Emanuele Cocuzza

Academy Head Coach U8 Boys, Developmental Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • Coaching license: USSF Grassroots Coaching Licenses (U6, U8, U13+)
  • Years of coaching experience: 3 years
  • Private soccer camps with elementary school players (2019-2020)
  • Individual soccer coach in the DMV area (2020-2021)
  • Juventus Academy Assistant Coach (2021 – Present)
  • Developmental Programs Head Coach (2022 – Present)
  • U8 Academy Team Head Coach (2022 – Present)

Youth Playing Experience & Awards:

  • U10 North Italy Regional Champion at Luciano Calcio Manara Club
  • Played at youth club Pachuca FC in Bethesda, MD
  • 3-year HS Varsity starter at Washington Waldorf School
  • Potomac Valley Athletic Conference All Star Team (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Student Athlete of the Year (2018-2019) at Washington Waldorf School
  • (Alanna Marie Lake Award)
  • HS Varsity MVP at Washington Waldorf School (2018, 2019, 2020)

Collegiate/Professional Playing Experience:

  • IMF Intramural Soccer League at University of Maryland

Favorite team:

  • Lazio
  • Fiorentina

Hobbies:

  • Playing/watching soccer
  • Cooking
  • Debate Competitions

Why did you choose to become a coach?

I chose to become a coach because I love the game of soccer. I feel a lot of joy whenever I am around a soccer field. My playing experiences have taught me many facets about the game as well as varied life lessons. I love to guide young players towards their own improvement and see how they develop as young men and women both on and off the field. I find true passion in teaching players how to play soccer beautifully, so that the game can be enjoyed for those who have fun playing it, as well as those on the outside watching it.

What do you enjoy about coaching?

What I enjoy about coaching is to observe how each player has their own unique creativity and interpretation for the game. I believe my role should not be telling players what do to. Instead, I strive to give them the guidance and tools to interpret and play soccer with their own mind. I am also super excited when I see players create soccer with each other and connect on the field with amazing teamwork.

How do you hope to inspire your players?

I have had several coaches throughout my life and I have truly understood their importance on my development. I hope to inspire players my transmitting my love and passion for the game of soccer. I also believe in representing respect for others, fair conduct, and lively competition both on and off the field.

Emanuele Cocuzza