....then you know the powerful impact a great coach can have on a team's success. When a coach not only expects the best, but also gives their best, great things can happen on and off the field. Read on to meet Storm's superb team of coaches...
Storm Soccer Club has a hardworking and dedicated volunteer team of certified coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers that spend countless hours each season with our players. They are in a position to guide our player's long term development, teach them the skills needed to improve their game, encourage physical fitness, but they also contribute much more.
Motivating, encouraging, giving a gentle push in a new direction, our Storm coaches make a significant impact on a player's overall development. By sharing their knowledge and passion for the game of soccer with their players, they are making a significant contribution to our soccer community. In alphabetical order, Storm is pleased to introduce you to our roster of coaches for winter 2015/16:
Coach Clark Bain (U12C Boys, U12C Girls, U14A Boys, U14B Boys)
In addition to holding the position as Storm Club President, Clark is one of our most dedicated coaches, enjoying many hours on the pitch. His "firm but fair" approach to coaching will be instrumental this season on four of Storm's teams, lending his expertise where he can. He is also mentoring some younger coaches as well, Danielle Patterson (U12C Girls), and Anna Keddy (U12C Boys), who both are eager to gain some coaching experience alongside a more seasoned coach. Look for Coach Clark on the side of the pitch, any given Sunday!
Coach Greg Bonnell (U12B Boys)
Possibly the most positive and upbeat person you will find anywhere, Coach Greg is a busy husband, father of two, and business owner. Each week, he manages to carve out time to greet his U12B Boys with enthusiasm, and likes nothing better than to put his coaching whistle to good use, especially during a boisterous scrimmage session! He encourages long term player development, but also ensures the focus is on FUN for the team.
Coach Nick Boutilier (U14A & U14B Boys)
When not behind the wheel of some monster truck, steam roller, or digger-type machine, Nick can be found field side with the U14A and U14B Boys. Easy going, but with a competitive streak, Nick puts the boys through their paces each week, and is an enthusiastic supporter of all the players he coaches. A husband, father of three, and owner of a construction company, his strong work ethic is passed on to the players he coaches. Hard working and committed to seeing his teams develop, his dedication to the Club is admirable.
Coach Bob Eagle (U10B Boys)
As a devoted parent who attends every practice and game that his son takes part in, it was only a matter of time before Bob couldn't resist the siren call of Storm looking for dedicated coaches. He finally succumbed this year, and will be the Assistant Coach for the U10B Boys this winter season. He is taking his new responsibility seriously, and will be attending the "Learn to Train " coaching clinic for his certification this fall. Welcome aboard Mr. Eagle! (Coolest last name ever...)
Coach Pat Ferguson (U12B Boys)
Easygoing, good natured, unassumming....but don't be fooled, Coach Pat has mad soccer skills lurking under the surface! He also couldn't resist stepping up to "help out" with his kid's teams, and he is now entering his second year of coaching with Storm. Quickly becoming a key member of our coaching team, Pat's focus is on development, but he wants to make sure that fun is of paramount importance.
Coach Mark Harper (Minis U6/U8)
Mark, one of the three founding members of Storm Soccer Club, is a proud Geordie (he hails from Newcastle, England). Mark has coached all levels of players, but he has found his niche with our youngest group. His enthusiasm for the game makes him wildly popular with "his minis", and they have a great time learning the fundamentals of the game with him. Football is clearly in his DNA, and he seems to have infinite patience with this age group, repeating his mantra endlessly: #TakeATouch #FindYourSpace #SpreadOut. He is the Pied Piper of Minis! Mark is also a mentor coach this season to some of Storm's older players, who have expressed a desire to become a coach themselves; Emily Herbert, Eric Fleet, and Nathan Nauffts will all be helping out.
Coach Mike Lynch (U16A Boys)
Coach Mike is among the trio of founding members of Storm Soccer Club, and has a lifelong passion for all things athletic. Soccer, rugby, track and field...you name it, and Mike has done it. (and probably broken at least one bone doing it....). An Irishman, you can always tell when Mike has come off the pitch, as his face will be bright red - his unbridled enthusiasm for the game is written all over his face! Mike has coached all age levels, both girls and boys, and he will be a huge support for the U16A Boys this winter season.
Coach Rodrigo Machado (U10B Boys, U14A Boys)
Adding to the International flavour of Storm's coaching roster is "Coach Ro", who comes to us from Brazil, a country known for its passion for all things football. Rodrigo is leading the charge this winter season with the U10B Boys, and will also be assisting with the U14A Boys as his schedule permits. With an encyclopediac knowledge of all things football related, Coach Ro is a valuble resource for the Club and its players!
Coach Stuart "Shouty Man" McCormack (U16A Boys, U16B Boys)
Known for his "vocal" coaching style, and his "Euro fit" coaching attire, Coach Stuart has been a huge supporter of Storm since its inception. A lifelong Sunderland fan, Stuart lives and breathes football. His passion and enthusiasm for the game is infectious to all those who have the opportunity to be coached by him, and it's apparent that he derives great joy from watching his players develop over the season. He is known for his powerful voice projection, and can be heard directing his team from the side of the pitch. Stuart also plays for Storm's Senior Men's Master team, and he racks up the steps on his "fitbit" on days when he coaches and plays a game with his own team.
Coach JP Michaud (U12C Girls)
Coach JP has a summer season of coaching under his belt, and is Assistant Coaching this winter with the U12C Girls team. Always a strong supporter of his daughter, JP was always at every practice and game, so coaching was a natural fit for him. JP is a die-hard hockey fan, so Storm is grateful that he has room in his life for soccer as well as his Mooseheads. Always the first at Eric Graves to set up the field for practice, JP's contribution to Storm has been great, and the Club looks forward to having him on board for another season.
Coach Ian "Shorty" Webster & Coach John Webb (U18 Boys)
It was only fitting that a joint picture of this "Dynamic Duo" be used for the purposes of this profile....as Coaches Ian and John are a force to be reckoned with (both on and off the pitch)! This pair has been working with our U18 Boys for the past few seasons, and they are beloved by both the players and parents. Their exhuberance for the game and their dedication to "their boys" is readily apparent, and they have built up an amazing rapport with the boys. Coach John lives in Eastern Passage, and newlywed Coach Ian resides in Lantz, but they work together as a team to make sure their players have a great experience each season.
Coach Simon Wilson (U16A Boys)
Last, but certainly not least, is Coach Simon Wilson. The third in the trio of founding members of Storm, Simon has been an intregal cog in the Storm wheel since its inception. Also hailing from the UK, Simon's passion for all things football is balanced by his calm, reasonable, and steady presence on the side of the pitch. Greatly respected in the coaching community, Simon derives great pleasure from seeing his team develop through a season. Sharing his knowledge of the game, working with his players through rough patches, and celebrating a team's triumphs all make Simon a stellar coach....Simon is the back bone of Storm's coaching team!