The Geneva girls soccer program strives to meet the needs of both the experienced player and those new to the sport. We focus on teaching proper technique and basic strategy as we build our team. The girls learn to work hard physically and focus on team goals. We strive to compete strongly in our district and region and encourage the appropriate expression of fun and joy that should be inherent in all team sports. Opportunities to play soccer begin in the grammar school and continue with our co-ed fall-season middle school team for sixth–eight grade boys and girls. Girls may join the varsity team to participate in a training capacity as early as seventh grade. As coaches, we are excited to share our love of the game with the young ladies of Geneva.
Tracy Talesnick grew up playing soccer in Tampa. She represented the state of Florida on state select teams from 14–18 years old. She made the southern regional team and U.S. women’s national team the summer before her senior year. Tracy attended North Carolina State University on a soccer scholarship, played in the final four, was team MVP, and captained a team that was in the top 10 her final three years in college. Tracy was an all-south and ACC tournament first team selection multiple times, and was on the ACC academic honor roll all four years. Finally, Tracy continued to represent the U.S. by playing in two Olympic training programs while she was in college.
After graduating from NCSU, Tracy worked for two years before pursuing her MBA at University of Florida. After completing her MBA she took a job with Progress Energy in Central Florida. She continued to play adult soccer and began to dip her toe into coaching. Tracy has now been coaching both boys and girls, at many different age levels, since 2003. She currently coaches at the club level for Spirit United soccer club, the competitive arm of ACYS.
“I really enjoy coaching young people and sharing my love for the beautiful game. I believe in teaching fundamentals and focusing on long-term development, not the quick fix that wins a game. I see my players as individuals that need to not only be taught soccer, but to embrace hard work and commitment to a team. Additionally, I believe strongly that the players should treat other teams, refs and parents with respect, that we win and lose games with class, and that we keep sports in the proper perspective in life.”
Off the field, Tracy volunteers regularly for her church and The Geneva School. Tracy and her husband, Noah, have two children at Geneva: Nathan (class of 2018) and Taylor (class of 2020).
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