|Pete McDonnell - Boys' Director of Coaching & Director of Youth Programs|
A native of The Republic of Ireland, Pete brings a history of soccer player development to Seacoast United Blackbear. His Father and Grandfather formed a soccer club in the West of Ireland in 1975, where Pete served as Director of Coaching and Youth Development as he returned to Ireland in 2012 to complete the prestegious UEFA B Coaching Diploma.
Previously, Pete has coached at Global Premier Soccer in Massachusetts from 2010-2012, before returning home to Ireland to coach with The Football Association of Ireland, Regional Emerging Talent Program on the Boy's side. Here, Pete worked with the elite soccer talent in the West of Ireland from the U10 to U15 age groups, propelling players to the Youth International teams and the League of Ireland Academy teams.
Since returning to the US in 2014, Pete has coached at Manhattan Soccer Club (NYE), fulfilled a Boys Technical Director role at FC Copa Acadmey (NJ), before moving back to Orono, the hometown of his Wife, Baylee.
Currently, Pete is in his rookie year as Head Coach of John Bapst Memorial High School, Boys Varsity soccer program, where he leads the team to their first Maine Regional Championship game in 10 years. Pete is also the Men's Assistant Coach at Husson University, where he has helped The Eagles to a (NAC) championship semi-final, this past season.
Pete played at every age group of youth and adult soccer in Ireland, representing his county and region at each level from U12-U18. He played college soccer with The National University of Ireland in Galway and had brief spells on trial with Sligo Rovers, during the League of Ireland U21 seasons.
Pete plans to begin his UEFA A license in the Summer of 2017 and is looking forward to completing this qualification, with the Seacoast United Maine North youth soccer players.
Coaching Qualifications: UEFA B Coaching Diploma (via FAI 2014); NSCAA National Diploma; NSCAA Player Development Diploma (Stages 1-5); SmartSoccer Cognitive Coaching Diploma; Maine State First Aid