Coach Ed Smith

Why do you love soccer?

Growing up in Germany, soccer was the one thing i had in common with everyone. My neighbors didn’t speak English so at first it was hard to make friends, but once I learned to play soccer it became easier to relate to all the kids in my neighborhood.

As i got older soccer was always the one place i knew i go and just let loose. be myself, and have fun. Soccer has helped teach me so many things.

What’s your favorite thing about coaching soccer?

Growing up I didn’t always have the best coaches. In college I had a coach who made me not want to play soccer anymore. I make it my mission to make sure that all of my athletes love the game of soccer and continue to grow on and off the field.

What would like your players to take away from their time with you?

Hard Work and Dedication

Please share one of your favorite coaching memories.

Watching my athletes do things they think they can’t do and seeing their face light up once they have accomplished it.

What do you like most about coaching for Calcio?

I love Calcio because it isn’t just a soccer club its a family. Everyone looks out for each other and helps where they can.

What coaching certifications/degrees to you have or are you working toward currently?

Safesport Trained
CDC Concussion in Sports
Head Up! Concussion in youth sports,
Coaching Unified Sports
Heart Saver 1st Aid CPR & AED

What do you like to do when you’re not coaching soccer?

Either playing soccer on my own or coaching my Special Olympics teams