Jr. High: Your 2022 Coaches

Your Coaches:

All of your coaches have a love for this game and very good understanding behind safe, developmental and challenging soccer. All players are strongly encouraged to bring questions about the game directly to both coaches on the training. The only dumb question is the one that does not get asked. The only mistake you need to worry about is the one you didn’t make because you were afraid to try something new.

Head Coach David Pankiewicz grew up in the Monongahela River Valley playing his youth soccer for PA West clubs back in the day when there were no Riverhounds Academy or BBVA. He started out a a defender, then goalkeeper, with varying stints as a forward. He has worn the uniform of the following soccer teams:

  • North Charleroi Soccer Club
  • Dunlevy Redbird Soccer Club
  • Victory Express
  • Charleroi High School
  • St. Vincent College
  • North Franklin United Men
  • Italia United O-30 Men
  • Oak Creek Indoor
  • Chasing Dinosaurs Men

He spent several summers camping at either at Dr. Joe Macknics No.1 Goalkeepers Camp. During his time at Saint Vincent College David began coaching goalkeepers for the Saint Vincent Women’s team, converting volleyball players and catchers into goalkeepers for a fledgling NAIA soccer program. After college Coach Dave took some time to begin his career in paint, chemicals, logistics, environmental compliance, export regulations and customer service. He continued his athletic pursuits and love of the gym while taking to the sandlots of Fayette County smashing fast balls and developing high school pitchers during the summertime. He returned to soccer, coaching U-12 and U-14 boys at Plum Area Soccer in 2008 and became a USSF Referee and US Futsal Federation Coach and Referee around that same time. He has a USSF National D License, United Soccer Coaches Futsal Diploma, USSF Referee and PIAA Referee certifications. He’s excited to be coaching again and has made a commitment to get grassroots football off the ground in the upper Allegheny River Valley since he’s made East Brady his second home. David previously was an assistant boy’s coach at Greensburg-Salem. . Email: dppank@gmail.com, 412-953-2931

Assistant Coach Colby Owen grew up playing and coaching in this area. Coach Colby has played for the following:

  • Kittanning High School
  • Northern Steel
  • Geneva College
  • Slippery Rock University.

Following college he began coaching with Northern Steel Soccer and eventually was an assistant at Knoch High School with the boys. Before the formation of Armstrong High School Coach Colby led the Kittanning High School boys soccer team. Most of you may already know Coach Colby with his commitment to RGS YMCA Youth Soccer program where he has been working with his own children. He has spent the past few years helping to grow and coach in the newly formed travel soccer program at the RGS YMCA. He’s currently coaching a U12 girls travel team and will be helping again with my 6 year old daughter with YMCA rec soccer. 

Your Athletic Trainer and Athletic Director:

Todd Harvey will be around on game days. On training days he can be found in the stadium for football practice. If there are any issues he should know about please reach out to one of the coaches so we can ensure our training staff is also looking out for you or your athlete.

When Todd is unavailable we will be supported by another trainer in the school district.

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