Soccer Stars Coaches
My name is Jacob Fulk, otherwise known as Coach Jacob. I’m 17, and I’ll be graduating from Sunset High School in June. Soccer has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve played for a few different local clubs over the course of the last 8 years, and I’ve been playing for the Sunset Varsity team since I was a sophomore. I love futsal because it highlights the technical side of the game, often requiring precise technique and skill over strength and speed. I absolutely love coaching little kids. Every day is different, they have such high energy, and they really make my job feel more like fun than work. I’ve refereed recreation soccer at the age group a lot of my students are in, I also babysit and volunteer at an after school program for elementary school students. But none of these things gives me the same rush as teaching them to dribble a soccer ball or shoot in the corners, because that’s what I’m passionate about. I think being a soccer stars coach is a point at which my passion for the games meets an opportunity to do some good and help kids grow, both on and off the field.
The wee ones know me as Coach Brenna, and I have been playing soccer since I was about their size. I continued to club outdoor leagues as a teenager in Southern California, and I discovered the joy of futsal after moving to Portland in 2006. My educational background is in social work and I have worked in a variety of settings with youth over the years, including after-school programs and as a social skills trainer. It is wonderful to merge my experience in youth mentorship with my love of soccer and futsal. I believe that team sports have the potential to foster important life skills such as leadership, cooperation, and discipline. However, it is always my top priority to ensure the game is fun.