Jen Bethea, currently an assistant coach with the St. John’s women’s soccer team, has joined Long Island Soccer Club’s Girls’ Development Academy’s coaching staff.
She will serve as an associate head coach as part of the club’s Female-First Initiative, a coaching model that prioritizes integrating the female perspective, insight, and expertise into the culture of each and every girls’ team at Long Island SC.
“I am really looking forward to joining this LISC staff,” Bethea said. “I’m proud to join a club that is going about things the right way, focusing on the overall development of the athlete. Not only are we looking to enhance their knowledge of the game, but also to train the physical and psychological sides of our players as well, helping them become successful both on and off the field.”
A standout at St. John’s University from 2008-11, Bethea returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach in 2015 on head coach Ian Stone’s staff. While she helped guide the Red Storm to its first NCAA Tournament appearance as a player in 2009, in her first season on the coaching staff, St. John’s set a school record with 15 wins en route to its first-ever Big East regular-season title.
Prior to joining the St. John’s staff, Bethea, who holds an NSCAA Goalkeeping Certificate Level 1 and an NSCAA National Diploma, spent three seasons as an assistant coach at New York University.
“It is a pleasure to have Jen on staff here at Long Island SC,” said Meghan Frey, LISC girls’ development director. “I had the opportunity to coach Jen at St. John’s University in 2008, and her approach to the game is just as impressive as it was back then. Jen is a thoughtful, enthusiastic, and experienced coach who will be a tremendous asset to our young female athletes.”