As a kid, Jason Spain remembers his mother signing him up for a youth soccer league. From that point on, Spain knew that he wanted the sport of soccer in his life one way or another.
“I played competitively all the way until I was in college and then I started coaching the youth and fell in love with connecting with players,” said Spain.
Last January it was announced by the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay that Spain would take over as the head coach of the women’s soccer team.
According to a press release from the college, athletic director Charles Guthrie said Spain was the perfect fit.
“Jason quickly accelerated to the top of an outstanding pool of candidates, and it was encouraging and thrilling to have such interest in this position,” said Guthrie.
Spain isn’t just a a big name in collegiate women’s soccer, he was a household name for a while in the Yuba–Sutter.
During his stint with Sutter High School, Spain made a historic run going 229-29-29, winning 11 conference titles, seven section titles and setting multiple records like not allowing a goal for two straight seasons.
Long time friend and mentor of Jason Spain, John Weiler talked about what makes his friend a special teacher to so many.
“I’ve had the pleasure of being able to watch him grow as a young man, father and coach. He’s very driven and will do anything he can to improve a young player’s life,” said Weiler.
Moving forward, Spain has vast expectations for his stint at UWGB.
“It’s been fun to get to know my players this spring, and I’m excited for the things to come. We have a tight–knit group here and that always makes a coaches job a lot easier.
While he’s happy with himself right now, he knows coaching was definitely a learning process.
Spain said that one piece of advice he would give a younger version of himself would be to really focus on forming a relationship with your player.
“Winning is awesome and it ‘s really fun, but being able to touch a player’s life is the most important thing you can do as a coach.”
When asked what he has to say to all his friends back home in the Yuba-Sutter, Spain kept it short and sweet, “Go Huskies and go 49ers!”