The Cutters Soccer Club takes pride in having one of the top coaching staff’s in the state of Indiana. The club’s priority is to bring in coaches that understand the importance of player development as well as youth development and who value long term participation from all their players. Coaches are required to hold a coaching license through either the NSCAA or USSF coaching schools and 11 hold a “C” equivalent or higher. These schools provide guidelines and methodology for age appropriate training and development. The current coaching staff consists of 7 former or current college coaches, 3 IYSA Coach of the Year award winners and 6 local high school coaches. Several of the current coaches are former Cutter players and 16 of the coaches played college soccer. Please click through their photos below and discover for yourself what a wonderful staff the club is so fortunate to have assembled.
Tom Berry grew up playing and learning the game of soccer in the early stages of the Bloomington soccer scene that is known today as the Cutters Soccer Club. Tom’s understanding of the community and the history of Bloomington soccer make him uniquely suited to assist the club in their pursuit of creating an environment where every player may develop a passion for the game while fulfilling their potential as soccer players and young people. As a youth player, Tom was a member of the Indiana state ODP team and played college soccer at Indiana University.
In 2006 Tom was named the Indiana Youth Soccer Association’s Director of Coaching of the year. He was again a finalist for the award for 2010 and 2011. In the winter and summer, Tom owns and operates the Bloomington United Soccer School (www.busoccer.com) which is an indoor soccer facility that many of the Cutters and surrounding area players utilize for their enjoyment and improvement in the off-season. Tom holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, a USSF National Youth License and the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
Why I coach youth soccer: I find that the relationships you build with the players are truly one of the most enjoyable aspects of coaching soccer. It provides me a unique connection to the community that is very enriching and allows me to share the sport that I love. My goals for the club’s players goes beyond just helping them reach the pinnacle of their given abilities. Soccer has much more to give well after their youth soccer days are past that will benefit them immeasurably. Tolerance to adversity, sportsmanship, confidence and creativity are just a few of the characteristics that I feel have been enhanced due to my participation in soccer. I hope the club’s players receive similar benefits and participate in the sport in some manner for a lifetime.
Originally from Zimbabwe, coach Victor came to Bloomington in the 1990s to attend Indiana Univeristy. He began coaching for the club his junior year at IU in 1999 and has coached a wide range of age groups from U9-U18. From 1999-2000, Victor was the JV coach for the BHSN Boys soccer team. He rejoined the North coaching staff as an assistant/JV coach in 2005 and became the head coach for Bloomington North in 2008 (to present). In 2012, Victor was a finalist for the Indiana Youth Soccer Association’s “Youth Travel Coach of the Year” award. Victor holds the NSCAA National Diploma, USSF National Youth License, & USSF “D” License.
Why I coach youth soccer: Soccer is a huge passion for me and some of my fondest memories from childhood are from playing, whether with neighborhood friends, club and school teams or semi-professionally. Growing up in Zimbabwe, soccer was the number one sport and everyone wanted to play and emulate their heroes they saw at the stadiums and on TV. I want to pass that passion on to the young players I have the privilege to work with and coaching is a small way of saying thank you to the game that has brought me so much joy.
Don Madvig is a long time member of the Cutters Soccer Club and brings 27 years of coaching experience to the club’s staff. Don is originally from Illinois where he spent 4 seasons as the head coach for Monmouth College (IL) in the 1980s. After relocating to Bloomington in 1990, Don coached the Bloomington North High School team and for the Cutters Soccer Club before joining Indiana University’s soccer staff as an assistant for the both the men’s and women’s programs. (Assistant Coach, Indiana University Women’s Team, 1994 – 2002; Assistant Coach, Indiana University Men’s Team, 1994 1995). In 2005, Don was named Indiana Youth Soccer Coach of the Year by the Indiana Youth Soccer Association.and is a member of the Cutters Soccer Hall of Fame. Don Holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Don has been coaching the Cutters 93 Boys age group with coach Terry Phelps since they were U11. Don has been instrumental in creating a high rate of retention of his players in the 93 boys age group. Don and Terry’s efforts have truly achieved the club’s mission of developing their players passion for the game while fulfilling their potential as soccer players and young people.
Don’s 93 Red team has reached the final 4 of the State Cup and qualified to participate in the Midwest Regional League each of the last three seasons.
Coach Madvig will be coaching the 98 girls, 97 boys red and 93 boys red for 2009/2010 seasons.
Why I coach youth soccer: I coach soccer because I love the sport. It’s helped shape me as an athlete, a team member and a coach. It has affected the type of person I am in everyday life as well. As a result, I want the chance to give back to the sport some of what it has given me.
Michael is a Bloomington native and grew up playing and learning the game as a member of the Cutters Soccer Club. Michael has coached continually (ages 11-14) since joining the Cutters staff in 2003. While both an undergrad and graduate student at IU, Michael also participated as a trainer for the Cutters Community soccer recreational program. Michael played soccer for Bloomington North and as a starter helped North advance to two semi-states (final 8). Michael holds the NSCAA National Diploma, USSF National Youth License & USSF “D” License.
Why I coach youth soccer: As someone who grew up playing in the Cutters program, I definitely feel an obligation to give back. Promoting such an amazing game to young kids is extremely rewarding. Seeing the kids have a smile on their face gives me a great sense of pride and makes it fun for me. Cutters is a great program and I am happy to be a part of it.
Coach Kate Phillips is a native of Decatur, Illinois where she grew up playing for the Midstate Soccer Club. Kate attended Depauw University where she excelled for the Div III soccer team and earned her degree in Elementary Education. In college she spent her summers coaching summer soccer camps. Kate coached for her hometown Midstate Soccer Club for two years following college before relocating to Bloomington to teach Elementary School.
Why I coach soccer: Coaching soccer combines two of my biggest passions: working with kids and playing soccer. I have played soccer my whole life and love the game! I am also a third grade teacher in Bloomington, so working with kids and helping them grow is something that is very important to me. I hope to inspire young athletes to grow as soccer players, make long lasting friendships, and make wonderful memories.
Harvard was first exposed to the game of soccer while attending a small high school in Maine as it was the only fall sport offered. He got back into coaching the sport in 1999 when Tabernacle Christian School in Martinsville started their soccer program and has been the head coach there for the past 13 years. He also coached with the local YMCA while his kids were involved with the program and has remained active in working with the coaches and players. In the spring of 2011, he became involved with the Cutters as the U17 assistant coach and as a trainer and training coordinator in the Community soccer program. Harvard holds the NSCAA National Diploma, USSF National Youth License & USSF National “D” License.
Why I coach Youth Soccer: My high school coach taught me so much about the game and it’s reflection of life. It is a small way I can give back to the game and try to pass on to the kids the lessons in teamwork and hard work I learned from him. The best part is watching a young person work hard at what they are being taught and see the joy on their face when they are able to accomplish what they have been working on. I love this Beautiful Game and want to share my passion with as many kids as possible.
Terry grew up in a small town in upstate New York where there was no “American football”. The fall sport was soccer and Terry learned the game when much of the country still had no exposure to the sport. Terry began coaching many years ago when his family moved Nebraska and his son begain playing for a newly formed youth club in Gretna, Nebraska. Since moving to Bloomington, Terry started coaching with the Cutters club after his grandson began participating. Terry has been involved as an assistant and now the head coach for the Cutters 93 White for the past 6 years. Terry holds the USSF National “D” Coaching License.
Why I Coach Youth Soccer: First, I love the game. What other sport forces both an individual player and his teamates to make adjustments on the field without the benefit of a timeout or substitutions every 30 seconds. What a game !! Also, after going through a bad experience with one of my kids in another organized sport, I wanted to be certain that my other kids and grandkids had a good experience that they can pass on to their children. As a side benefit I have been able to watch both my grandson and his teamates grow both as players and young adults. I like to think that I have had a positive affect on the 30 or so kids in my grandsons age group that will help them to be responsible adults in the community they elect live and raise their familys. I do believe that higher education is very important, however I also belive that being a part of team of 15-18 young men has benefits past what any level of formal education can bring.
Kevin is a native of Bloomington and grew up playing and learning the game of soccer in the Cutters Soccer Club. As a player, Kevin won back to back state championships for the Cutters Soccer Club during his U18 and U19 seasons. Kevin attended IU and was a member of the IU men’s soccer team. During his time at IU Kevin became involved with the club coaching in the Cutters Academy as a trainer. Kevin spent 4 years as a varsity assistant for Bloomington HS South before being named the head varsity coach in 2011. Kevin holds the USSF “D” Coaching license.
Why I Coach Youth Soccer: I coach youth soccer because when I was playing youth soccer I was given some amazing opportunities that allowed me to take my passion for the game to high levels. It’s very rewarding to provide our local youth with the same opportunities.
Carl is a young and passionate coach who has been coaching soccer over at Edgewood High School for two years. He also assisted with Cutters travel team before he took the current coaching responsibility with Cutters 95 Boys White. Carl holds the USSF “E” Coaching license.
Why I Coach Youth Soccer: I love the game and I want to see soccer grow in the community. I also feel that soccer, as an organized team sport, teaches our youth skills that will help them later in life such as responsibility, teamwork, orginization, perseverance, sportsmanship, leadership and so on.
Jeff Thomas is the current coach of the 97 Cutters Girls travel team. Originally from New Zealand he is a long time Bloomington resident and father of three current players at Cutters. Jeff also spent a season as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the IU Women’s team. He previously coached the Cutters 98 boys and was an assistant with the Bloomington High School South Girl’s team. In 2008, Jeff received the honor of Recreational Coach of the Year from the Indiana Youth Soccer Association. He holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, the USSF “C” License, NSCAA Level 1&2 Goal Keeping diplomas and the USSF National Youth License.
Why I coach youth soccer: My coaching philosophy for youth players is to try to make every day challenging but fun for the players, and to help them develop a love of the game regardless of results or performance. I know that the players I coach are spending only part of their soccer journey with me, but I seek to improve a player’s technical ability when the opportunity to instruct them arrives. I want to build self-reliance, a sense of responsibility, fair play, and shared teamwork among all the players on my teams. And in the end, I hope for them to enjoy soccer as much as I do.