Coach Boone has led the varsity soccer team to five straight vists to Hershey for the State Championship Game. The Panthers have captured five section championships, two WPIAL Championships and two State Championships during his time as head coach. Coach Boone was the head varsity soccer coach at East Allegheny High School for eight years. His teams went to the state playoffs seven of those eight years. During that time, Coach Boone coached two WPIAL Championship teams as well as one finalist. He was selected as WPIAL Coach of the Year in 1997. He combines his passion for coaching students on the soccer field with his passion for teaching mathematics to our middle school students.
The boy's soccer program at Sewickley Academy has been one of the elite soccer programs in the state since the mid 1990's. The Panthers captured PIAA State Championships in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2015. Sewickley Academy has won WPIAL Championships in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2013, and 2016. The team has been in the WPIAL playoffs consecutively for 18 seasons and has missed the State Playoffs only four times in those 18 seasons. The coaching philosophy includes the expectation that all players be in excellent physical shape.
Soccer is a very demanding physical sport and in order to teach the necessary skills, a solid foundation of fitness is needed. One cannot be a good soccer player without being in superior physical condition. Ball skills are the second most important aspect of playing soccer. The practice sessions include a lot of individual skill and team skill and tactical sessions. There will be many repetitions at times for basic skill improvement. In practice and games, we encourage players to take risks and gain confidence with all sorts of ball movements, shots and skills. Have confidence in your ability! Take a shot and shoot with the correct technique and ultimately you will be successful! If you miss ten times, then try it eleven times! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.