I started playing youth soccer at 5years old and then competitive club soccer at 11years old, and through high school and college soccer at Youngstown State University in Ohio. During college I started coaching and officiating youth and adult teams. Upon moving to Colorado I began to play in the Boulder Adult Soccer League and started coaching with Trebol SC in 2005 and also as the Girls Varsity Coach at Centaurus 2007-2009 and Centaurus Boys JV coach from 2008-2014. During my years of coaching in Lafayette I have taken several Positive Coaching Alliance courses and coaching clinics and share some of these teachings in my coaching philosophy. These philosophies along with my 35 years of experience in and around the sport and general love for the game of soccer are important to me, and inspiration for me in my coaching life. Soccer has taken me around the world as a fan, and I have met many of my best friends through soccer. I only hope in sharing my experience with soccer that others can have as much fulfillment from it as I have.
Centaurus is in a culturally diverse tight knit community in Lafayette, one that I have had the pleasure of living and coaching in for nearly a decade. I have become closer to the community through soccer, and attempt to pass along the feeling of belonging to the players I coach here at Centaurus High School. My coaching philosophy also incorporates this attitude. I like to integrate preparation and understanding and then communicate these ideals to students, parents, and coaching staff. I believe in the importance of teamwork because in the game of soccer it is the only way to be successful. In the game of soccer and other areas of life, success is measured by how you play the game, not always if you win or lose. Therefore I believe it is equally important to lose a game with dignity and class, and you will sometimes be able to learn more from that loss, and these skills are necessary in youth sports and also to prepare for life challenges.
I started playing Pee Wee soccer around age 5, began club soccer around age 9, and played through high school. After college, I became the assistant soccer coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at The O’Neal School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where I also taught physics and math and served as the school’s Dean of Students. After three years as the assistant coach, I became head coach for two years before moving to the Boulder area for graduate school. Now that I am working at Centaurus, I am very excited to finally be back on the sideline coaching again!
My coaching philosophy focuses on helping young people grow into happy, confident, capable, responsible adults. I believe creating a championship team first requires creating championship young adults. I aim to create an atmosphere that encourages the growth of teamwork, sportsmanship, integrity, joy, friendship, and determination in my players. Of course, winning is always part of the plan, but I want my players to win in their lives beyond the pitch more than anything else, and to remember their time playing high school soccer fondly!
Warrior Team Coach
I grew up and played soccer here in Lafayette. I went through the whole Trebol system and played here at Centaurus from 2007-2011. In fact, when I was a freshman Coach Stanley was my coach! After a successful high school career I pursued academics in college and traveled all the way down to Boulder for school. I graduated in May 2015 with a bachelors in mechanical engineering. I didn't play when I was a freshman and I missed soccer so much that I decided to play on the club team the next three years. Somewhere along this time, as I was almost becoming an adult (still working on it), I realized a few things: I love soccer and I love helping kids grow up. I was lucky enough to have some very powerful and positive role models when I was in youth soccer. They exemplified great character and as I looked up to them it made a huge difference in what I strove for and how I accomplish things and carry myself today. One of my goals as a coach at Centaurus High School is to give kids the opportunities to be the role model that I had when I was younger.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
I grew up playing soccer starting at age 4. I played competitively for Real Colorado Soccer Club for one of the top teams in the state. During my senior year of high school, my team went 17-0-3 and won the state championship. We finished the year ranked #14 in the nation. During my college years, I played for clubs at Baylor and CU-Boulder. I was a part of the club at CU when we won the national championship in 2010. After college I began Crossfit and now incorporate similar cross-training techniques for players. Today, I work for Boulder Valley Christian Church as the Student Ministry Associate. Beyond soccer, I love the relationships that coaching brings and watching kids grow into young men of character. The life skills taught through the sport will go way beyond their time on the field.
Since 1994, Kevin has been training and coaching players across all levels (youth, club, ODP, US Development Academy, ECNL, college, semi-pro, and pro - including players from PDL, USL, MLS, and La Liga). Currently, he is the assistant coach/GK coach for Harpos FC, one of just twelve amateur teams in the country to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup. His past roles include Director of Goalkeeping for FC Boulder and Trebol SC, and Head Coach of Elite boys teams in Trebol SC. Kevin has also coached teams for Boulder Force and Lafayette Recreation Center.
Aside from his experience, Kevin also holds the highest GK license in the U.S. (Advanced National Goalkeeping license) and is working on the USSF “C” National license.
As a lifelong player, Kevin played club, HS, ODP, college (Elizabethtown College, PA), semi-pro (Cleveland Crunch reserves), and is still playing in the over-40s of the MISL.
Off the pitch, Kevin is an educator, author, national trainer, and school administrator with over 20 years of experience. He has served as the Dean of School Culture at Flagstaff Academy (Longmont) since 2009, and is completing his PhD in Organizational Leadership. Previously, Kevin was part of the Lafayette Police Department as the Director of Restorative Justice and Community Affairs, specializing in working with school safety and juvenile crime.
All of this combined will help Kevin provide a unique methodology to our players around the psychology of leadership, personal development, and team culture.
Jeremy Bevirt- Head Manager