With over 25 years of coaching experience, Jerzy Szyndlar expected nothing more and nothing less than for his San Diego Soccer Club Girls 2003 team to clinch the Cal South State Cup Governors Division Championship. After all, the girls had kicked off their Fall Season on a high note, holding the number one game-winning percentage.
The girls did their job and did what it took to get to the final match that would have them face Cerritos United in the championship match, a game that coach Szyndlar has described as the most difficult game they have played all season.
“We’ve had a remarkable season,” the San Diego SC coach said. “We set the goal before the State Cup that we wanted to win; this was very hard, we accomplished the goal, yes, but the last two games were super competitive. [In the final] we played against a well-organized team. This is my fifth State Cup; I won National Cup, Presidents, but I never won the Governors, so it’s very special for me, too.”
To add another trophy into San Diego SC’s trophy case, and to his personal collection, is an astonishing task for Coach Szyndlar. But what is more special to the San Diego SC coach is the group of girls that he has been given the honor to work with. Szyndlar, also a college professor, introduced a program to this team that not only focused on soccer, but on education, creating greater opportunities for every player both on and off the field. The players, parents and the club embraced the program, and now, on his last two working years before retirement, coach Szyndlar wants to make sure he leaves the girls on the right foot.
“I will be sailing into the sunset, as they say, in two years. I came after being a professional player in Europe for 11 years. I was Director of Coaching for 28 years, and now I’m just coaching and responsible for Coaching Education of the club. I will be retiring in two years and hopefully I will coach them to get them ready for the next step,” he finalized.