How did you get into soccer?
I started playing soccer in third grade when I lived in Maryland for a while. My grandfather was the coach and felt that I needed some physical activity. I enjoyed it so much that when I returned to Omaha, I kept playing. I played club (YMCA then United) all the way up to high school. During my high school years, soccer was still a club sport (could not earn a Varsity letter).
What do you like about the Wolves?
While I have not been involved with the Wolves very long, I like that everybody I have met thus far is true to the Wolves mission and philosophy. I am excited to see my kid’s interest in soccer grow, so ensuring a fun and supportive environment to experience soccer is very important to me.
Who is your favorite soccer player of all-time?
I ended my playing days in goal so I would have to go with Kasey Kellar. He played into his 40s and never lost a step. My brush with soccer fame came in 1992, I was able to see Pele’ speak at the opening ceremonies of the USA Cup held yearly in Blaine MN.
What is your favorite thing about soccer?
I was definitely not a finesse player by any means, so my favorite thing about soccer was playing defense and the physicality that came along with it. I had a pretty mean slide tackle!
How many consecutive juggles can you do?
Considering my soccer skills have been on the shelf for a very long time, this is an easy question. Zero! I was a defenseman all my life, so I never really worked on this skill much.
What is your favorite part of working with kids?
I love to see the smiles and excitement after they score a goal or figure out how to do something. Its very gratifying for me to see that light go off when I have been able to teach something. There a few in the current Winter Academy that really light up and have so much fun, makes we wish we practiced every night so I could see them!