I played for Jimmy and Maca for two years at the Fayetteville Academy, coming in at the age of 17 from England. I have been playing soccer all my life and under countless coaches, yet Jimmy and Maca will always be remembered as a special pair.
Even after 17 years of soccer, Jimmy and Maca still managed to teach me things about the game I didn’t know. When it came to playing they create an environment that as a player you have no fear to make mistakes, allowing players to demand the ball and play with freedom. This certainly developed me as a player in my years at the Academy.
I have learned many things from Jimmy and Maca, however not just on the field. They are two of the most selfless people I have met, always willing to help others, whether it be through soccer or feeding the homeless in their Operation Engage program. This is something I try to take with me today.
I am preparing to go into my Junior year at Eckerd College, preparing for another preseason with the men’s soccer team, none of which would have been possible without Jimmy and Maca.