Jewel Pietrzak discovered her love for soccer when she was just 2 years old in a small club in her local hometown. At age 8, she played in a premier league in Upstate New York known as the Albany Allycats. At age 16, she moved on to another soccer club, known as Capital United Soccer Club. Starting in 7th grade and ending senior year, she played on her high school varsity team at Berlin High School. She left her high school team with a record of 174 goals and MVP 4 years in a row. She played at a collegiate level at Nazareth College while studying psychology before continuing her youth coaching journey. She did 3 years of coaching for the Albany Alleycats with U10 girls, as well as U16 girls. She then moved to Massachusetts in the summer of 2021 at the age of 22 where she began and continues coaching in different capacities for America Futbol Club, also known as AFC.
She chose coaching as not only a hobby but as a lifestyle after finding joy in seeing her young players learn the true fundamentals of soccer. She believes helping them grow into amazing players, also helps them grow into amazing people. Being able to watch them succeed in the soccer world is better than any trophy she places in a case.
“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that is not pulling the trigger.” – Mia Hamm