This season will mark my 8th year as Head Coach at Quinnipiac University and each year the feeling going into pre-season is the same. There’s the excitement of the new season, the anxiety over meshing new personalities, and stress! A whole lot of stress! The summer has come and gone way too quickly, but I’m ready to get back into the everyday routine of working with my team. I’ve spent the summer working of course, with the normal routine of recruiting, ordering equipment, securing buses, booking hotels, and a host of other things that are too long to list here. But I have also spent a great deal of time with my son who just turned one in June. Watching him grow and helping him learn new things have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life. I’ve played more golf than I have in quite some time and subsequently lost an obscene number of golf balls in the process. I was able to watch almost every Euro Cup match, rooting for Portugal of course, and again allowing them to break my heart in yet another major tournament. There has also been a great deal of reading, self-study, and professional development. All of which I hope will help me guide my team to a successful year.
The first of many 16-hour days comes to an end, but the journey has only just begun. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you this fall and sincerely hope you enjoy reading about them. I thank Soccer Banter for the opportunity and for helping promote the college game. Good luck and best wishes to all of the college coaches and players who follow Soccer Banter. May your seasons be both memorable and successful.