In this week’s “Get to Know” article, we will be learning more about Seacoast United Maine South staff member, Kurt Swanbeck. Kurt will be coaching the clubs 03 Boys Premier Blue team for the 2018/19 season.
Tell us a little bit about yourself! What is your previous experience playing soccer? Coaching?
· Columbia University, Played D1 Soccer
· Nashville Diamonds, Professional Soccer Player
· Dartmouth College, Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
· Columbia University, Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
· Clark University, Men’s Head Soccer Coach
· Ultimate Soccer Academy, Director/Owner
· President, NAIA Men’s Soccer
· United States Olympic Development Program Coach
· Berry College, Men’s Head Soccer Coach
· United States Military Academy, Men’s Head Soccer Coach
· Hebron Academy, Men’s Soccer Coach
What made you decide to want to start coaching?
I wanted to coach and give back to a sport that gave so much to me. It brought me out of my shell, introduced me to student athletes that were high-level soccer players wanting to go on to college, a thought process that came to me late in my teenage years. As I grew with these friends and teammates, I became passionate about soccer and in 2 years, went from never having played to 1st team All-America status… and for this I wanted to give back to generations that followed.
What attracted you to Seacoast United Maine?
I was fortunate enough to be hired at a Prep School in Maine and with my 30+ years of college coaching experience, it was a natural fit to get involved with the club my sons were playing for.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My Franklin High School Soccer Coach in Massachusetts, Francis Bositis. He instilled so many traits of what it takes to be a successful athlete and put me in a position to grow and thrive in soccer.
What’s been your best memory while being involved in soccer?
Playing Division One College Soccer at Columbia University in NYC and captaining my team to the NCAA Final Four in my Junior year.
Which current or former professional athlete did you admire the most growing up and why?
Franz Beckenbauer, Captain of 1974 World Cup Champions, West Germany. His leadership and overall presence and stature on the field, where he revolutionized the sport through the sweeper position.
Do you have any hobbies you like to do in your spare time?
Coach my sons and drive them all over God’s green earth to meet their commitments for sports.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite food – Angel Hair Pasta
Favorite genre of music – Gospel
Favorite place to visit – Any Island
Favorite Premier League team – Any Underdog
2018/2019 Premier League Winner – Liverpool