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Wings New Boys Director of Coaching

By DOS - Tom Gizynski, 10/10/17, 11:30AM CDT

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Dear Wings Families –

The Wings are excited to announce our new Boys Director of Coaching, Adam Levy.  Adam has been with the club over the past ten years.  During his time at the Wings he has exemplified what our club stands for in teaching soccer with a passion and guiding our players as they grow as individuals.  

Adam started his love for the game right here in Wilmette years ago.  Actually Adam was a part of the first Wings team ever! After playing varsity soccer at New Trier, Adam turned down Division 2 & 3 offered to play club soccer at Indiana University.  

To give back to the game that he is so passionate about, Adam began coaching while in high school helping out at Wings preseason camps and coach Abe's Mini Soccer as well as an early volunteer with Urban Initiatives.  Adam joined the staff at the Wings in 2007 and has been with the club ever since.   

Adam will be working hands on with all the teams in the club with a focus on the Boys program.  All our players from U8 through U10 work directly with Adam during their weekly skills sessions so they will have a direct relationship with our Boys Director.  

Here are a few Q&As the help you to get to know a bit about Kevin and his approach to the game. 

What do you feel you will bring to the Wings as the new Boys Director of Coaching?

I'm looking forward to my energy and passion for the game rubbing off on the Boys to create fans of soccer for LIFE.  I've been working with children in all different capacities the last 10 years.  From a camp counselor, to volunteer with Urban Initiatives, to assistant coach, to head coach and now on to Boys Director, I have a passion for working with and not only developing better soccer players, but helping them mature and develop as people while they grow older.  My favorite moments from coaching haven't been the wins or losses but rather the smiles on the faces of players that have gotten a skill and/or pattern that we are working on and developing.  

What do you look for in your players?

What I'm looking for in my players are boys that love and show respect for the game.  Regardless of where players are technically, if they come to practice  with a great attitude and are willing to work hard, have fun and respect their coaches, teammates, opponents, referees, parents (etc.) they will become better players as well as individuals.  

What do you think is the most important thing in youth soccer?

The most important thing we can do as youth coaches is to focus on providing a fun, competitive learning experience for the players.  The two major reasons players stick with the game is they are having fun and have passion for the game.  Players want to learn and it's our role as coaches to make sure each players get's a chance to learn and grow at their own pace and competitive levels.  

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Adam don’t hesitate to say hi if you see him out at the fields.  

Go Wings!

Tom Gizynski
Director of Soccer
Wilmette Wings SC