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Field of Dreams: Former Girls’ Soccer Coach Launched Career Thanks to Opportunity at DHS

Tell us more about your time at Donegal, including leading the team to back-to-back PIAA AA State Championships in 2009 and 2010.
My time at Donegal is one of my most cherished life experiences. I started my head coaching career because Mr. Felix and Mr. Kennedy gave me a chance, and I will be forever grateful for their belief in me. I am well aware that I stepped in to coach a talented team at the right time, and more than anything, I am grateful for the chance to have been a part of an amazing championship run.

What was the most rewarding part of your time as coach at Donegal?
The most rewarding part of my time at Donegal was the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young adults. I coach because I hope to instill the values of integrity, discipline, and the pursuit of excellence, and being able to impact student-athletes at DHS was incredibly meaningful to me.

How does it make you feel to have been part of the legacy championship team?
I am honored and proud to be a part of the championship program. It was a special time for Donegal Girls Soccer, and I'm just thankful to have worked with such a special group of players, coaches, administrators, parents, and fans.

What makes you most proud to have the Indians on your coaching resume?
As proud as I am to have won two state championships, I'm far more proud of the quality of character of the players I coached. I saw our players develop as people as much as soccer players, and I was blown away by the level of integrity I witnessed on a regular basis. Because I believe in the special quality of the Donegal community, I'm particularly proud that I made a meaningful contribution to such a hardworking and passionate school district.

What is your impression of the new athletic complex at DHS?
The new athletic complex is impressive! It is a great step for the future of DHS athletics.

What is your best memory from your time at Donegal?
My favorite memory from my time at Donegal may be the moments right before our big games. I specifically remember watching the team do their "team time" moments before we cleared the field for the state playoff matches at Hershey stadium. This three-minute ritual symbolized the chemistry this team possessed on and off the field. They were willing to sacrifice for one another, elevate the team above their personal interests, and unite for a common purpose. I may have not realized the unique way Donegal athletes did this, but looking back on those moments now, I am blown away by the character displayed by those student-athletes, even as they approached the biggest games of their lives.

What is your hope for the future of Donegal athletics?
My hope for Donegal athletics is that while the programs continue to grow and develop, they never lose their roots. The absolute best part of coaching at Donegal was getting to be a small part of an extraordinary community. I hope future student-athletes never lose sight of what makes their school so special.

What advice do you have to current and future soccer players at DHS?
My advice for soccer players at DHS is to take each day as an opportunity to be the best version of yourself. Don't let a practice go by without finding a way to be better than you were yesterday. Over time, your everyday pursuit of personal excellence will make big difference.

Why is it important to preserve the athletic facilities and programs at DHS, through support of Donegal Athletic Club?
Supporting the Donegal Athletic Club is a critical component to preserving the athletic facilities and programs at DHS. Donegal Athletics has a rich history and will have a bright future as long as members of the community continue to demonstrate their support.

Tell us a little more about what's new in your life today, and what it’s like to be the head coach for a collegiate team?
Although the process is different, the heart of what I do today is no different than what I did at Donegal. I am honored to continue pursuing my passion to positively impact the lives of young adults, and doing so for Franklin & Marshall College here in Lancaster County is an honor.