Eastern Youth Soccer Camps
Former two-year varsity letterwinner Adam Phaiah returns to the staff as an assistant coach under sixth-year head coach Greg DeVito.
A native of Danielson, Phaiah appeared in 34 of a possible 39 matches under former head coach Frantz Innocent as a midfielder and defender in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, starting ten. He came to Eastern after a two-year career at Mitchell College in New London.
Coach DeVito on Coach Phaiah: “Coach Phaiah is a huge reason for the success of our program. He handles many of the behind the scenes functions that make our program what it is. As a former Warrior, Coach Phaiah will do whatever it takes to get our program to the next level.”
Phaiah, co-director of the Eastern Connecticut State University Youth Soccer Camps, has served as an administrative assistant with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association in Farmington and formerly served on the coaching staff of the U-14 boys’ Northeast United Premier Soccer Club.
Having secured a USSF “C” national coaching license, Phaiah holds an Associates Degree in Physical Education from Mitchell College, a B.S. Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Sport and Leisure Management and an M.S. Degree in Educational Technology from Eastern.
Phaiah teaches Physical Education and Health in the Stonington Public School system and resides in Noank with wife Jennifer.
Coach DeVito on Coach Phaiah, "Coach Phaiah is a tremedous asset to ECSU. He is responsible for many of the behind the scenes jobs that make our program the success that it is today."
Assistant Coach - Goalkeepers
Matt Weston, a former four-year goalkeeper in the Division I Sacred Heart University program, returns to the staff of head coach Greg DeVito as the goalkeepers coach.
A resident of Storrs and a member of the E.O. Smith High School boys' soccer program, Weston holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2008) and B.S. Degree in Psychology (2006) from SacredHeart.
Coach DeVito on Coach Weston: “Coach Weston brings expertise in the areas of goalkeeping and especially strength and conditioning. Having coached him at the youth and high school levels he knows exactly what I am looking for. Coach Weston is a huge asset to our program.”
Carl Appel joins the coaching staff after a successful four year playing career with the Warriors. Carl was a four-year starter in goal from 2008-2011 and a two year captain of the program. He holds program records for starts (81), games played (83), shutouts (30), wins (54) and goals against average (.80). He will be responsible for many day to day functions such as recruiting, alumni relations, academic monitoring, training goalkeepers and scouting.
Coach DeVito on Coach Appel: “I am excited to have Coach Appel join our staff. He was mentored by his predecessor and four year starter Jay Barney for four years. He will continue to teach the tradition of strong work ethic and technique that Eastern soccer has enjoyed over the years.”