Memories That Last Forever

I’ve been coaching for a few years now and enjoy all ages and times during soccer development while watching the young athletes grow on and off the field.  The season’s change and you watch the clubs u8’s beehive their way to u10 when the first passing part of the game opens up new thrills and potential. Then you roll into those u13’s and u14’s when all of the baby giraffe’s seem to be coming to your club practices/games.  Next, you roll into the excitement of league play & travel…away from the weekend trophy hunt and into the building of teams & parents within a club format. They develop and laugh along the way. It is almost impossible to get to the top…let along stay on top, get into the final four of State tourney…or win one.  The cycle begins again when the young athletes move and become a college-bound student or if they are fortunate enough…student-athlete.

However, one of my top memories will always remain watching local High School events with all of the young athletes that come via our development programs.  Watching them go up against one another and seeing the parents thrills, cheers and intense moments. Watching them hit one another and then help their opponent BUT club teammate up… slapping them on the back as they run away.  I take it in from all sides…as a parent with two children that have gone through the same task of High School soccer programs. It is difficult to put into words when you dig for something/someone as they grow from u8 to u18…

Last night we had the fun of watching Milford High School vs Loveland High School.  The JV and Varsity program for Loveland High School has twenty-four (24) players that are being developed by Loveland’s Mike Dunlap (Loveland Head Coach) & Cincinnati Elite FC.  The JV & Varsity program for Milford High School has twenty-six (26) players that are being developed by Milford’s Brian Croston (Milford Head Coach) & Cincinnati Elite FC. Going back to the start of the High School season, Loveland High School played Moeller High School while Moeller’s JV & Varsity program has eleven (11)  players that are being developed by Moeller’s Mike Welker (Moeller Head Coach) and Rahul Mathur (Moeller assistant varsity coach & Cincinnati Elite FC Boys 03 Gold & 05 Gold coach) and Cincinnati Elite FC’s year-round program.

The memories last forever in this never ending cycle of HS home turf and our/your club development of these young athletes.

Alex Rawlings
Cincinnati Elite FC | Club Director