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Dennis Fowler - U13 Boys Travel

Mr. Dennis Fowler

U13 Torpedoes Boys Travel Team, U19 Tornadoes Girls Travel Team

Years/Coaching Experience:
25 years at the high school, premier, travel and rec levels

Why Do You Coach?

I love sports in general, but really love the game of soccer. I played the game my entire young adult life and now love coaching my kids and their friends. Soccer also gives me an opportunity to teach life lessons to my players like the value of hard work, the importance of mental toughness, and the rewards of teamwork.

Coaching History:
Coach Fowler has an extensive resume coaching soccer, which includes leading one of the best high school programs in the state. Coach Fowler has been the Coaching Director for the last seven years for the TYSC, leading his two of his travel teams to five NWD division championships. Before that, Dennis was the varsity coach for the Lewis Mills girls’ program, compiling a 176-25-6 overall record in his 12 years in Burlington, including 10 league championships. In 2010, Fowler’s team set a school record for wins, going 19-1 and advancing to the Class M State Championship game, where they lost to Suffield 1-0.

Brian Gode - U13 Boys Travel

Coach Brian Gode

U13 Torpedoes Boys Travel Team

Years/Coaching Experience:
Assistant coach to Dennis Fowler with the Torpedoes for 2 years

Why Do You Coach?
I enjoy watching the kids grow and learn the game. I didn’t start playing soccer until high school when I really feel in love with the game. Spending time with this group of kids has been really rewarding, challenging at times, but always a lot of fun.

Fun Fact:
I got involved with assistant coaching because Coach Fowler and I would talk after every game about strategy and game play.

Ken Gardiner - Future Stars (U6 Rec)

Coach Ken Gardiner

Rec U6 Future Stars

This will be my second session, I coached in the fall.

Why I coach?
I love introducing the game of soccer to the beginners, I also enjoy seeing the athletes improve as the weeks go on. The energy and enthusiasm the kids bring each week is great. 

Fun Fact:
I grew up in Terryville and played on the rec and travel teams growing up. I mainly played defense and goalie.   

Dave Downes - U9 Boys Travel

Coach Dave Downes

Terryville Thunder

Years/Coaching Experience:
3 years of Terryville Rec Soccer (Future Stars and Super Stars)
1 year of Terryville Thunder soccer
 years of Youth Basketball

Why do you coach?
I coach for many reasons!  I coach to give back to the game that gave so much to me as I was growing up.  I coach to give back to the community in which my kids and I live.  I coach to help provide a positive influence to the future leaders of our community. Youth sports can provide important experience in teamwork, sacrifice, determination, and competition.   I coach because what's better than seeing your group work together, improve, and succeed towards a common goal?  But most importantly, I coach because it is FUN!  

Fun fact:
I learned to ballroom and swing dance in high school as an escort in the Connecticut Junior Miss Pageant.


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