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Meet the Coaches: Scott Summers, Girls Soccer Coach

Soccer has been a vital part of Scott Summers’ life for more than two decades. The Lancaster County native played soccer at Pequea Valley High School before graduating and accepting an athletic scholarship to play NCAA Division II collegiate soccer.

After college, Summers played in Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany at the professional development level, and he briefly played semi-pro soccer in the U.S. before hanging up his cleats due to ongoing injuries.

While no longer able to play himself, Summers did not give up the game, and he instead turned to coaching and training soccer players of all ages. In 2003, Summers moved to the Donegal School District with his wife, Emily, and their two children, and, in 2011, Summers began working as the assistant coach for the Donegal High School girls’ soccer program. In 2013, Summers took over as the head coach of the Donegal boys’ junior high program until 2017 when he assumed his current position as the head coach of the Donegal girls’ soccer program for both the high school and junior high. 

Q&A with Scott Summers    

Q: Why is community support important for Donegal Athletics?

Supporting student-athletes goes a long way toward creating a bond and a connection between a community and the teenagers living within the community.

Support comes in a variety of forms, but when adults show their support for their local teams, we are acknowledging that their persistence, preparation, hard work, and commitment counts for something. We are acknowledging that education-based, high school sports enhance the lives of young people, helping them to develop a strong work ethic and self-discipline skills that will help them be productive community members.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a coach?

Two things immediately come to mind. First, coaching never gets boring because you never know it all.  The game and players are always evolving.  You are always learning from the experience and refining your coaching technique.

The other would be seeing the excitement of a player as they build confidence in themselves and achieve their goals.

Q: What has been your best moment as a coach?  

There are many moments I can think of that have been extra special, but the top of the list is that I have been fortunate enough to have had many opportunities to coach my own kids at various points in their lives—creating a lot of great memories.

Q: What’s your philosophy on coaching?

My coaching philosophy is fairly simple: I believe that, if you have knowledge, you pass it on to those who do not. I believe that playing sports as a child or young adult not only builds character and confidence but also gives a sense of accomplishment. There are constant reminders and lessons of life, teaching us about work habits, communication with others, how to be accountable, how to deal with adversity, how to work as a team, not just as an individual. 

Q: What makes Donegal Athletics so special?

I grew up in a small community similar to the Donegal School District. So, for me, the athletic programs at Donegal are special in the sense that I like to root for and support the underdog. Smaller programs and the kids involved in those programs deserve every bit of access and opportunity that the larger programs have, including quality training and mentoring. I made a commitment a long time ago to use my experiences and time to help players, who might not otherwise get a similar experience within a smaller community, develop to their fullest potential. One thing that attracted me to Donegal Athletics is that there are other coaches and trainers here with a similar mindset.   

Q: What do you want your athletes to take away from being on your team?

One thing I always try to take time for and emphasize throughout a season, and that I hope that players take with them beyond high school, is that the coaching staff cares about them as people, not just as athletes. We invest a great deal in trying to get to know our players, supporting them on and off the field.