Sean Bushey, Boys U19 Head Coach & Director of Boys Soccer
I joined Shattuck-St. Mary's School as the Director of Boys Soccer in November of 2016, arriving from Colorado where I served as the Director of the Senior Academy for the Colorado Rush. Previously I spent twenty years coaching at the collegiate level, seventeen years of which I was at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, which also provided opportunities to coach in the USL, work with Region IV ODP as a head coach, and come alongside the local club, Spokane Shadow, as their Director. This soccer coaching journey has taken place over four different decades and has taught me many things, most of which I would not have predicted as I ended my collegiate playing career at Belhaven College.
I entered into the coaching profession as a 22-year-old, mostly because I wanted to continue to be in and around this great game, and I wanted to keep competing. Now, a few decades later, I still carry those traits but I now see the additional, greater value of being able to come alongside young people to help support, guide, mentor, and lead them along their life's journey, teaching them that all they have to be is themselves, to do their very best, and to give what they have to others. This is what will bring lasting joy, and this is what will bring meaning to their commitment and drive to play soccer. This is also what brings purpose and joy to my coaching, leading, and directing.
SSM allows this to come to the forefront each and every day. I have earned my master's degree (Eastern Washington University, 1992). I have earned my USSF "A" License (1996). I have earned my USSF Academy Director's License (2018). Each has certainly helped me along my coaching journey, but not near as much as the players and coaching colleagues I have met along the way. And, certainly not as much as my wife, three sons and two grandchildren continue to help and teach me each day.
Danny O'Keefe, Boys U19 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, including 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.