How did you get into soccer?
I started playing soccer as a child for the Holy Name Ramblers. I didn’t actually go to the school, but I did live in the neighborhood. I grew up playing all sports around the clock. We had large groups of friends, and we were always outside playing whichever sport we could that day depending on which ball was brought to the playground. Subsequently, I was invited to play for the soccer team by a friend’s Mom who just so happened to be the soccer coach. I played for Holy Name up until Jr. High, then for Monroe, St. Cecilia’s and Creighton Prep.
What do you like about the Wolves?
I Love the sense of community amongst the players, coaches, and club organizers. Each and every person I have met has been so kind, down to earth, and genuine. I am so grateful to have been invited to help coach for such a fine organization. I grew up the son of a coach and have always wanted to coach my children once they were old enough to play organized sports. I feel doubly blessed to have the opportunity to coach my son, and also to coach such a fine group of kids and meet such wonderful families.
Who is your favorite soccer player of all-time?
My favorite soccer player is every Wolf that steps out on that field and gives their best effort!
How many consecutive juggles can you do?
My personal record was in the seventies. I cant remember exactly…It was such a long time ago. I can probably hit 25 today. I’d better start practicing and take this survey again at the end of the season.
What is your favorite thing about soccer?
Soccer is a wonderful sport where children can learn the importance of teamwork, perseverance, self-discipline, and build self confidence. I love playing all sports and can attest that so many of life’s lessons, life skills, and positive habits are learned on the field of play. It is a place where so many lasting relationships are formed, new skills are discovered, and you get to go out there and have fun together!
What is your favorite part of working with kids?
My favorite part of being a coach is seeing the kids build confidence in themselves and seeing the evolution of a team as they bond, form, and grow.
Like I stated above, there are so many benefits to playing team sports. It is always so rewarding to see those benefits as they happen for the players. I do my best to make learning the game fun. I like to get out there and play the game, do drills with the kids, challenge them to races because after all I am just a big kid myself.