My name is Michael Romenesko. My wife, Callie and I, are dentists practicing in Appleton, WI. We have two sons, Max (9) and Frankie (5). I have been involved in organized soccer for most of my life. I played for the Appleton Soccer Club for my entire youth career. I played for four years at Xavier High School where I was two time conference player of the year and two time first team all state selection. Following high school, I joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers in 1999. At UW Madison, I received Freshman of the Year honors and finished top 3 in points for my first season. In 2001, I transferred to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and played one season prior to early acceptance to Dental School at Marquette University-School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI.
Near the end of my senior year of high school I began my coaching career. I began with the Appleton Soccer Club U13 boys team which I coached for two seasons before moving to FC Magic Soccer Club. Within FC Magic I coached the U15 boys through their U18 season. This team at U17 became the Wisconsin Rebels juniors (youth team to our state's PDL team). From this team we had 7 individuals play division one college soccer at schools around the country (Long Island University, UW Milwaukee, Loyola, Xavier University, UWGB).
Soccer has been and continues to be a passion for me. I loved playing throughout my career, but coaching is where my heart is. I love working with players and coaches of all ages. My coaching philosophy is that all of the joys, excitement, successes, failures, teamwork and community experiences that come through this game translate to the real world. It is important to help young people realize that you are not simply training to play a game. You are learning a skill set that involves friendship, leadership, and problem solving that you will carry with you throughout your life.
I am truly excited to be coaching within the Small Town FC family.
Hi my name is Sophia Scheffler, most of my teammates and coaches call me “pi”, which is a nickname I got by most of my soccer teammates because we used to have 3 Sophia’s on one team and I was good at math so my friends would joke with me because I knew the most numbers of pi, it stuck ever since.
I live in Appleton and currently attend Appleton East High School, next fall I will be a junior. I enjoy math and science, after high school I would like to pursue my passion in the medical field and become an anesthesiologist. I have been playing soccer since I was 4, and I have been coached by Andy since I was 6. I played high school soccer for the past two years, this year I made first team all-conference, led the conference in assists, (6th in state). I would love to play soccer in college as well.
One of my most memorable soccer moments has to be going to Minnesota to play in the USA cup, my soccer team played 6 soccer games in 3 days and we ended up going to the finals to play Canada. It was such a cool experience to play teams from all over the world. When coaching soccer I hope my players will get the opportunity and be able to experience things that they will carry on with them in their life, like I have done.
The past two years coach Andy offered to take me as his assistant coach for a couple of his teams. This would be my first year as the head coach and I could not be more excited. I’m so grateful that I get the opportunity to continue this coaching path.
Soccer has always been a part of my life and I will continue to pursue it in my future. I love working with younger kids and teaching/ working with them to make them better not only as a soccer player but as individuals as well, so they’ll be ready in the real world. As a coach my philosophy is that the kids are having fun, they respect me, that soccer is a TEAM sport (win and lose as a team), and you learn from your mistakes.
I am excited to start coaching for Small Town FC
All MASC coaches should register for a "Coach Pass" from WIYouthSoccer. Note: be prepared to upload a digital photo of yourself: square, face only, .jpg format. Note: if this is a new card you will be directed to fill out the eKidsafe/Risk Management Form before registering for a Coach Pass. Fees paid for completing Licensing courses and obtaining pass cards is reimbursed by the club by completing the "Check Request Form" below.
The Club will reimburse you for Pass Card renewals as well. However, the Club will not reimburse you for LOST cards.