With a playing career that spans from U12 town soccer all the way to college and the W-League, it was only natural that one of the first things Marcy did when she moved to Lawrence was seek out a city youth program. She came to us with extensive experience coaching U14 travel teams, training high school goalkeepers, and working at soccer clinics and camps. Now 6 years later, she has helped Beyond Soccer with its spring and fall city-wide rec program, has coached the U12 team, the high school age team and currently the new girls grade 4 team- the Jaguars. She has also recently welcomed two additional Ansleys to Beyond Soccer–her children! She has a son and daughter who play in the rec league.
Fun fact: Before becoming a Mom, Marcy rode a motorcycle - she even took a wedding photo while sitting on the bike.
Giovanni graduated from the Greater Lawrence Technical High School and has lived in Lawrence all his life. Giovanni started boxing at the age of 10 and has amassed over 60 amateur fights, totaling 42 wins and 19 losses. He has been ranked in the U.S. as a 3x state champ and 2x regional champ! In addition to boxing, Giovanni has a love of soccer, which lead him to his position as youth soccer coach in Methuen for 7 years before joining Beyond Soccer as part of the coaching staff in 2018.
Gio enjoys "seeing the players enjoy the game and watch them improve as young adults and see them achieve goals, whether it be in soccer or something else." He believes the best thing in life is bringing joy and helping the youths to stay off the streets.
Patricia ("Esme") attended high school at Fryeburg Academy and is now attending UMass Lowell pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her experience with sports first began when she played on the Bulldogs team for Beyond Soccer. "The community that Stephanie McArdle built around sports really opened my eyes to the advantages of being an athlete and ever since then I’ve been involved." She was a three-season athlete in high school playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse and is now Head Coach of Beyond Soccer’s U10 Girls Bulldogs- the same team she first started on! That makes a total of 10 years being part of Beyond Soccer!
Why you enjoy coaching: "I love to see how much the girls improve after every game and their love for the sport grows bigger and bigger." FUN FACT: Patricia has a ferret named Coco!
Dominic, a native of St. Vincent, with strong community ties near and far, has stepped into a leadership role at Beyond Soccer. His passion for the game plus his knowledge and soccer experience, including professional play, make him an incredible fit. In addition to coordinating practices, games and off-the-field events of the 4 boys teams, Dominic also leads the Grade 6 Thunder. Apart from being with his family, he says "I’ve found another family which is beyond soccer." Dominic also attends Middlesex Community College where he is pursuing his nursing degree.
Fun Fact: Dominic‘s two young daughters participate in Beyond Soccer’s Rec League and summer camps!
Anne started playing soccer at age 9 and continued playing after college in the Eastern Mass Women’s League. Most of her friendships have been made through soccer. Every time she moved she sought out a team and instantly found herself surrounded by like-minded people. It’s obvious she wants to create those same connections for her Grade 6 Bulldogs, a team she’s coached 3 seasons. Her involvement with us came after a social media share by a student in the I Have a Dream Program, a program she worked that helped 63 Arlington Middle School students pursue their dream of higher education. She feels like that program, sponsored by Dee and Kingman Webster, has come full circle! Now she is showing girls what is possible when they are given more opportunities. FUN FACT: Anne has run 3 Boston Marathons, plus San Diego & Marine Corps marathons!
Kelsey is the middle child & has an older sister & younger brother. She loves her job as a middle school nurse in Haverhill. She also coaches girls soccer @Greater Lawrence Tech’s. "I am a firm believer that you can do anything if you work hard for it. I started playing soccer at 3 b/c my dad loved soccer, & further his dad loved soccer. They instilled, in me, that love of soccer." Kelsey continued to play at Worcester State U. where she earned her Nursing degree. Kelsey shares that there aren’t many things in life that make her happier than playing soccer. "Being able to share that passion as a coach & watch children foster that same love, is why I coach."
Fun fact: "My mom & aunts were Patriots cheerleaders in the 80’s but I never did cheerleading. Soccer all the way!"
Our Summer Coach Mentors
An exciting and important part of our coaching model is connecting youth who have grown up in our programs to leadership roles as Coach-Mentors. In Summer 2019, 17 Summer Hires, including 10 Beyond Soccer high school graduates and college students, who grew up in our programs, worked as Coach-Mentors running our busy summer camps that reached 509 kids between June and August 2019. Summer 2020 was difficult with COVID-19, cutting our summer staff in half, but they still persevered and 8 Summer Coach Mentors engaged 245 youth and teens.