December 9, 2011

Sousa brings winning touch to collegiate coaching

J. P. Sousa built a reputation as a skillful and successful soccer player during his career at Danbury High School and WCSU during the 1990s, and for more than a decade he has been sharing his experience, knowledge and passion for the sport with a new generation of youths engaged in club and collegiate competition.

From the beginnings of his coaching career with youth soccer clubs in Connecticut and northern Virginia, Sousa has relished getting back to the basics and gaining a deeper appreciation for the sport he has played since his own childhood in Danbury. The 1998 alumnus, who emerged as a top goal scorer and standout forward during his two seasons on the Colonials, received his first taste of coaching with the Eastern Football Club in Greenwich while he was completing his studies for a bachelor's degree in political science at WCSU. Since 2004 he has directed the women's soccer team at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., compiling the highest winning percentage of any CUA coach in the history of the team.

"I found that I loved teaching simple skills and tactics to young players, and enjoyed seeing them grow as players and people each season," Sousa observed. "I've taken that same approach to my teams at Catholic over the past eight years. Soccer is a simple game: I challenge the young women at CUA to do the simple things well, to become better athletes physically, and to understand the game so that they can adapt to anything another team tries to do against us."

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