Coach Jake has been the Men's Soccer Head Coach since early March of 2018. Before becoming the Men's Soccer Head Coach, Coach Jake held the position of the team Graduate Assistant Coach during the Fall 2017 soccer season.
A statement from Coach Jake – "My priority is to build the men's soccer program to a respectable standard as well as increase the player roster size with passionate, well-rounded, hard-working players who have a desire to achieve success both on and off the field. The men's soccer program here at Anna Maria College has great potential to become something extraordinary in the near future."
Coach Jake was raised in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area, where he played his youth soccer career at Lehigh Valley United. Coach Jake then played for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (NCAA Division II), which he played four years for the BU Huskies as a Goalkeeper, where he appeared in a total of 23 matches for the Huskies.
In making the transition into coaching, Coach Jake is thoroughly invested in developing his knowledge as a coach and his commitment to career-long learning. Also, Coach Jake focuses heavily on the overall holistic development of his team and players. He has obtained his United Soccer Coaches (USC) Premier Diploma, Advanced National Diploma, National Diploma as well as his Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. Coach Jake has also obtained his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) D License and is planning to acquire additional diplomas, licenses, and badges within the near future.
Throughout the years, Coach Jake has been employed and has volunteered at numerous youth soccer clubs, high schools, camps/clinics, and college/universities across the United States to gain valuable coaching experiences.
From Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Coach Jake received in May of 2017 a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and in May of 2018, graduated from Anna Maria College with a Master's Degree in Social Work (completed within the one year - Advanced Standing Program).
Along with Coach Jake's coaching responsibilities, he is also the Administrative Assistant for the Anna Maria College Social Work Departments assisting both the Bachelor's Social Work and Master's Social Work Directors in running the daily operations of the academic departments.
We got to know coach a little more in-depth after sitting down and asking him a few questions.
What is your favorite hobby?
My job, my passion, my favorite hobby is being a full-time soccer coach; it does not feel like work when you genuinely enjoy what you do for a living each day.