Hey there. My name is Bryan Coe and I’m the editor for SoccerHandbook.com. I’ve been playing soccer since I was 8 years old. I won’t tell you how many years ago that was though, but you can guess my age by the classic Copas I still wear. HA!
Throughout my soccer career, I played with a number of club teams, select teams (there were no academy teams in the US back then), as well as through high school. I didn’t play on a college team, mostly because I graduated from the University of Tennessee and they didn’t have a collegiate team at the time. I ended up playing with a group of internationals. This taught me a lot about the different styles of soccer around the world. There were some excellent players on the team, and we usually beat the UT club team when we played them.
Sometimes I think I wouldn’t still be playing if I had played competitively in college. I probably would have been injured or might have burned out.
Today, I don’t know how I would live without soccer! It is my stress relief. I get out there on the pitch and all I have to worry about is chasing that ball around. I’m still very active in the soccer community and play year-round. Through my company, I also sponsor a team, FC Blackbird, that plays indoors.
Our mission with Soccer Handbook is to be the ultimate soccer resource and help people keep playing and enjoying soccer, the beautiful game, throughout their lives.
Hi everyone! My name is Deirdre Bradley and I am a content creator for Soccer Handbook. You will probably read some of my articles or even see me in a video.
Since I can remember, I have always had a soccer ball at my feet. Whether it was watching Premier League games with my dad on Saturday and Sunday mornings, or playing with my friends, soccer has always been a huge part of my life. I started playing in little rec leagues at the age of 4 and I remember just loving it every time I stepped on the field (regardless of how shy I actually was off the field!). I played on a few travel teams growing up, but by 7th grade, I was on a very competitive team that travelled all across the country to play in different tournaments. I played on this club team all throughout high school and committed to Old Dominion University by my junior year.
I graduated from ODU in 2019 with a double major in Sports Management and Business Management. At ODU I was also a two-year captain on the women’s soccer team there, played and started all 78 games and won defensive player of the year in 2016. My primary position is holding midfield, but I also have experience in center back and striker. (Holding mid is by far the best position on the field! )
I have currently been accepted into the master’s program at Durham University in England and will also be playing for their University team. This is the first step in playing overseas, and I hope to make a little name for myself so I can sign with another team after I have completed my masters!
Soccer has always been of the main things that brings me so much joy. After tearing my ACL, I was worried that my love for the game would slowly dwindle, but it actually made me appreciate the game more in ways I don’t think I ever would have been able to see if I wasn’t injured for such a long time! Don’t know where or who I would be without this incredible sport!!
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