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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 games are played on small fields with small teams to increase interaction. The program 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 9U – 15U full year players.

Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

We had a blast at this fall’s Friday night Street Soccer. We’re already excited for spring!

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