More than just “Hitting the Weights”

IMG_1320 Although I always had natural talent when it came to sports, especially soccer, I eventually realized that talent alone wasn’t going to be enough if I wanted to play at the highest level and set myself apart. By the age of 14 I had been playing more competitively and it quickly became apparent that Indiana wasn't a soccer hotbed. The best players were hailing from California and New Jersey. I knew that I needed to find additional ways to improve my game in order to compete with players from across the country. I didn’t have the access to go to camps and clinics year-round, so I had to create those opportunities for myself, which I did through hard work and commitment. I think my family thought I was insane when they saw me shoveling snow in my backyard so I could run sprints in the middle of winter. However, it wasn’t until I found strength training that my game really started to flourish.... More

My Aha Moment


I can remember stepping up to the start line. An overconfident ten-year-old, I was ready to beat my brother, Chris, in another foot race.

This had become our Saturday ritual - I would challenge Chris to a race, he would reluctantly accept, and I would win. He’s two years older than me, so you can imagine the pride I felt each time I won.... More

The Beginning.

IMG_0790 In many ways, the soccer ball has been an extension of my body since I was four years old. I was always a very active kid - running, jumping, and getting dirty. But I got my first taste of soccer when my older brother, Chris, started playing. Soccer felt different than other sports. It provided me with the physical activity I enjoyed so much, and it allowed me to socialize and interact with my best friends all at the same time. I loved it. Plus, it helped that I was good at it.... More