In this week’s “Get to Know” article, we will be learning more about Seacoast United Maine South staff member, Ray White. Ray will be coaching the clubs 2005 Premier Blue Girls team for the 2018/19 season.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I have been married for 32 years to my High school girlfriend – we have three young adults Brittany 31, Brandon 29 and Brianna 22. I enjoy being active with my family and we continue to do a number of outdoors activities as a family– on the snow and on the water. We currently live in Scarborough, but will be moving to Naples, Maine this summer.
What is your previous experience playing soccer? Coaching?
I played soccer through high school and started coaching when my oldest wanted to try the sport. It’s amazing how time flies when you are enjoying life, I am now entering my 23rd year of coaching this sport. Along the way I have held a number of administration positions within some of the State and National soccer organizations. I also run several of the national soccer tournaments.
What made you decide to want to start coaching?
In my case, it was my older daughter that got me back into the game. She wanted to play and asked me to help the team as a coach.
What attracted you to Seacoast United Maine?
I was coaching in one of the clubs that merged into what is now Seacoast United Maine. The club continues to demonstrate the desire to develop and grow players while keeping the players best interests in mind.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
There are several people that have influenced me throughout my career, but Doug and Andy Biggs are two of the people that have had the most impact on how I coach. This father and son team gave me the perspective on how the game shapes people and the families that enjoy the game. The lessons that are learned, the relationships that are formed as a coach, player and family member. Their perspectives helped me to shape how I relate the game to life and getting players to own the journey and set goals for themselves. They also helped me to define how the game has shaped me and how the I try to shape the players that have played for me.
What’s been your best memory while being involved in coaching soccer?
Time with my kids when I coached them – watching them grow, the travel, the car rides (the good ones and the emotional ones) and the overnights.
Which current or former professional athlete did you admire the most growing up and why?
Dan Marino – competitive, fiery, great work ethic, family man, dealt with family adversity and worked hard in the community that he lived. With all that he had going on he took the time to spend 10 minutes with my son in a line at Disney World to talk with him about the day Brandon (8 years old) was having at Disney. That demonstrated to me that everyone is on the same level and no one is bigger than the moment and any moment in your life can make a lasting impression on someone else’s life. You just don’t know when you will have that impact on someone else
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite food – Thanksgiving dinner
Favorite genre of music – Alternative, Old School Rock
Favorite place to visit – Washington DC, Moosehead lake
Favorite Premier League team – Arsenal