Men's soccer players sharpen skills in summer

Sean Moyo '15 (bottom left) and Peabo Knoth '17 (bottom right) pose for a photo of the Portland Phoenix's Starting XI against the Real Boston Rams at Gillette Stadium on June 28, 2014. (Courtesy photo)LEWISTON, Maine - A number of Bates College men's soccer players have used the summer months to improve their skills, playing in some of the nation's top amateur leagues in environments which allow for both development and competition.

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Merchant receives Scholar All-America Honors

Bates College senior Nate Merchant, already the recipient of a litany of postseason honors for his senior season on the Bates men's soccer team, was recognized for his academic excellence as well on Friday, as he was named a Second Team forward on the United Soccer Coaches' NCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-America Teams.

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Stewart Flaherty

Head Coach

Stewart Flaherty became head coach of the Bates College mens soccer team after the 2011 season, promoted into the head spot after assisting former head coach (and now Senior Coach of Soccer Programs) George Purgavie during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

A 2004 graduate of Loughborough University in England with a masters degree in sport psychology, Flaherty has accumulated extensive experience with player development and recruitment in the US. In addition to his coaching at Bates, for the past three years he has served as assistant coach with the Portland Phoenix senior team in the PDL, the third level of soccer in the US under MLS and the USL.

Flaherty helped the Phoenix make the PDL playoffs in all three seasons, including a Northeast Division title in 2012. In 2013, the team advanced to the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, losing 1-0 at professional franchise Rochester Rhinos.

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Cameron Omsberg

Assistant Coach, Bates College

Cameron Omsberg begins his second season as an assistant coach with the mens soccer program for 2013-14 and will serve as the teams lead assistant under head coach Stewart Flaherty.

Omsberg graduated from Lehigh University in 2013 and captained the Mountain Hawks as a junior and senior. A three-year starting defender, Omsberg earned a spot as a candidate for the Lowes Senior Class Award for contributions on and off the field in 2012.

The Belgrade, Maine, native also played for the MPS Portland Phoenix PDL team helping lead the team to four consecutive playoff appearances and a 2011 Northeast Division Championship.

“I am extremely excited to be given the chance to work with Bates in my home state. Im looking forward to helping players understand the life of a high level student-athlete, I have experienced it,” Omsberg said. “The NESCAC is a top-tier athletic and academic conference, and there is no doubt in my mind that Bates soccer is taking steps towards becoming a consistent title contender every year.”,

Omsberg also coaches at the youth level for the Portland Phoenix in the offseason. His sister, Ali, will be a junior on the Middlebury College womens soccer team in 2013.

 

Jeff Yaeger

Assistant Coach, Bates College

Jeff Yaeger works primarily with the goalkeepers of the Bates College mens and womens programs.Prior to Bates, Yaeger served as an assistant coach for goalkeepers at his alma mater, Saint Josephs College of Maine for a number of seasons between 2005 and 2013.

Yaeger also is the goalkeeper coach for the Portland Phoenix PDL team. Notable goalkeepers who have played for the PDL team include Ryan Thompson (Shamrock Rovers/Jamaica national team) and Matt Williams (professional with Dayton Dutch Lions).A 2004 graduate of St. Josephs, Yaeger ranks among the Monks program leaders in goalkeeper games (70), minutes (5,562), wins (22), saves (387), shutouts (10.5) and goals-against average (1.86). A three-year starter, he earned the schools Male Athlete of the Year award in 2004.

A native of Presque Isle, Maine, Yaeger holds both E and D licenses from US Youth Soccer as well as State Coaching and State Goalkeeping Diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

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