Sue Montagne Patberg is one of the most accomplished coaches in college soccer, coaching at University of Minnesota, University of Georgia, and Emory University over a 27 year career that includes numerous trips to the NCAA tournament and “coach of year” awards along the way. In this extensive interview that covers many aspects of the women’s game, Coach Patberg takes us on her journey from top player on the high school and college level to coaching at the highest level of NCAA soccer.
00:00 Intro of series and guest; Reviewing the 2021 season
02:53 Recruiting; DIII v D1; Transfer portal; Coaching at DIII v coaching at DI
15:15 Coaches from Northern Virginia; Growing up in NOVA; Coach’s family
19:25 Coach Patberg as a sports parent
23:30 Earliest soccer influences; Memorable coaches; Coaches that pass the test of time
29:30 Club career
31:45 High school soccer; Coach Jim Rike; Should top players play high school soccer?
35:50 Girls’ club teams; structure
38:28 Choosing UMass; Playing for Coach Bonda; Playing career
44:42 Playing pro soccer; NWSL
48:30 Getting into coaching; Taking the job at Univ of Minnesota
57:20 Coaching college v national team v professional
01:01:25 Moving to Univ of Georgia; Football coach Vince Dooley
01:08:00 Great moments at Emory; Conclusion
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