Cleveland Heights coach Patrick Gleba is confident the Tigers are primed for a bounce-back season.
Heights is coming off a difficult 2018 in which the Tigers finished 3-12.
“We began the season with different a coach, which lead to some adjustments being made and some confusion on the field, the lack of chemistry. By mid-season the girls were still struggling to gel, still figuring out a system that worked for the players. By this time, they were looking forward to a playoff run to turn things around,” Gleba said.
Heights pulled together to defeat Parma in the first round of the postseason before losing to Berea-Midpark.
The team’s strengths this season is in numbers and collective coaching knowledge. The coaching staff brings years of experience from youth soccer, the club level and high school. Having a coach fresh out of collegiate play will aid in player development.
“We have 14 girls who have varsity playing experience, we have club level experience, and we have a roster filled with hard workers. The returning players are hungry and are beginning to play harder and smarter than before. Our weakness is simple, we’re young. Not just young but in overall playing experience, too. We have athletic girls, but not many play outside of the High School season,” Gleba said.
“It goes without saying, last year was not what the Tiger Nation Girls soccer program expected. Our outcomes were not taken lightly and our expectations are not just to do better, but to be better. As stated before, these girls are hungry for results that reflect our work and they are preparing to do just that; get the results are working for.
“When we encounter adversity we will learn, adapt, and overcome to reach the results we seek.”
Patrick Gleba: Grew up in the South Euclid/Lyndhurst School district, Soccer was my primary sport.
BA Education/ASL Kent State University (played club soccer for 2 years)
MA Coaching Education Ohio University
ASL teacher for Cleveland Heights 2008-current
Coaching experience- 9 years of High school (5 years with Andrews Osborne Academy, 4 years with Cleveland Heights Boys), 4 years club with OPFC
Asst. Coach Ryan Langan:
Multi-sport athlete growing up. Cleveland Heights High alum
5yrs coaching ESK u8’s-u15’s
Certified and currently working with Top Soccer (an adaptive soccer program for athletes with special needs)
Asst. Coach Cydnee Martin:
Local grad (Brush High School)
Played with local clubs throughout youth soccer career.
Played for Jackson State University as well as Georgia Southern University.
RETURNING/KEY ATHLETES –
Isabel (Issa) Tetkoskie
Hannah Bradley (returning from injury)
PROMISING NEWCOMERS –