Aug. 5, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland has named accomplished goalkeeping instructor Steve Pfeil as Assistant Men's Soccer Coach, the program's head coach, Mark Mettrick, announced today.
Pfeil will bring his extensive coaching resume to the University and tutor the Greyhounds' goalkeepers.
"We are very pleased that Stephen will be joining our staff at Loyola," Mettrick said. "It was most important that we hired a quality goalkeeping coach. I have known Stephen a long time and worked with him in the Maryland ODP program in the past. He is an excellent goalkeeping coach and brings a lot of experience coaching from the youth ranks in Maryland which we also hope will help us in our recruiting efforts"
Pfeil takes over goalkeeper coaching from Kyle Swarts who was with the Greyhound for four seasons. Swarts was married recently and accepted a new job in the financial industry that conflicted with his coaching duties.
We wish Kyle Swarts all the best in his new job," Mettrick said. "Kyle has done an outstanding job coaching our Goalkeepers here at Loyola and helping the program grow and develop both on and off the field. Kyle has always been a quality coach and person and I think he can be proud of his contribution to the Loyola soccer program and he will be missed."
Over the last 21 years, Pfeil has been active in coaching club soccer with the Potomac Soccer Association and the Olney Boys and Girls Club (OBGC). In 2010, he helped the Boys' U-19 OBGC Alliance Premier reach the Maryland State Cup final before losing narrowly in penalty kicks. He also led the U-16 Potomac Rockets to the 2000 State Cup title.
During the last decade, Pfeil has coached goalkeepers in the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program, working with all top-level goalkeepers in the state.
In addition to his work with the club programs and the ODP, Pfeil has been highly involved in the high school soccer scene. He has coached at three high schools since 1987 - St. Alban's (Washington, D.C.), Queen Anne School (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Magruder High School (Rockville, Md.).
Pfeil helped lead the 2007 Magruder side to a 19-0-0 record, a Maryland 4A State Championship and No. 9 national ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The team had dedicated its season to the memory of former head coach Scott Alexander who died after a battle with brain cancer in March 2007.
An active member of promoting the growth of soccer in the state, Pfeil served as a founding board member of the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown and worked for more than three years as a programs coordinator for Montgomery Soccer, Inc., one of the largest youth soccer organizations in the United States. In addition, Pfeil taught high school social studies at Queen Anne School.
Prior to becoming a coach, Pfeil was a highly success collegiate and professional soccer player.
He started his collegiate career in the Ivy League at Columbia University where he was a backup goalkeeper for the 1983 team that advanced undefeated and untied to the NCAA Division I Final before losing, 1-0, to Indiana in double overtime.
While at Columbia, Pfeil earned a spot on the U-20 U.S. Youth National Team, helping the team qualify for the 1983 U-20 World Youth Cup in Mexico.
Pfeil transferred to American University in Washington, D.C., where he was the Eagles' starting goalkeeper in 1985 and 1986. He helped the team advance to the 1985 NCAA Division I Championship Game, one that would become a college soccer classic. The Eagles ultimately lost, 1-0, to UCLA in eight overtimes.
Following his college career, Pfeil was the starting goalkeeper for Club Espana, a semi-professional team in the Washington, D.C., area. He helped the team survive three penalty kick shootouts, including one in the final, as Espana won the 1987 U.S. Open Cup.
He went with many of his teammates to the Washington Diplomats of the American Soccer League in 1988 and helped the side win the league title over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Pfeil played again for the Diplomats in 1989 and then for the 1990 American Professional Soccer League Champion Maryland Bays.
Pfeil was an Adidas and Parade All-America goalie at Stuyvesant High School in New York City and played youth soccer for BW Gottsche.
Pfeil and his wife of 23 years, Maureen, maintain residences in Beltsville, Md., and Vernon Hills, Ill.