4 seed, but we beat the 1 seed in the semi-final, and came back from being down a goal in the state championship to win 2-1.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? Playing piano, being outside – walking or relaxing, spending time with my family, and running

Favorite Book: A book I would read over and over again? Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Did you play other sports growing up? I did gymnastics through third grade, but otherwise just soccer! I wanted to play other sports, but it just never happened.

What is something people may never guess about you?: I’ve been playing piano as long as I’ve been playing soccer.

street soccer

Street Soccer is played on a U10 field and guided by our coaches. It is designed to allow players to “just play” the game in a safe, supervised, and minimally interrupted manner. In this way, players can do what they enjoy the most – play soccer – while getting just enough instruction to help them improve their game. Coaches help create teams and all games are played without a referee to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Street Soccer is open to all our U8 – U19 players and requires signup