On Sunday, March 5, assistant men’s soccer coach Hank Lewis and members of the Stevens Institute of Technology team conducted a free goalkeeping clinic for youth coaches and players at the Hoboken Little League Field. The clinic focused on ways to provide youth coaches the skills to teach goalkeeping with respect to age; to introduce and reinforce proper technical skills to keepers aged 6-17 years old; and building on previous clinics offered to the community while creating new opportunities for clinics and partnerships with Hoboken and the Stevens men’s soccer program.
Lewis, Stevens assistant Ben Tamberella, pro prospect and four-year starter Zach Carr, freshman Kyle DeKlerk, and freshman Calder Powell were instructors at the clinic.
The first session was for coaches on working with youth goalkeepers. Session two was an hour-long session for youths aged 6-12, and the final hour was targeted at keepers between the ages of 13-17.
Lewis and the rest of the staff discussed basic handling for younger goalkeepers; proper stance, movement, and form in basic saves; footwork and functional drills; tips on what to look for in proper form; and how to correct mistakes.
Over 40 area youths attended and coaches attended the camp and it received rave reviews from everyone involved.
“I would like to thank Coach Lewis for organizing the goalkeeping clinic for our coaches and players,” said Hoboken resident and organizer Leo Peligrini (Hoboken, N.J.). “It is great to see Stevens players and coaches involved in the community by providing their expertise to our participants.”
Head Men’s Soccer Coach Tim O'Donohue was also pleased with the day.
“Hank did a great job working with the coaches, players, and parents. It was a great event and we hope to continue to work with Hoboken and Leo (Peligrini) to help get our students and coaches involved with the local community.”