QUALITY COACHING IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE MISSION OF HILLSDALE SOCCER CLUB AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR PLAYERS.
Neal Brady, a native of Saginaw, has been the prosecuting attorney for Hillsdale County for 21 years. He has six children, all of whom played for HSC at one time or another.
Neal brings almost 40 years of soccer experience to HSC. He played four years of varsity soccer at Alma College, serving as captain his junior and senior years. He continued to play in adult leagues after college, and still plays indoor soccer (futsal) in the winter. He coached 15 years of youth soccer with HSC and AYSO, and also coached futsal for the Hillsdale Recreation Department for several years. Neal has assisted the Hillsdale College soccer club teams and has served as a referee. He has been the varsity coach of the Hillsdale Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team for 15 years. Neal has twice been voted Hillsdale Daily News' Soccer Coach of the Year, and has received multiple MHSAA District and Regional Coach of the Year awards. He holds a level D coaching license from USSF.
Neal has shaped the club traditions, philosophy and curriculum more than any other contributor. He is one of the "founding fathers" of the club. Neal now serves as a clinic instructor for our coaches.
Bryan Springer has lived in Hillsdale for 10 years and teaches in the Art Department of Hillsdale College. He grew up in California and began playing soccer at age four. He played through high school and was selected for his area’s travel team two years in a row, in the position of center midfielder.
As an adult, Coach Springer has played for many adult rec teams and has continued to enjoy the sport. He remembers fondly his father coaching his soccer teams throughout his childhood. He is glad to be able to follow in his father’s footsteps and coach his children. Bryan is married to Jaminda and they have five children, three of whom currently play soccer with HSC. Coach Springer likes to watch professional soccer with his kids and cheer for Holland, the country from which his father emigrated.
His coaching philosophy is rooted in “beating the other team to the ball.” He encourages his players to work hard, focus on speed and use effective passing to get the ball to the goal. He has coached in both the Wave and Heat programs, and serves on the HSC Board of Directors along with his wife. Bryan holds a level E coaching license from USSF.
Kevin Walton has been a Chiropractor in Hillsdale since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1997.
He has been playing soccer since age seven. He played striker on the varsity team at Lenawee Christian, graduating in 1990. He then played at Hillsdale College, Life University and on a club team for Palmer College of Chiropractic.
Kevin enjoys the philosophy of soccer and watching the English Premier League with his son, Grant. They cheer for Manchester United.
Kevin wrote, "I have loved developing my son and his buddies in the game since they started in HSC as U6 players. I see tremendous value in learning the fundamentals of passing as a team, holding a position and scoring beautiful goals through strategic play."
Kevin has coached in both the Wave and Heat programs, most recently as Head Coach for the Heat U13 team. He also serves on the HSC Board of Directors. Kevin holds a level E coaching license from USSF.
Nick Barney grew up in Jackson, Michigan, and currently lives there with his wife and two kids. He played at Jackson Christian High School and has been coaching soccer there for ten years, the last six with the varsity boys team where he still enjoys his position. Under his coaching, the varsity team has been league champions/co-champions twice and district champions once.
A teacher at Jackson Christian since 2007, Nick is also the Intramural director at Jackson Christian Elementary school and has had the privilege of developing and writing the soccer curriculum for the program based on the guidelines set forth by the USSF for developing children ages 6-11 years old. He holds an E coaching license with the USSF.
Nick is an avid fan of the game and has been in love with soccer since he watched Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna play in the World Cup hosted by the USA in 1994. He currently watches the Premier League every weekend and supports Liverpool Football Club. Nick has been playing since he was seven and still tries to play locally or in recreational leagues at least once a week.
Our Wave coaches are a dedicated group of family and community members who bring a variety of coaching, teaching and youth sports experience to our players. Some are parents with a love for the sport, others are soccer players themselves, a few are just learning soccer or are transitioning from coaching other sports. Our program groups coaches together in such a way as to create a great blend of soccer knowledge, coaching experience and parental commitment.
Many of our current Wave coaches are affiliated with Hillsdale College in one way or another. Professors, staff, men's club soccer team members, recent graduates, and student volunteers. We also have several local teachers and business professionals on our coaching staff. We've even had high school soccer players getting an early start to what will hopefully become a lifelong love of coaching. Wave is rich with talented and committed people working together to serve our children and the community.