Scott Bowers, Boys U16 Head Coach & Goalkeeper Coach
I joined the Shattuck-St. Mary's Soccer Center of Excellence in 2017. I serve as a head coach and a Goalkeeper Coach here at SSM. I also work as a dorm parent and an advisee to our students. Prior to joining SSM, I served four years as the Men's Assistant soccer coach at West Virginia University.
My coaching philosophy is to develop student athletes to become better soccer players and prepare for not only college but everyday life in an everchanging world. I want players to be able to be pushed out of their comfort zones and gain confidence. I want players to have a positive attitude, maintain focus, and strive for excellence on and off the field every day.
I spent nine seasons as the Director of Goalkeeping for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. I also served as the head coach of the U19 Boys IMG Academy team and an assistant coach of the United States Developmental Academy Boys U16 and U18 teams.
I have also been an assistant coach at the United Soccer League Professional Combine with the IMG Academy Team in the United Soccer League Premier Development League. I was also a member of the National Goalkeeping staff for the United States Soccer Federation Coaching Education.
Other experiences include serving as the Goalkeeper Coach at Eckerd College, assisting the India Boys U15 National Team, and serving as the Goalkeeper Coach for the United States U17 Men's National Team on a trip to Ukraine. I also coached at the University of Tampa as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs. I helped the men's team to an NCAA Division II National Championship in 2001.
I spent three years in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged, earning a Letter of Commendation, a National Defense Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
I graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in physical education, while earning my master's degree from West Virginia University in physical education with a concentration in Athletic Coaching Education. I was also the men's assistant soccer coach at WVU while earning my master's degree.
I hold a United States Soccer Federation "A" License, a United States Soccer Federation National Goalkeeping License and NSCAA Level I, II Goalkeeping License.
My best role, however, is that of husband and father to my wife, Erica, and my two children, Tristan and Kaya!
Danny O'Keefe, Boys U16 Assistant Coach
I joined the Boys Soccer Center of Excellence in August of 2019 as the U17 and U16 Assistant Coach. Previously, I served as an assistant with Annandale United U23 and Bishop Ireton High School.
I attended Radford University and played a key role on our back-to-back Big South regular season championship teams in 2014 and 2015. I was also recognized as the Big South Defensive Player of the Year in my final season and earned several other individual accolades, inluding selections to the Big South Conference First Team, the VaSID First Team, and the All-South Region First Team.
After I graduated in 2015, I spent the next few years pursuing a playing career and spent time with Oklahoma City Energy U23s, Grythyttans IF, and the Philadelphia Fury. The game took me around the world and I met others who shared my passion for the game. I was lucky to become a part of several unique communities.
After a serious concussion, I spent some time away from soccer. but never lost the love I had for the game. I wanted to keep it as part of my life! That was what brought me back to Annandale United, the youth club I played for growing up and during my summers home from college. I was working a day job and coaching with them three nights a week. I realized that those evenings spent coaching were what I looked forward to the most at the start of each week and started looking for a chance to make it a bigger part of my life.
I can remember the impact that each of my coaches had on my understanding of the game. My favorite aspect of being a coach is the opportunity to help players improve at such an important stage of their lives and seeing them develop as players and grow as people.