How did you get into soccer?
My Mom signed me up for a soccer youth program in a small town in Montana at 4 years old, and since than I fell in love with the game. I moved to Nebraska when I was 8 years old and joined the Bellevue Soccer Club. The Bellevue Soccer Club was a great program and starting at U9 the team I was on we stuck together through the years all way up until U14. Throughout my Soccer Career I was the Goal Keeper for all the teams I played on. I played with the Bellevue Select Soccer team for two seasons with one Title. In high school freshmen and sophomore year I played JV for Papillion La-Vista South Titans. My JR and Senior year I was on Varsity squad. I went undefeated in Penalty shootouts as a High school keeper with my Varsity stats being 153 Saves, 5 shutouts, and #2 on the All-Time High school goal keeper list for Papillion South high.
What do you like about the Wolves?
The Wolves is a great organization and I’m honored that I get to coach with this organization. I enjoy helping the kids, and the Directors do a great job to make sure the coaches have everything they need to be a successful coach.
Who is your favorite soccer player of all-time?
Jens Lehmann the German Native was the Goalkeeper who inspired me to become a great goalkeeper myself. I enjoyed watching his games as he played for Arsenal in his club career and his National Team Germany. Jens was very entertaining keeper to watch and he was fearless coming out for a ball or stopping a goal. I was heartbroken when Jens and Germany didn’t make the world cup final in 2006, as they finished I third place. I knew that would be Jen Lehmann last world cup with Germany. Jens Lehmann final stats at Arsenal 148 Appearances, 89 wins, 23 losses, 36 draws, and 54 clean sheets. Jens Lehmann retired international Play in 2008 and club play in 2010.
What is your favorite thing about soccer?
The competitiveness and the different diversity the game brings. Soccer is different around the world and each part of the world there are different playing styles. In Africa you won’t find the same style as you would in Brazil, and the same goes for other parts of the world like USA is different from the Asian region parts of the world. That is what I like about the game. The whole world is playing the same game, but with different styles.
What is your favorite part of working with kids?
I enjoy passing my knowledge to the game down to the youth that want to progress in the sport. There are many opportunities for these kids and I’m happy being a part of their journey. My goal is to make sure I have what I need as a coach so that the kids can succeed on and off the field.