COACH RICK ENNA
Coach Rick Enna is the head of the SJA Thunder Boys and Girls Soccer Program. He has played at the Club, High School, College and Professional level. Rick is a NSCAA licensed coach, and has coached at the High School level since 1995, one year at the JV level, and head coach at the Varsity level since 1996. He has been the head of the Thunder soccer program and served as the Varsity head coach for both Boys and Girls since the Fall of 2007. He continues to serve as the Boys Varsity head coach, and in the Spring of 2016 will move into the Varsity associate head coach role supporting new Girl’s head coach and long-time associate head coach Mark Twellman, going forward. The SJA soccer program has enjoyed early success as part of a new school, entering Varsity competition in 2007, with four state championships and nine final four appearances, between both Boys and Girls Varsity programs to date. As a result of working with the players, parents, club and college coaches, Rick has also helped numerous SJA players (and those at other schools) after graduation continue to compete at the college level, with a couple of former players reaching the professional level. Although the soccer accomplishments have been many in SJA’s short existence, rarely have these teams been the most talented teams on paper. Rick attributes the success to the program’s mission to form each student-athlete with an approach to the game, rooted in their relationship with their God and Creator, who has blessed them with the gifts they possess. This approach to the game, which sets a higher standard for each student to aspire to, and is consistent with the mission of SJA, is an approach the students are able to carry off of the field into the classroom, out into the community with their friends, at work, and into their future. Rick assembles coaches for the Thunder Soccer program where there is a great combination of soccer and youth ministry background, helping make the soccer experience an unparalleled soccer and life experience for each student-athlete.