"The players were and will always be stakeholders in what we do as an organization. At the time, our staff wanted our players to help decide what the name of our club would be as we moved forward. We offered multiple names, with Aztec being one of them."
-Mike Kersker, President Aztec Soccer
Twenty years ago, Mike Kersker opened his own training academy: Kersker Instructional Develpmental Soccer (KIDS). Instantly, parents were drawn to his patient, organized approach to training players. Players were drawn to the sense of fun and achievement while becoming proficient in the technical demands of the game. Mike had a unique philosophy that centered around the individual player and her/his individual success. "If we can build a sound technical foundation for each Jr. player at the youngest ages, we will give our players the tools they will need to succeed at the game as they become Senior players in our program and into the college game (ages 15-21). A child's athletic IQ is relative to their genetic makeup, so building that technical foundation helps to enhance a player's game no matter who they are as an athlete."
No surprise, that a youth soccer program consistently dedicated to its young players generated an immense amount of excitement and loyalty. People wanted to be a part of a program that cared about their children.
With invaluable assistance from staff members, Jeff Winterton and Kenny Finn, KIDS offered cutting edge technical training and small sided game play at Soccer Etc. in Beverly MA. The combined devotion of the coaches and their young athletes, created memories that help guide our coaching philosophy today. (These memories and experiences became the “roots” of our Aztec Training Philosophy.)
KIDS grew steadily and had a loyal following large enough to support a soccer club. "The players were and will always be stakeholders in what we do as an organization. At the time, our staff wanted our players to help decide what the name of our club would be as we moved forward. We offered multiple names, with Aztec being one of them." The players voted and chose Aztec, which Mike was fond of, as it was the mascot of his Alma Mater, San Diego State University, where he played collegiate soccer. In the year 2000, KIDS officially became Aztec Soccer club.
The first three players at the original KIDS tryout were instrumental in our growth as we reshaped ourselves into a soccer club. These three players went onto be very successful. Chris Ethier was a High School All American at Beverly High School and went onto play at UNC Greensboro. Chris works in the financial services industry and lives in Beverly. Katie Weinstein captained her team at Marblehead High and went onto captain her team at Union College. Katie currently teaches in the Bedford Public School system where she is a third grade teacher. Katie's younger sister Samantha Weinstein went onto play Hockey, Lacrosse and Soccer (one year) at Williams after spending two years at Deerfield Academy. Sam is the Director of Programatic Media at the AMP Agency. We are just as proud of the 372 players that have followed in their footsteps and gone on from Aztec to play collegiate soccer.
Aztec Soccer Club represents the same values and philosophy twenty years later. Mike's unique philosophy evolved into a Player Development curriculum, adopted by an entire coaching staff for children 18 months to 18 years. At it's core is an unwavering belief that if Aztec builds a sound technical foundation for each young player, it will provide the tools needed to succeed at every level of development. The Aztec brand of success is sustained through its outstanding people who, at every age, will support you:
Mike Kersker, President & Girls Director
Jared Scarpaci, Vice President & Boys Director
Mo Keita, Technical Director -returned to Aztec!
Jeff Winterton, Academy Director & Player Development
Sandy Mahoney, Tots Director
Kevin Murphy Goalkeeping Director
Andy Branton Boys Technical Advisor
Luke Cosgrove Director
New to Aztec:
Winston Haughton New Hampshire Director
Sydney Stoll Girls Technical Advisor
Mohammed Souisse Director