IL High School Soccer Coaches Association Recognizes Patrick Molinari as its Assistant Coach of the Year
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Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Recognizes Patrick Molinari as its
Assistant Coach of the Year
Oswego, Ill. (November 15, 2019) — The Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) has recently recognized Oswego East High School’s boy’s assistant soccer coach, Mr. Patrick Molinari, as its Assistant Coach of the Year. “Mo is an amazing teacher and coach,” indicated Laura Bankowski, principal at Oswego East “and I am really excited that he is receiving this recognition!”
Mr. Molinari has been coaching soccer at Oswego East High School for 11 years. He is also the Kinetic Wellness teacher that teaches Excel, a strength and conditioning class, which is offered to Juniors and Seniors. He has played soccer his entire life. However, when he attended Marshall University, he decided to take a break from soccer and played baseball instead.
Over the years he has noticed that the biggest change to the game is how much bigger, faster, and skilled the players have become and continue to become. He believes in building relationships with his players and letting them know how much he cares as the most important part of motivation to the game and to his team. “If players are not willing to run through walls for me as a coach,” indicates Mr. Molinari, “I am doing something wrong.”
He credits his dad, a Marine and bricklayer, as his greatest inspiration and notes that when a poem by Linda Ellis, entitled “The Dash” was read at his father’s funeral, it helped Molinari to gain a better understanding that life is short, sometimes really short, and it is important to get the most out of every day. This line from that poem, “The year that I was born and the year I will die are significant but not as significant as the line that goes between those two years.” Mr. Molinari visualizes that “line” to remind himself of his responsibility to make a difference and an impact on all those he encounters.
On behalf of Oswego Community Unit School District 308’s Board of Education, teachers, staff, and students, congratulations Mr. Molinari!