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Player to Coach: Meghan Frey



Meghan Frey, from Endwell, NY is one of the top goalkeepers in Mercyhurst College history. Inducted into her college Hall of Fame in 2010, Frey holds every major goalkeeping record in Mercyhurst women’s soccer history. During her collegiate career, she was named first team Division II All-American honors in 2000, third team All-American honors in 2001 and first team All-Conference and All-Region honors from 1998-2001. She also led the program to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1999 through 2001, including NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance in 1999 and 2000.
After graduation, Frey got her start playing professional soccer in 2002, with the Boston Renegades of the W-League. In her first season, she helped the team to a National Championship. After her stop with the Boston Renegades, she signed with the New York Power of the Women's United Soccer Association for the 2003 season. In the 2004-2005 season, Frey moved to England to play for Bristol City in the English Premier League. During her time with Bristol City, she was also the clubs goalkeeper instructor and an academy coach. Once returning stateside, Frey continued coaching while playing for the Long Island Rough Riders W-League team.

When speaking about her playing experience shaping her as a coach, Frey stated, “I am truly grateful for every experience I was able to have as a player. Each step of the way, through youth, college, and pro, I learned something about myself both as a player and a person. What really motivated me to compete and aspire to the next level was my own desire to be better. As a coach, I hope that I am able to teach the game in a way that makes it both competitive and enjoyable for young players while also allowing them to believe in themselves and find intrinsic motivation to continue on. Each player’s journey with the sport will be unique, so focusing on the process, experiences, and opportunities we can provide young athletes along the way is what is most important to me as a coach.”

With the Long Island Rough Riders, Frey was an integral part of growing the youth program during her time there from 2004-16. She would also serve as the Assistant Coach for the W-League team from 2009-2011. During her 12 years with the Rough Riders, she was also a college coach at NCAA Division II Dowling College and NCAA Division I St. John’s University.

In 2017, Frey would join New York Surf as Director of Coaching, before joining Long Island SC as the Girls Director of Coaching in June 2018. In her first season at the club, she led the 2004 group to Girls Development Academy play-offs. In Fall 2020, she led the club into the inaugural season of the Girl Academy, and into the US Youth Soccer National League North Atlantic Conference managed by EDP Soccer. The club currently has 4 girls teams participating in the conference, with the 2008 Blue team currently in first place in the Premier II Division.

On her experience in coaching in EDP Soccer leagues, Frey commented, “I have had the pleasure of coaching teams within the EDP system for almost a decade now. The consistency in quality and competition EDP is able to provide is unmatched; but more importantly EDP is closely aligned with the values that are most important to me as a coach. EDP is the ideal platform for our club and players because the principles of trust, fair play, and respect are at the forefront of the operation.”

Frey currently holds a USSF B License, US Youth National License, and is in the process of obtaining an USSF A License.

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