As part of New England Soccer Journal’s "50 Most Influential" edition, I wanted to take the time in my column to recognize the most influential coach on my own career.
That person is Steve Shoff.
Coach Shoff was my head coach when I played at Weymouth (Mass.) High School (1996-99). Coach Shoff led three Weymouth High School boys soccer teams to Division 1 MIAA state championships (1991, ’96, ’97), and I was lucky to play for those last two titles. Coach Shoff also was named to the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2007).
Many coaches will find their influence and support from someone they work under or assist. I never really had that opportunity to work under Coach due to my career path, so Steve’s influence came directly from playing for him. The large majority of coaches are former players and their playing experience provides the foundation for their knowledge of the game.