Goal Keeper Coaches
Excel Soccer's Goal Keeper Coaches work during the field training and the technical goal keeper training.
Coach Chris Staats
Director of Goalkeeping
I am pleased to share that Chris Staats will be our new director of goalkeeper training. I have played soccer with Chris for many years.
Coach Chris was a four-year varsity player at North Canton Hoover High school. After graduating from a technical school with no soccer team, Chris moved to Cleveland where he resumed his playing career in the Lake Erie League and other men’s leagues in the area, playing with Coach Tibi for many years. Soon after returning as a player, he began his coaching career at University School, where he was the goalkeeper coach and assistant varsity coach from 1997-2008. In 2006, Chris was honored to be voted the Ohio DII Boys Assistant Coach of the Year.
Coach Chris is currently the goalkeeper coach and assistant at Hathaway Brown School, where he has been coaching on the girls’ side since 2015. Many of his keepers have earned All-Greater Cleveland recognition, and several have gone on to play college soccer. As much satisfaction as he gained as a player, Coach Chris finds helping young goalkeepers to develop confidence, technical ability, and achieve success far more gratifying. A firm believer in “coaching beyond the game,” Chris asserts that the hard work, discipline, and character developed in training produces not only better goalkeepers, but better individuals.