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Coaches

 

Paul Stinson
Head Coach

Paul Stinson was named the sixth head coach in recorded history of the Bryn Mawr soccer program in the summer of 2016.

Coach Stinson came to the Greater Philly area in August 2012. Formerly an Assistant Coach at Haverford College with the men’s program, he helped guide the squad to an Elite 8 appearance in 2015, with a perfect Centennial Conference mark of 9-0 (regular season) and 2-0 (Centennial Tournament). He was also part of a second round appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and a Centennial Conference tournament title. The 2012 NCAA appearance was the first in 30 years for the Fords, and the tournament title was the team’s first since the conference’s inception.

Including his experience at Haverford, Coach Stinson has 16 years experience at the college level as both an assistant and head coach at the NCAA Division I & III levels with both men’s and women’s programs: Assistant Women’s coach at Clarkson University (2 years) in NCAA Division III; Women’s Head Coach Colby-Sawyer College (4 years), also NCAA Division III; and Assistant Coach for both Men and Women at Colgate University (5 years) in NCAA Division I. He also worked for one year at the NJCAA Division I level (two-year program with scholarships) at Iowa Central Community College as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s teams.

At the youth level, Coach Stinson worked with New Hampshire ODP (3 years), served as the Odyssey Sport SC Boy’s Director of Coaching (5 years), and Lower Merion SC. He currently coaches the Continental FC U17 NPL girls team, and the USSF Development Academy GKs (boys). He also works with the GDP staff at YSC/Union Juniors.

Coach Stinson’s college teams have appeared in the NCAA tournament 4 times (twice in Division I, twice in Division III) won NJCAA Region 11 titles (1 men’s & 1 women’s); three Patriot League regular season titles (‘09, ‘10, ‘11; 2 women’s, 1 men’s), two Patriot League tournament titles (1 men’s - 2011 & 1 women’s - 2009), and 2 Centennial Conference tournament title (2012 & 2015) as well as 2 Centennial regular season titles in 2013 and 2015. Haverford also had a tournament final appearance in 2014, losing 1-0 to a Muhlenberg team that made the Sweet 16.

Coach Stinson graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a BA in Sociology and a three year career on the field. He holds a “C” license through the USSF and is completing a Masters Degree in Leadership at Duquesne University.

 

Kathy Prescott
Assistant Coach

Upon graduating in 2017, Kathy Prescott joined the staff at Bryn Mawr College as first assistant coach, following a semester of interning in the soccer office with Coach Stinson.

Prescott played for four years at Haverford College as a goalkeeper, appearing in one NCAA tournament, two Centennial Conference tournaments, being named to the All-Centennial Conference team in 2016, all while earning a degree in Economics.

She is pursuing a Master's in Sports Business with a concentration in Sports Analytics from Temple University. Kathy currently works as an assistant with Continental FC where she works with the girls ECNL '99/'00 team and the girls ECNL/NPL goalkeepers. Starting in the fall of 2018 she will serve as Head Coach of a Lower Merion Soccer Club u12 girls team.

Coach Kathy has worked at Soccerplus Camps as a goalkeeper coach for the past 4 years. In the summer of 2018 she will serve as only the second woman to be a camp director for SoccerPlus!

Prior to starting to coach in Pennsylvania she worked as an assistant coach for a u14 team in her hometown of Lenox, Massachusetts and also helped to run their u6-u12 recreational program during high school.

Kathy holds a USSF 'F' License and a GK Level 1 Diploma.

 

 

John Sanger
Assistant Coach

Bryn Mawr soccer is pleased to welcome Coach John Sanger to the staff.  Joining the Owls in February, 2018, John comes to Bryn Mawr after an accomplished 5 year stint at West Chester Henderson High School as an assistant with the Women’s Varsity. During this time he headed up the team’s defensive efforts and helped guide 20 players to all-league status. The highlight of Coach Sanger’s time at Henderson was winning 3 consecutive league championships from 2015-2017. During this time the team recorded 27 shutouts and held their opponents to an average of less than one goal per game.

At the club level, Sanger has successfully coached both boys and girls teams for the past 20 years. In addition to helping players develop their skills and a love for the game, many of Coach Sanger’s former players have moved on to productive college careers. He currently coaches at Continental FC where he was named the club’s first boy’s coach of the year in 2016.

Coach Sanger has enjoyed playing soccer at a variety of levels throughout his life. He was part of the prestigious Delco Select program as a youth player and was a member of Strath Haven High School’s inaugural soccer team where he scored the first goal in the school’s history. Coach Sanger has enthusiastically participated in amateur leagues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Germany.

An active adult learner, Sanger holds several coaching degrees and licenses including the United Soccer Coaches Premier and Level 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas as well as a “C” and National Youth license from the United States Soccer Federation.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Sanger majored in American History and minored in German Literature. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Widener University and is currently employed as a teacher with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Coach Sanger and his wife Kathleen have lived in West Chester for over 20 years and have 3 sons (Andrew, Alex, and Ian). Andrew works at the Camphill Special School while both Alex (Ursinus College, 2019) and Ian (Ursinus College, 2022) are looking forward to playing in their first Centennial Conference game together as teammates this fall.

 
 

 

Chris Leonard
Assistant Coach

Chris Leonard has joined Bryn Mawr College Soccer as an Assistant Coach, with special attention for targeted projects including mental performance and organizing and running BMC Soccer clinics. In addition to coaching at Bryn Mawr College, Chris has been coaching youth soccer (8 to 16 years old) in Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2004 including High School and travel soccer. Chris’ background in the study of Management and experience in surviving in the tech start-up world along with his passion for the field of mental performance will help create a winning culture and mindset among the Bryn Mawr soccer players.

In 2012, Chris coached the LMSC Dynamite U-12 girls team to the Philadelphia Area Girls Soccer League championship. The team was undefeated, and also champions of the 2012 Welsh Cup "Silver Division." Chris excels as a developmental coach who consistently prepares players for promotion to higher levels of play. He holds a Junior Level V Diploma for coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 

In addition to coaching, Chris works for Microshare, Inc., a global software start-up based in Philadelphia. Chris is a Philadelphia native, raised in Spring House, PA. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, majoring in Management. A fluent Spanish speaker, he raised his children, Axel (Academy of Art University, Class of 2019), and, Mia (The New School, class of Class of 2021) in Buenos Aires Argentina.  Later moving back to Lower Merion Township, both graduated from nearby Harriton High School. Chris and his family lived in Buenos Aires from 2000 to 2004. All members of his family are fans of Boca Juniors, Lionel Messi, the Argentine National teams and USA soccer.