North Austin's fun recreational youth soccer program for children from 4 to 18 years old
2020 Board of Directors Candidates
Like most of our coaches, I had never played in a soccer game before I got the call letting me know that my son's team needed a coach. Thanks to that call, I have been coaching with NASA for nearly two decades and active on the Board for about half of that. I am committed to NASA's mission of providing soccer opportunities to the widest possible range of youth players in order to lay the groundwork for a lifelong participation in the sport. I view recreational soccer as the critical strategy to achieve those goals. My goal as a Board member in the coming year would be to continue broaden participation in club activities and to continue to expand the resources available to our coaches and players.
Shane Lewis has coached youth soccer in North Austin for over 15 years and has served on the NASA Board since 2008. He grew up playing on the rock hard "soccer fields" of Dallas suburbs in the 1970s, coached by parents who had never seen an actual game. In happier times, he can be found playing rec league games alongside some NASA players who started in our U6/7 leagues. Primary interest in serving on the Board is to help ensure that field maintenance projects remain cost effective. He hopes some of the hard lessons of failed Covid victory gardens can benefit the organization's field maintenance efforts moving forward.
I have been coaching our sons' teams here with NASA for the past eight years. Our players have basically grown up on NASA fields together. When I am not on a field coaching, my main role is being an informal educator. For years I have enjoyed volunteering in the Austin community for various organizations, projects and youth programs.
As a board member for NASA I hope to help expand the resources and grassroots training opportunities available to our players and coaches (especially for the older U11+ age groups). As a coach, my goals will be to further connect and encourage our NASA players to stay positive and healthy during these times of hardship.
Hopeful my experience and positive mindset will benefit the NASA Board and our soccer community. Thank you for your consideration!
I have been playing soccer at various levels (including two years as a youth semi-pro) for the past 35 years. I also coached a men’s senior reserve squad (Swedish Division 4) for three seasons, and went through some of the base level training with the Swedish Football Association. I got involved with NASA when my two daughters started playing. Seeing my children’s joy playing, and also reflecting over the importance of soccer in my own life (health, competitiveness, ability to build strong meaningful relationships and be welcomed all over the world) made me realize soccer is truly a gift. I have been a Board member for since 2019. The opportunity to help NASA and give back the gift of soccer to our community is very rewarding.
I joined the Board in 2019. My daughter has played for NASA for several years and recently, they needed a coach for her team. I stepped up to coached her team and it was a great experience. As a first time coach for NASA, I’ve learned that working as a team is what it is important. I believe every kid deserves to play and NASA gives the opportunity. Then, recently I started to attend NASA meetings and it was a fun experience discussing soccer ideas. I am thankful to be part of NASA so I can be involved in my community and help children in a soccer environment.
I've coached both my son and daughter through many of years of NASA starting in 2008. I love soccer's recreational teamwork for kids of all ages and I am eager to help develop the NASA community in these interesting times.