Sky Blue FC is proud to announce Kate Schwindel as its most recent TeamSnap MVC (Most Valuable Coach) of 2020. Schwindel is a Job Coach for the Livingston High School special education program and currently coaches the Livingston U-9 youth team as well as the Livingston High School JV women’s soccer team. She was chosen as this week’s TeamSnap MVC because of her continued dedication to the Disability community, assisting adults with disabilities explore different jobs in their community and learn new job skills.
Sky Blue’s TeamSnap MVC honors coaches in our communities that exemplify undeniable commitment to player growth and education. During this difficult time, we are hoping to shine a light on coaches that are going above and beyond for their team whilst navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Kate was clearly nominated based on both her accomplishments as a coach, but also who she is as a person,” said Sky Blue Business Development Manager Matt Berner. “Her work with adults from 18-21 years-old in the Disability community shows how she’s focused on what can be achieved, and it’s our tremendous pleasure to recognize her for the extraordinary work she is doing.”
Schwindel has kept her teams connected and active during this pause in sports with a focus on keeping player’s minds engaged in the soccer aspect of their lives. Her Livingston Soccer Club hosted a virtual FIFA 20 tournament for the community to benefit Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Beyond these events, Schwindel has also hosts online training sessions for her U-9 team twice a week and provides them with a “practice plan” of different skills and drills to work on. She includes challenges in the plan to push her players to work hard and reach goals while they are off the pitch. More than anything, Schwindel makes sure to be available to her players during their regular practice times to help them continue to develop until they can take the field again.
Nominations for Sky Blue’s TeamSnap MVC are currently open. If you would like to nominate a coach in your community, please click here.