Melissa Orgera coaches the Baltimore Celtic 2011/2012 Crush Girls.
1. How long have you been coaching?
This is my first year as a head coach. I have been coaching soccer camps and clinics and conducting team trainings for about 12 years. I am excited to finally begin coaching my own team with such a great group of girls!
2. What do you do outside of coaching?
I am an Adapted Physical Education Teacher in Howard County. I work one on one with students who have disabilities to teach them physical education.
3. Is there a specific age group that you enjoy coaching most? Why?
I enjoy coaching the younger age groups the most. I love being able to help develop the young players’ skills, teach them game concepts, and see them be able to grow and learn both individually and as a team. Their energy and enthusiasm is awesome!
4. What made you want to coach soccer?
Soccer has always been my passion from growing up, into high school, and through college. I had amazing coaches and fantastic soccer experiences. I love working with children and I want to help them have the same experiences that I had.
5. How has your experience at Celtic been? Why did you decide to come over to the club?
My experience with the Baltimore Celtic has been great! It is a pleasure work with great coaches and to coach this fantastic group of young players. I have been wanting to coach my own team for years and a former college teammate recruited me to join Celtic. It was a great decision!
6. What is one of your favorite coaching experiences you have ever had?
My favorite experience so far has been to watch my players learn and grow with each practice and game. The highlight so far was seeing the girl’s hard work and dedication pay off to win the 2020 SAC United Premier Columbus Day Tournament.
7. Do you have a favorite moment from your playing career?
One of my favorite moments of my playing career was in high school when I was honored as an NSCAA Academic HS All-American at the National Soccer Convention in St. Louis. It was amazing to be recognized for both my academic and athletic achievements and to interact with other players and coaches from all over the country.
8. What are your strengths as a coach?
My strengths as a coach are my patience, positivity, and communication. These traits help me to make connections with my players to form relationships, help them develop their soccer skills and knowledge, and encourage having fun while playing.
9. Any great advice for all the Baltimore Celtic players out there?
My advice to players is to work hard and always give your best effort. There are many things you can’t control when playing but the one thing you can always control is your intensity level, hustle, and effort. One of my all time favorite quotes is, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” (Tim Notke)