In our next installment of Coach of the Month we are excited to celebrate Coach Megan! Each month we feature coaches from across all ASA programs to learn more about their backgrounds and stories.
What programs do you coach and how long have you been coaching with ASA?
I’ve been coaching with ASA since spring 2022. I coach in the Junior Academy (go San Diego Wave!) and Futsal Ball Mastery and League.
When did you begin coaching? What got you interested?
I began coaching soccer when I was 14, and it came from a deep love for the game. I’ve played since I was three, and I love that I can experience soccer from a different perspective through coaching.
What is one of your favorite things about coaching for ASA?
I really enjoy coaching with all of the great coaches at ASA. I also love having fun playing soccer with all of the kids I work with. They often do and say the craziest and funny things that make our practices really enjoyable.
Where did you grow up and what’s your favorite soccer memory from your childhood?
I grew up playing soccer in both Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Birmingham, Alabama. My favorite soccer memory growing up was going to see the US women’s national team play Australia in 2009. I will always remember getting to watch Abby Wambach play.
When you’re not coaching what do you like to do in your free time?
I spend my free time playing soccer (with ASA’s women’s Futsal team and around the DMV!), going for walks with my two dogs, and eating yummy food.
Who’s your soccer hero and why?
My soccer hero or rather heroes, are the 1999 women’s World Cup team. Every time I watch highlights from that tournament, especially Brandi Chastain’s winning goal and celebration in the finals, I get chills. They really set the stage for what women’s soccer could become and has become, and they became a great example for young girls, like me, of what women can do.
And finally….give us one fun fact about yourself.
I’ve had the privilege of playing soccer against teams across three regions in Costa Rica during my time as a collegiate athlete.