As I've mentioned in my bio, I have played goalkeeper at the college level, and for most of my life prior to college. I started out playing goalkeeper after developing a growth disorder in my knees as a sixth grader, causing me to give up just about any activity that caused a lot of pressure on the joints in my lower legs. Therefor, I spent a lot of time on practicing goalkeeping since it didn't bother my knees and it kept me physically active throughout my childhood. After finishing my high school and making the most out of my college years playing for two different universities, I developed a great passion to coach goalkeepers as well.
My greatest desire for coaching originally came from volunteering at FPU Sunbird fundraiser soccer camps which the university put on during the summer for local youth soccer players to develop their skills. I recognized my passion for goalkeeping could go beyond actually playing. I recognized the importance of those who spent so much time helping me develop over the years, and that it was equally important for me to do the same. So, shortly after began my career as a goalkeeper coach, starting my sophomore year in college.
I now coach for a local high school in the Fresno area, as an assistant/goalkeeper and strength & conditioning coach for Buchanan High School girl's varsity soccer team. I also coach the goalkeepers for a local club team in Fresno called the Central California Soccer Alliance, or simply known as Alliance, alongside my fiancé Catherine Michaelis, who also played goalkeeper for FPU, On top of my various coaching roles, I offer personal training sessions and group sessions for clients on Monday nights as well as some Saturday sessions. I have made it my goal to start a small business in goalkeeper training alongside my soon to be wife, Cat. Together, we will own and operate Waite's Goalkeeping, that is, when the timing is right.
For now, I wanted to simply inform people of my visions for what I'm currently involved in. Below is a link to my newly created Facebook Page, called Waite's Goalkeeping (www.facebook.com/waite. I encourage you to visit the site, Like the page, and don't hesitate to ask any questions, get in contact with me, or refer a friend who's interested in learning more about the position of goalkeeping or taking their game to the next level.
Thanks and God Bless!
by, Steven Waite, NSCA-CPT