Supporting our growth, during and after-school, and over the summer months (200+ students in 2012 to 2,000 students in 2016) is a group of committed, part-time employees with impressive soccer coaching backgrounds, including Luiny Ascencio, who is also a member of the Boston Breakers Academy staff, retired North Andover Soccer Coach, Bill Tarbox, long-time Beyond Soccer volunteer and coach, Lucas Skelecki, who also volunteers time coaching the U12 Thunder, Andover resident and local businessman, David Heckendorn, who also served on Beyond Soccer’s Board of Directors. We also have a handful of parents assisting our teams for the first time.
An exciting and important part of our coaching model, is developing youth who have grown up in our programs, to step into leadership roles as Coach-Mentors. Today, 5 Beyond Soccer high school graduates, work as Coach-Mentors in the schools and after school promoting our youth development through sports model. We also hire at least 8-10 Beyond Soccer college students as Summer Coach-Mentors.
In addition, more than 100 volunteers contribute to our recreational league and summer camps. A cohort of retired teachers, led by Diane LaMonica, who taught for 17 years in the Lynn Public School Systems, is strengthening our volunteer teaching resources, and partnerships, so that our Travel Program participants, with academic need, get homework help after school on their non-soccer days.