Each month we feature one ASA coach to learn more about his or her background and personal story. This month we’re featuring Coach Elmer, who coaches in our Academy Program, the Futsal League and Junior Academy.
Where did you grow up and what’s your favorite soccer memory from your childhood?
I grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and I have so many soccer memories. If I were to pick one, it would be of when I was 9, and my soccer team would have games outside on hot summer days; after these games we would go get slurpees with our coach, not caring about whether we won or lost and just satisfied with the hard work we put in.
When did you begin coaching? What got you interested?
I love teaching kids, and I have been teaching swimming since age 16. I love soccer and I grew up playing both rec and travel soccer with ASA. To expand my teaching skills and to get back in to soccer, I decided to reach out to ASA and began coaching in early 2016. I am extremely excited to be part of the development of the new generation of players in the City of Alexandria, especially since ASA is where I first played.
What is one of your favorite things about coaching for ASA?
One of my favorite things would have to be watching the Junior academy group, under Coach Grigor, transition into a Travel academy team and blossom as soccer athletes.
When you’re not coaching what do you like to do in your free time?
I currently am a full-time student at George Mason University and with the little time that I get off I enjoy getting out and playing pick-up soccer.
Last but not least, who’s your soccer hero and why?!
Growing up I had many soccer heroes, but if I were to pick one, it would be Ronaldinho. Growing up I admired his magical ball control and I would try to mimic his style of play. I remember watching his Joga Bonito youth video where he plays Futsal and I was always amazed by his footwork on the ball; this motivated me to improve as a young player.
Thanks Elmer! We are so glad you’ve come full circle and are now coaching at ASA.