Families of Greenbush Soccer Club,
Amazingly, mid-June is here and the end of the 2018-19 season is upon us. Looking back on my first full season at Greenbush, our club has a lot to be proud of. We have seen a ton of growth on the field with our players and our teams, as well as in how we operate as a club. We introduced new coaches who have certainly added to the club – Tara Keefe & Stephani Church on the Girls side, Marcos Spanos, Reid Conde, Bryan Lussier & Ryan Clarke on the Boys side. We added new programming through our relationship with UAlbany – both when we had 15 Great Danes players out to different indoor sessions, and with our joint summer camp hosted at Greenbush. All of these additions are just the first steps of continuing to enhance and bolster our player development and our team success.
Speaking of which, it was a banner year for our players and teams. Among all of our Boys & Girls teams, we finished first in many of indoor sessions at the Afrims and Halfmoon Sportsplex Leagues, claimed championships at the President’s Day Cup, Skidmore Scramble, i88 Tournament, Niskayuna Tournament, Saratoga May Day Classic, Clifton Park Tournament, Cap City Showcase, I-88 Tournament, Mountain Mayhem Tournament, & Bethlehem Tournament. At the highly competitive NEFC Tournament this spring, Greenbush SC took home three trophies as our U13 Boys, U13 Girls & U14 Girls all won their flights. And most impressively, our U13 Girls won the entire Eastern NY Arch Cup.
Individually, we saw our players rewarded for their efforts. Two of our Greenbush SC girls were named to Eastern NY ODP in Addison Galuski (U13 Greenbush) & Carlye Anna Boenau (U14 Greenbush). We saw six different Greenbush SC boys on the Eastern NY ODP teams: Kyaw Lah Hsee, Joshua Catanzarita, Cameron Mingle, Johner Soe, Carter Norton (all on U13 Greenbush) & Napoleon Htoo (U15 Greenbush). And very happy for Shayna Lenney of our U18 Girls who will be playing for SUNY Potsdam in the fall.
All of these accolades – and I’m sure to be missing some – come from the hard work put in by the players and coaches. They also serve as a benchmark, as we look to surpass the team successes and player growth of the 2018-19 season. I believe we can achieve an even better season in 2019-20 through continuity of our players and coaches, and challenging Greenbush SC against a higher standard.
Although we cannot announce it just yet, we are set to release our coaching lineup for the coming season ahead of next week’s tryouts. Along with a few key additions, you will see tremendous continuity in our coaching staff. Continuity allows our players a certain comfort level, but we will keep working to refine how our coaches teach the game, specific to the age group they are at, in order to optimize individual player development. We will continue to improve and supplement our programming, while challenging ourselves in tougher flights at more competitive tournaments. We will move forward in creating more ways to get the players and families of the club more connected on and off the field.
As we close the door on the 2018-19 season and celebrate the successes, we have great opportunities ahead for this club and its members. I look forward to pushing our Greenbush SC teams & players even farther. As always, it will be best accomplished with all of us working together and tackling our challenges together.
I hope to see all of you at tryouts and again at our Greenbush Soccer Camp at the end of the summer.
Director of Coaching – Greenbush SC
Assistant Coach – UAlbany Men’s Soccer