Meet the assistant coach: Cedar Creek’s Philip Schaffer

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Philip Schaffer School: Cedar Creek High School Current sport/level: Soccer, varsity assistant Other sports I coach: Boys basketball Age/hometown: 26, Upper Township Family: Wife, Kristen Schaffer My high school/Year graduated: Ocean City 2005 My college/Year graduated: Elizabethtown College 2009 Coaching experience: I have coached at all levels, including middle school girls and boys baseball. I have coached as a volunteer varsity basketball assistant at Ocean City High School (CAL Champs, boys basketball 2010). I have coached at Cedar Creek for four years as the head coach for basketball and three years as an assistant for soccer, as well as local rec leagues for more than10 years. In addition, IPhil Schaffer for web have coached various basketball camps since the age of 14, most notably Villanova Basketball Camp. Athletic experience: I have participated in soccer and basketball my entire life. As a high school student, I was an All-Conference, All-South Jersey, and All-State soccer player for OCHS, winning three CAL titles, three South Jersey titles and one state title. On the basketball court, I was an All-Conference and All-South Jersey selection during my senior year. In addition, I have been named OCHS Boys’ Basketball player of the decade for the 2000s. At the college level,I was a three-year starter on Elizabethtown College’s basketball team, leading the conference in assists and steals for two consecutive years. In my old-man days, I now compete in triathlons, recently completing the Lake Placid Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). What I like about coaching: Coaching allows me the opportunity to help others. I enjoy the competition. Coaching student-athletes at Cedar Creek allows me to work with young players. Every day having the chance to improve student athletes’ mindset, focus and ability is very rewarding. Coaching allows the student-athletes to see me in a different light than teaching, as well as myself seeing them differently from the classroom. It builds relationships where we as coaches often take on more significant roles in our student-athletes’ lives. My coaching philosophy: I believe in a disciplined environment. High school athletics are just that. They are student-athletes, not athletic students. The academic portion of the sport is very important. I believe in teaching the fundamentals and technical skills. Improving individual ability will improve your game skills. As a coach it is important to be firm, fair and consistent with all student-athletes. Coaching highlight of career: As a soccer coach it has been very rewarding having two players named all-conference this year (senior captains Jon Newman and Amondo Porrini). Coach I most admire: Coach Jay Wright from Villanova. His intensity and commitment to winning along with the rapport he has with his players. Favorite sports team(s): New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Notre Dame football, Villanova basketball If I could play for a professional sports team, I would love to play for: Manchester United.


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