Coaching Spotlight

Doug Miller Conrad Weiser

 Full-time job:
Assistant Director of Sports at Body Zone Sports and Wellness for 17 years

How many years have you been coaching high school, including any time as an assistant?
29 years total, 26 as the head coach

Before you became a coach, what experience did you have as a player?
Played Varsity soccer at Conrad Weiser 1971-1972 also played Men's open soccer

Who were some of your biggest influences in coaching?
My family through their support. But my high school coach Wilson Hartranft was my biggest influence. He allowed me to start playing soccer during the middle of the season my junior year and I then started and played every game my senior year. I played in the county championship and first round District game. So because of him allowing me to join the team in the middle of the season I fell in love with the game.

What is your favorite thing about coaching?
It would have to be all the players that you get to work with and see their accomplishments during their time with me and after they go off to college and then in their life afterwards. Also all the coaches and parents you get to meet and become friends with during that time. I never realized how big and tight the soccer community was until I went through my cancer issue and received cards and best wishes from coaches, teams, parents and players from teams other than my own. It really meant a lot. 


What do you find most challenging about coaching?
I would have to say it would be time away from my family. I have 2 grandsons that live in Warrington, Pa. that are now both playing soccer and I really want to see play but with my games and work, it really makes it tough to see their games.


What is your proudest accomplishment in your coaching career?
I would say it would have to be every time I go to a college soccer game and I watch a previous player on the field doing what they enjoy doing. Also knowing they gave me their time and hard work to make the Weiser soccer team a very good program. The time that I was able to see one of my players play in a Division 1 championship in North Carolina has to be one of the proudest moments.

What more do you hope to accomplish as a coach?
I would say I would like to make a small impact on all players that wear the CWGS uniform, playing the game that both they and I love.

What is it like coaching at Conrad Weiser, where every year expectations are high?
The expectations are high because the kids coming into the program set those expectations high for themselves. They do it because they know of the program when they are in the youth program and want to be part of it when they get to the high school. The coaching part is the easy part; sometimes keeping them challenged can be the hardest part. The kids keep getting more and more talented each year.  That is what keeps my interest in coaching. Every year a group of freshmen show up with more talent than the group before.


Tell us a little about your coaching staff and how they help you and the team.

 I feel very fortunate to have had some very good assistant coaches over my years of coaching. The staff I have now are mostly Weiser grads and 2 are ex-players of mine that want to be involved with the program to continue putting their stamp on the team they helped build. The staff knows what it takes to play Weiser soccer and have played for the boys' team or girls' team. My other assistant is a Wilson grad, so she also has high expectations when it comes to sports. 

  
What are your expectations for Conrad Weiser soccer this fall?
To do well in the division, go deep into the districts and possibly qualify for states. Also for players to get the accolades they earn and deserve.
 

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Coaching Spotlight

Paul Zerbe Tulpehocken

Full-time job:

I am head maintenance mechanic at the Tulpehocken School District

How many years have you been coaching high school, including any time as an assistant?

Head coach for 18 years and assistant coach for 1 year at the high school

Before you became a coach, what experience did you have as a player?
I played soccer since I was 5 up through High School.  I was a GK for the Tulpehocken High School from 1979-1983


Who were some of your biggest influences in coaching?

There are many coaches over my career that I have had the pleasure to coach with and against. Whether it be my fellow coaches in Berks County, my colleagues at the Reading Rage and the NSCAA. all have made some contribution, and influence to my coaching.


What is your favorite thing about coaching?

Mostly I enjoy the interaction I have with my players and coaches, working hard to influence the players to be great student-athletes.


What do you find most challenging about coaching?

The toughest and most challenging thing about coaching is all the time spent away from home all year long.


What is your proudest accomplishment in your coaching career?

It is tough to choose one. I am very proud of every player that puts on the Tulpehocken jersey and respects the game and plays it with all their heart.


What more do you hope to accomplish as a coach?

I have already accomplished so much but I just want to finish my career with the same enthusiasm as when I started and hope that I can bring the Trojans back up to be champions as we were in the past.


What was the experience of coaching your daughters and son like? What advice would you give to any other coach who will coach their sons or daughters one day?

Coaching my daughters and son in high school was a joy and I am glad and thankful I had the opportunity to be their coach.


Tell us a little about your coaching staff and how they help you and the team.

I have had many great assistant coaches in the past and they have helped me greatly and I couldn’t have been around this long without their help, along with the support of my family and my administration. All have been very supportive of me and I am grateful.


What are your expectations for Tulpehocken soccer this fall?

I hope to bring this year’s team back up to the county stage and put us back in the running for a good playoff run.

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Coaching Spotlight

Ed Deren Governor Mifflin

Full-time job: 4th Grade Elementary Teacher


How many years have you been coaching high school, including any time as an assistant?

High school head coach- 27th year girls' soccer

2 years’ assistant coach varsity boys


Before you became a coach, what experience did you have as a player?

I played youth soccer, and then played 4 years as a starter for Governor Mifflin High School. I also played at Keystone College but had to stop due to a knee injury.


Who were some of your biggest influences in coaching?

Mr. Jeff Clabaugh, my high school soccer coach, taught me the love of the game for which I’m very grateful.

Mr. Joe Habakus, my high school basketball coach, instilled discipline and the importance of fundamentals.

Mrs. Virginia Habakus has been a tremendous asset because she taught me how to motivate the female athlete, and is still an extraordinary influence who I admire.

Mr. Bill Esterly who gave me the first opportunity to coach at Mifflin and continues to be a mentor for my coaching career.

Mr. Joe Palacz Sr. for teaching me the valuable lesson of always wearing the white hat.


What is your favorite thing about coaching?

The relationships that you build with players, families, and coaches. I’ve made lifelong friends. I also love the team competition and the excitement young athletes experience being part of their high school team.


What do you find most challenging about coaching?

The most challenging aspect of coaching is helping athletes overcome adversity. It is difficult for players to realize that how you handle failure is the best teacher in life. Some players have great difficulty overcoming failure so part of my job as a coach is to rebuild that confidence and help them learn from hardships.


What is your proudest accomplishment in your coaching career?

There are so many accomplishments that I’m proud of, but one of my proudest accomplishments was winning our first county title in OT in 2010. Emily Gingrich to Emma Blair for the game winner, it was an amazing way to win our first title.


What more do you hope to accomplish as a coach?

Soccer is my passion and I continue to learn and grow as my team does. Being able to instill a love of the game, while also teaching what it means to be a part of a team that supports and cares for one another is something I always hope to accomplish.


What are some of the challenges of coaching at a big school like Governor Mifflin?

Being at Mifflin is a tremendous opportunity. I have been blessed to work for two incredible Athletic Directors in Mr. David McCoy and Mr. Pat Tulley. I think we have a tremendous support system at Mifflin which means coaching at a big school like Mifflin is less challenging.


Tell us a little about your coaching staff and how they help you and the team:

I have been very fortunate to coach with people that are not just colleagues, but also trusted friends.

      Emma Blair is a former player who I proudly coached, and Mount Saint Mary’s player. She is currently a high school teacher at Governor Mifflin and brings knowledge and enthusiasm to our program. She has the ability to connect with our players and bring the best out of all our athletes.

      Jesse Voigt has been with our program for two years. Jesse brings an infectious energy and passion to our program. He is a players' coach that finds the little details to help our girls improve upon.

      Tim Petricoin is our goalie coach that I had the honor to help coach his senior year at Mifflin. Tim has been a part of Mifflin soccer for over 15 years. Tim is a tremendous teacher and role model for our goalies.

      Katie Barker is a former Mifflin player and our current JV coach. Katie brings a quiet calmness to our team. Katie does an outstanding job teaching our younger players the fundamentals and helps them prepare for playing at the varsity level.


What are your expectations for Mifflin soccer this fall?

My expectations are to continue to improve each week as a team and to be competitive against every opponent we face this season.

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Coaching Spotlight

Mike Boyer Fleetwood

Full-time job: 40 years at East Penn Manufacturing 


How many years have you been coaching high school, including any time as an assistant? 

     1997 Fleetwood Girls JV

     1998 - present Fleetwood Girls Varsity
 

Hobbies/Interests outside of soccer:

Traveling and enjoying my family, especially my grandchildren.
 

Favorite food: Pizza
 

Favorite band/musicians: Carrie Underwood
 

Favorite vacation/places visited: I've vacationed in Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, California, New England along with a few other places. I really enjoy visiting our great country.

Before you became a coach, what experience did you have as a player?

Played high school soccer at Fleetwood.

1975 JV

76-78 Varsity

Senior year - County, District and State Champs

All-County Midfielder


Who were some of your biggest influences in coaching? Fleetwood High School Coaches, Ray Buss and Tony Didyoung
 

What is your favorite thing about coaching?
 Watching your players succeed.


What do you find most challenging about coaching? 

Motivating today's players to be the best that they can be and make every player believe they have a part on the team.
 

What is your proudest accomplishment in your coaching career?

We have had numerous championship teams and I am proud that our players have represented our team, school and community in a respectful way.
 

What’s it like coaching at Fleetwood, where every year expectations are high?
Every year there are challenges and adversity.  I just try and give our players a path to succeed. 


Tell us a little about your coaching staff and how they help you and the team.

My current JV and assistant coach, Scott Snyder, has been with our program for 8 years, many as a volunteer coach. We both were Fleetwood grads and played for Ray Buss. He helps keep our practices running smooth and instills the fundamentals to the girls.

 

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