January - Coach of the Month

Gazelle Sports Soccer wants to recognize those individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role as a coach. Whether your coach has developed a significant coaching program, exemplified an enthusiasm that uplifts their players, or positively promoted an awareness of the "larger futbol world" within the local soccer community, we encourage you to reach out to us with their achievements.

First of all, shout out goes to all of those who nominated their coach for the month of January. To start the year 2018 off, we have chosen Stacy DeLonge as our January Coach of the Month. Stacy is the club trainer, coach, and goalkeeper director for Cap City Athletic 1847 based out of Lansing, MI.

Stacy attended Michigan State University where she was an accomplished student-athlete, playing goalkeeper for the MSU women’s soccer team and studying telecommunications and Spanish. She was credited with her USSF C-License in 2005, USSF Youth License in 2007, and also serves as the College Soccer Guidance Program Director for Cap City, preparing young players to compete at the college level.

Once again this year, Cap City chose to spread some holiday cheer for children in need throughout the Lansing area. With the help from Ingham County Health and Cap City families, Stacy DeLonge, in her role as Cap City Community Outreach Director, organized an event to help children of all ages who are in foster care due to abuse or neglect on behalf of a parent. The Cap City '01 and '02 girls teams set out to provide each one of these children with one or two of their requested gifts for the holiday season.

Stacy said her job as coach and mentor is to, “elevate the landscape of youth sport through the daily player experience while focusing on player development, character development, and lifelong passion.”

Exclusive Q&A

Q:What’s your favorite soccer shoe all time?
A:The traditional Copa Mundial...with my added white laces. Although, now, anything NIKE

Q:Favorite club team? (EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga)
A:I support Chelsea - no hating. Also, the Seattle Sounders.

Q:Favorite player? (men, women, U21)
A:Peter Schmeichel (GK), Clint Dempsey and of course Megan Rapinoe

Q:When you coach and teach your team defense, what's more important technique or attitude?
A:Attitude first. As they get condent, technique is a must!

Q:What do you think is the best character trait a coach can possess?
A:Integrity...then passion!

Q:If you could choose one place to live in the world where would it be and why?
A:Paris, France - b/c of the many pastry shops, baguettes, mass transportation, sights, and more food! (And football of course!)

Q:Is cereal soup?
A:NO! Is this a real question?

Q:What’s wrong but sounds right?
A:My singing.

Q:If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?
A:Gosh, this is a toughy. Someone charismatic, full of life and spunky. Should probably have a great voice too - anyone come to mind?

Q:What’s your cure for hiccups?
A:Scaring the bejesus out of someone!

Q:Do you think playing time is more important than training with the best coaches and players?
A:Depends on the age, although, training in a quality environment is always extremely beneficial!

Q:Is having fun more of an importance than winning?
A:Yes - although sometimes we are guilty of forgetting.

Q:Who’s some of your favorite musicians, bands or singers?
A:I love David Bowie and grew up with the Beach Boys, but any 80's tune will do!

Q:Why do you feel like impacting the community is important for your club?
A:Being a good citizen and supporting the place in which we live is a must. We are very lucky that we can serve as role models for the boys and girls in our club. It is extremely important to teach these valuable life skills to our youngsters. After all, as hard as it is for some to believe, there are more important things in the world than sport.

Stacy, thank you for your generosity during this holiday season. We sincerely appreciate all of your support in helping these kids celebrate the holiday season!