Charlotte Lady Eagles Announce Mark Steffens as Assistant Coach for the WPSL Team
The Charlotte Lady Eagles have named Mark Steffens as an assistant coach for the upcoming summer season. The New York native moved to Charlotte with his wife Diane in 1997 after accepting the head coaching role for the Charlotte Eagles Men’s USL Pro team. Steffens coached the Eagles for 18 years, making the playoffs 14 times, and advancing to the finals nine. Steffens holds two championship wins and was named the USL Coach of the Year twice, in 2004 and in 2008. As a USL Hall of Fame inductee Steffens holds a simple but effective coaching philosophy. His priority is to make sure that every player on his team feels like they are valued, and he is known the team chemistry he is able to create.
After his long tenure with the Eagles, Steffens moved on to coach for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for some time. Now back with the Eagles, Steffens has with him 22 years of coaching experience to offer a young Lady Eagles coaching staff. When asked about the value of having Steffens on the coaching staff Sam Hope was elated. “I am thrilled to have Coach Steffens join our staff! He has years of experience in recruiting, training, and managing games. On the soccer side of things, his resume speaks for itself. He is great example of what it looks like to coach the way Christ would. He is patient and an incredible teacher of the game,” Hope said. Sam Hope was also asked what she hoped to learn from Steffens this season and noted that she had already learned a lot from him. “I've already learned so much from Coach Steffens. I love listening to him process information and give his opinion on how soccer should be played. I know I'll learn better ways to teach the game and how to manage a group of elite athletes this summer. I'm excited for things to get underway!” The Eagles are tremendously blessed to have such an experienced, successful, and humble assistant on the coaching staff.