Name: Amy Gaynor
Hometown: Austintown, Ohio
When did you first develop a love for soccer?
I’ve loved the game of soccer since a young age. I had a passion for putting on a uniform, taking the field, competing and mastering skills. As an adult, I still get a chill when I hear a ball come off the foot the right way.
Did you play soccer in high school/college?
I played 4 years of high school soccer. I played center mid, striker, center defense and left outside midfield. My nickname on the team was “Mouth.”
How long have you coached and in what capacity?
I’ve had the privilege of head coaching youth soccer for almost 10 years. I have coached both indoor and outdoor recreation club teams, premier level club teams and high school level soccer.
Tell us a little about your family?
I have been happily married for 6 years to my engineer husband, Brian Gaynor, who also happens to be my assistant coach for the FHS team. We have a 5-year-old son, Vinny, who is an avid reader and Lego builder; 7th grade Litchfield Middle School student, Sonny, who plays premier club soccer; Mya, a junior at Firestone, who is active in marching band and student council; and Niccolette, a freshman at Firestone, who is in the ASA program and varsity soccer player. Our family motto is “Many Leaves, One Tree.”
What is the one thing you are most looking forward to about the upcoming season?
I look forward to seeing positive changes with a structured program and intense preseason training regimen. I hope to empower this group of young women both on and off the pitch. I look forward to bringing this women’s program into the community to help encourage other female athletes. I am most excited to challenge this team to reach the next level of play and show them they have what it takes. I breathe that into each session I lead.
What is the one piece of advice you’d like to offer to both your new and returning players?
Talent will get you to the dressing room, but how you behave, and your effort determine if you stay there. On this team we play until the whistle blows. We are the first to arrive and the last to leave. We are invested in our craft and we study it relentlessly. We embrace change and growth. We accept no excuses and we train for results. We are committed to being part of something greater than just ourselves. We live by these words, I Can. I Will. Now Watch Me!Type your paragraph here.
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