Kick it like the Germans
At Millsaps College in Mississippi the men’s soccer coach is from Germany. Steve Voltz regularly travels around the world to recruit young new stars for his team. The young German players enjoy having a coach who makes them feel at home.
In high season the Millsaps soccer team trains up to 3 times per day for 90 minutes. In that period its not uncommon for a player to get hurt or injured. When that happens, young team members from Germany say that they envy their American fellows who enjoy much more comfort as they get picked up or visited by their families.
For the German and the other international students it is much more difficult to get in touch with their families who live so far away. “It helps that our coach comes from Germany”, 19-year old Tore from Berlin says. “He can speak to our families in their mother tongue and he knows our culture.”
Do the players from Germany in the international team of American, Spanish, British, Swedish, Guatemalian and other nationals get privileged by their German coach? “No”, Steve insists, “I take care of all my players but I know it is harder for international students to be that far away from home. That’s why I take extra care of the ones from abroad.”
Every year the 49-year old coach travels around the world and visits show cases to recruit the new blood. But why would German students choose to play soccer in the football-and-baseball-loving United States than in soccer-loving Germany?
“In America I can combine sport and education much better than in Germany”, 20-year old Luca from Munich says. He is a freshman and wants to study business administration like his teammate Tore. For the guys their priority is clear: Education comes first, sport second. But still, they want to fight for the cup and dream of playing a national game. In fact they are close, they already reached the semi finals.
Coach Steve Voltz in an interview: