Panama, City, Panama - After graduating from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 2013 and spending the following year at SSM as a Postgraduate, Francisco Narbon ’13, a member of the Soccer Center of Excellence, had one more match to play in before joining the James Madison Dukes. Narbon represented his home country of Panama as he played for the Panamanian National Team in an international friendly against Cuba. The former Sabre earned his second cap for his country as Panama defeated Cuba 4-0 in Panama City. Narbon also represented Panama in the U-17 World Cup as well as the CONCACAF U20 Qualifying Tournament.
While at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Narbon helped the Boys U18 DA team reach the National Championship game in 2013, and scored two goals in the academy playoffs in 2014 to lead the Sabres to their second straight quarterfinals appearance. Tito will be attending James Madison University in the Fall where he will play soccer for the Dukes.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Director of the Girls Soccer Center of Excellence Joe DeMay announced that David Lovercheck and Kasey McKenney will join the program as coaches. Lovercheck will serve as a head coach for the program and commit his time to both the U17 as well as the U18 team. Coach Lovercheck joins SSM after spending the past five years as the assistant women’s soccer coach at San Jose State University. While at SJSU, Lovercheck helped the Spartans to two Western Athletic Conference titles, and in 2009, the program boasted the second longest unbeaten streak in the nation.
“We are excited not only about Coach Lovercheck’s experience as a Division I coach, but also because he will expand our network of college coaches to greatly enhance our contacts on the West Coast,” Coach DeMay said.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Coach Lovercheck also led the Mountain View Los Altos Girls U15 team to the 2013 National Finals.
“Coach Lovercheck has demonstrated his ability to develop youth players and has a strong commitment to playing the possession style of soccer for which Shattuck is becoming quickly renowned,” DeMay said.
Coach Lovercheck comes to the Shattuck-St. Mary’s community with his wife Jennifer and their daughter Emily.
Coach DeMay also announced the addition of Kasey McKenney to the staff as an assistant coach. McKenney was four-year letter winner at Rice University as a midfielder for the Owls, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine in 2014.
Coach McKenney was a stand out on and off the field, earning three Conference USA Academic Honor Roll selections, as well as being named a two-time Rice Honor Roll Athlete. McKenney holds a National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) certification in personal training and is currently pursuing her NSCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification.
“Coach McKenney’s degree in Sports Medicine, combined with her background and certification in Strength & Conditioning provides yet another layer of knowledge and expertise to our staff,” Coach DeMay said. “It was her education, experience and passion in the area of Strength & Conditioning that really set her apart from other candidates and is a huge part of why we are so excited to bring her aboard.”
Chicago, IL - Tim Carter, Director of the Boys Soccer Center of Excellence, was named the U17/18 Central Conference Coach of the Year, The U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced Sunday. Carter won the award for the second consecutive year, as he was also named National Coach of the Year in 2013. Under Coach Carter’s direction, the Sabres advanced to their second straight national quarterfinal appearance after winning their group in the Academy Playoffs. Despite losing many key members from last years runners-up squad, Shattuck-St. Mary’s managed to finish 4thout of 26 teams in the Central Conference.
In addition to coach of the year honors, Ricky Lopez-Espin ’14, Francisco Narbon PG, and Joseph Melong PG were named to the Central Conference Starting IX, which designates the best 11 players in the Central Conference. Together, Narbon and Lopez-Espin combined for six goals during the Sabres’ playoff run. Melong backed SSM in goal, making several key stops to help his team advance to the quarterfinals.