The memories and lessons he learned there would last a lifetime. There was a core group of players he played with throughout his youth, who became good friends. But he drifted away from the game, taking the time to focus on his budding career in art and teaching. But it was his step into teaching that got him back into the beautiful game.
“Coaching is what got me back,” he says. “I always watched games, but I didn’t play for years, but I started coaching a middle school team, and that’s when I started really itching to play again.