Stef is 25 years old and originally from Devon, England.
He has been kicking soccer balls for as long as he can remember. He played soccer in England for Buckland Athletic from U9-U16 and then joined their adult men's team. He studied at the University of the West of England and received a BA Hons in Politics, while playing and captaining the first team for four years. Stef is currently playing in Division 1 of Austin Men's Soccer League and also indoor at Soccerzone.
Stef has been coaching for 5 years in England, Canada and the US. He came to Texas in 2012 to coach kids aged from 1-18 years old. This is his first season coaching with FC Westlake and he is extremely excited to see the talent within the club.
We asked Coach Stef a few questions to find out a bit more about him...
Favorite Soccer Team: My local team is called Torquay United, but I actually support Manchested United. My favorite US soccer team is the San Antonio Scorpions.
Other Sports: Golf & Skiing.
Favorite Quote: My very first coach, who was a great mentor to me, always said: "It's a game of football (soccer), go out and enjoy it!". It has stuck with me for 17 years and, win or lose, you'll always see me with a smile of my face.
Soccer Position: Primarily, I'm a striker, but I also play midfield. I love attacking and scoring goals!
Fun Soccer Fact: (1) I have played in the preliminary rounds of the FA Cup. (2) My coach while at University was ex-Arsenal player David Hillier.
Favorite Soccer Player: My favorite players of all time are David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and George Best. My favorite current players are: Robin Van Persie, Gareth Bale, Arjen Robben, and of course Lionel Messi & Christiano Ronaldo.
Favorite Soccer Move: The Cruyff Turn & Swivel Hips.