Why did you decide to coach?
My college coach actually encouraged me to begin coaching. He had several of his coaching colleagues hire me for camps while I was still playing, and then my coach eventually hired me once I graduated from college.
Did you play soccer in college?
I played four years at Washington College, a Division III school in Chestertown, MD.
What is one of your funniest and favorite coaching moments?
One of my favorite coaching moments was early in my coaching career as an assistant. I had suggested a minor tweak to our system and personnel which the head coach made, and we won the game because of it. That moment gave me the confidence to be a successful coach moving forward.
What do you think your coaching philosophy is?
My coaching philosophy centers around playing the game right way. I like for our teams to play an attractive, attacking style of soccer with a focus on building out of the back. In connecting both sides of the ball, our teams gain even more confidence in our ability to defend and begin our attacks from the back.
What is one of your proudest moments as a coach?
I have two moments. My first moment is winning the outright IAC title and the DCSAA championship in my first year as a head coach at STA. The second is our most recent IAC tournament championship last week. With the most recent title, our team improved over the course of the season, and they did the little things right. I can't put into words the amount of pride I feel for our team this year.
What was the highlight of this season?
The highlight of the season, apart from the IAC tournament championship, was maintaining 10 shutouts in our 12 IAC games.
What made you want to coach and teach?
I would go back to my college coach on the coaching side because he was able to teach me about planning training sessions and managing personalities. In terms of teaching, I had three outstanding professors in my major and minor (English and Drama) who were passionate about their fields of study. Those three professors were also approachable both in and out of class. For me, I wanted to have that same effect on students who do or do not have an interest in my classes or sports.
What is the most difficult part of teaching at STA?
I would say the most challenging aspect of teaching at STA is working with the students on their day-to-day management of assignments, assessments, and extracurriculars in order to manage their expectations.
What is your advice for boys who want to look sharp on a daily basis?
I would encourage the boys to focus on the simple features, such as combing their hair, wearing a belt, or making sure their shirt is tucked. Once the boys are able to perform those tasks on a regular basis, then they can worry about stylistic choices.