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Coaches Spotlight

PFC’s Coaches Spotlight of the Month is to recognize and highlight our strong coaching staff.  We believe in our coaches and want everyone to get to know all of them just a little better!

  February, 2018

Q&A with
Dave Rich

 Coach Dave has been a youth coach for 20 plus years and a youth soccer coach for over 18 years. His soccer education began in the PFC junior's program learning with our Director of Coaching. That experience led Coach Dave to form the 97/98 PFC Girls at U11 and he coached them until U18 and helped 9 of them play in college. Coach Dave has also been an assistant on the 02 PFC boys and is currently the 03 PFC Girls head coach. His day job is as a Senior Technical Specialist for GAI Consultants in their Energy and Transportation Permitting Department.

Coach Dave is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a National Youth License, State E License, NSCAA Level VI course, Goalkeeping Level II, Mental/Physical Player Development Diploma, CDC, "Heads Up" Concussion Certificate and Nation Federation of High School/NSCAA Professional Development Certificate. In an effort to "always keep learning" the game of soccer, he has also attended nine NSCAA Coaching Conventions.
 Why do you coach?  I enjoy watching my players grow, in the game and off the field because of what they learn playing the game.

What is one of your favorite quotes?  “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”

If you could own a pet dinosaur which one would it be and why?

What was your favorite subject in school?  It's a three way tie between nap time, gym class or recess.

November, 2017

Q&A with Sean Richter

Coach Sean started coaching youth in 1995 in the North Hills when his brothers were playing ball. He has been coaching consistently for the past 7 years. He has coached for the Jaguars United, West Mifflin Boys Varsity, Penn State GA men and now at Thomas Jefferson High School. He coaches the PFC u11b and u17b teams.

What was an experience that made you stronger in sports? As a young athlete Turning negativity into positive motivation and accomplishing your goals. Never doubt yourself. Never let others dictate your worth.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
"The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there" Work to be your best- Individually or as a group set goals and put in the work to accomplish them.

If you were reincarnated as ice cream, what flavor would you be?
Moose Tracks- Has a little bit of everything in it - and you gotta love it.

Who is your hero and why?
I have many heroes and people I admire but The strength I see in children with their ability to overcome adversity and fight is truly amazing. "Izzy" Was a three year old little girl who just wanted to play when she was diagnosed with cancer. Without a clue what was happening to her she was truly amazing. With out complaint she fought week in and week out through the medications, treatments and therapy. Today she is a beautiful 11 yr old that continues to amaze me with the perfect little lady she has become.


October, 2017

Q&A with
Olivia Wilkerson

COACHING: Coach Olivia has been coaching since 2015 when she started with the California Middle School team. She joined the coaching staff of PFC in Fall 2015, with the PFC 2004/2005 Girls team. She played cup soccer for Foothills Soccer Club from 1999-2003 and finished with STM in her 2003-2004 season. Coach Olivia played collegiate soccer for Westminster College from 2004-2007.

Coach Olivia holds the US Soccer National "F" License, NSCAA - GoalKeeper Level I & II Diploma & the Heads UP! Concussion in Youth Sports Certification.

What team do you coach? PFC 2005 Girls

Who is your hero and why? My hero would be my parents. They taught me how to work hard, sets goals and achieve them. They gave me the tools to be successful and taught me how to overcome obstacles.

What motivates you to work hard? My players motivate me to work hard. Their will to learn and to be the best they can be pushes me to work hard, not only for them, but also myself to conquer all goals or given opportunities.

What makes you laugh the most?
The comical "one-liners" from my 05 girls team. They come up with some good ones! #battle

Proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment would be becoming a coach and having the opportunity to share my love, passion, and knowledge for the game with all of our future athletes.


April, 2017

Q&A with
Kris Schemm

COACHING: Coach Kris has been coaching since 2005 when he started coaching the u8 Girls. He is the Harrison Middle School Boys Coach and has been President of BWSA since 2009. He has previously Coached Middle School Girls Soccer.

Coach Kris currently holds an E Certificate, NSCAA High School Cert, NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeping, ACA Coaching Certification, NSCAA Special Topics: Key Moments in the Game, Cardiac Wise 2.0, SSI Concussion Safety Certification, NSCAA Attacking Principles of Play, NSCAA ST: The Mental Game.

What team do you coach? PFC U15 Boys Piranhas

What is the coolest place you’ve ever visited?
The coolest place I ever visited is London, England.

What makes it the “coolest”?
The history, cultural diversity and the people make it such an interesting place to visit. Add in the football, especially Chelsea FC and you really can't go wrong!

Why do you coach?
I enjoy the competition, but especially like seeing when the players "get it", when they take what we work on in training and execute it in the game...not much better than that!

Favorite restaurant and why?
Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD...the best burgers!!

Describe yourself in 3 words.
Fun, Patient, Competitive

March, 2017

Q&A with Ron Lupori

COACHING: Ron has been involved in professional coaching for 28+ years.  This includes 20 years of CUP experience coaching both boys and girls with 11 of those years here at PFC.  Ron also has a total of 14 years of High school coaching experience also with both boys and girls programs throughout this period of time.  Additionally, Ron has coached 5 years and 4 seasons at Waynesburg University as the Men’s Assistant Coach.  Finally, Ron has been involved throughout these years with various camps and clinics in the area.

What team do you coach? PFC U16 and U17 Girls Teams.

PLAYING: Ron has vast playing experience.  He has played 4 years at California University of Pennsylvania.  He played 21 years in the GPSL with the Dunlevy Redbirds Men’s Team as well as 10 seasons in the premier division with the Mon Valley over 30 team.  Currently Ron is rostered with the Mon Valley over 40 team.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Ron has a current C license with the USSF and an Advance National Diploma with the NSCAA. Moreover, Ron has been named to the Charleroi High School Hall of Fame and the Charleroi High School All Half Century Team. Ron earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  His doctoral research was focused on character development of the student athletes.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?  Israel, because I want to walk where Jesus walked and see the Bible come alive.

Who inspired you most as a player and why?  My dad, Uncle and Grandfather all taught, pushed and supported me, and shaped me as a person and player.  Certainly Dennis Laskey who coached me in both High school and College made me into a complete player and started my passion towards coaching, but as for a player that may have inspired me.  I would have to go with Johan Cruyff.  Growing up watching him play was an incredible site.  He could handle the ball as well as anyone, and if I was in the yard pretending to be someone it was Cruyff…

What is your favorite music?  I am very diverse in my music appreciation. However, I will still bust out some 80’s stuff from time to time, but mostly I listen to contemporary Christian or Gospel music. Jesus Culture, Hillsong United, Fred Hammond, Canton Jones and Toby Mac; to name a few.

What is your favorite food?  Can’t beat a perfectly medium rare steak!!!!!!!!

 February, 2017

Q&A with
Jim Van Kirk

 Jim was chosen for the first spotlight because he has been with our club for quite a few years.  Jim provides a quality training environment and cares about each one of his players.  He is always willing to step up and help the club in other areas when needed. Jim is also servers as the Vice President of PFC. The Pittsburgh Football Club is honored to have Coach Jim Van Kirk on staff!

What team do you coach?  99/00 Boys and 06 Boys  

What is your coaching philosophy?  My passion and love for the game is what drives me as a Coach. I am able to foster the growth of my players through the numerous opportunities I am able to provide though my years of networking. I will mold a group of individuals to communicate, to be responsible and to hold themselves accountable. I believe in nurturing their dreams to be their best on and off the field.   

Who was a coach that most influenced you and why?  I owe a lot of my success to three coaches; first is my high school coach Don Castor he fostered me as a player, as well as started my coaching career when he introduced me to coaching an under-8 team while in still in high school.   Paul Hudson was my next influence he gave me my first opportunity to coach at the classic level with 3 Rivers Soccer Club.  He was my mentor for 5 years while coaching beside him at Keystone Oaks High School and 3 Rivers.  Lastly Rich Salvini gave me the confidence to take my coaching to the Collegiate level.   I appreciate all the coaches I have been in contact with over the past 20 plus years because this job is always a learning experience and I have learned from new and experienced coaches.   

What is your favorite music?  I’m not a big music person but my favorite group of all time is the Beastie Boys.     

If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why?   I love to travel and would like to make it to England someday to watch and experience the game of soccer.   

How would your friends describe you?  Passionate and determined

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