Developing a Passion
With increasing competitive pressures starting at younger ages and society’s insatiable appetite for wins, standings and trophies in youth sports, our children are relentlessly pushed to perform. It’s no wonder that 75% of children quit all organized sports by age 13. Locker Soccer Academy helps children develop a passion for the game.
When children want to participate and are having fun, they evolve in ways that will benefit them far beyond the soccer field.
What Makes Us Different!
The programs you’ll ﬁnd at Locker Soccer span a broad range of ages and abilities. Many of the children that are in our program have been with us since age two. Session after session, year after year, parents watch with amazement as their children not only evolve their abilities on the soccer ﬁeld, but watch them grow in conﬁdence both socially and athletically. We attribute this growth to having a very experienced staff and an approach to learning that starts with making sure kids have fun as they continue to succeed. In the end, continued participation is key, be it in soccer or anything else in life. If your child is enjoying it, they will continue to play.
About Steve Locker
Steve founded Locker Soccer in 2004 when he discovered that there was a valuable connection between fun, sports and childhood development. He later founded Second Nature Sports in 2013 to share his coaching philosophy with others. He holds a Master of Education degree.
Steve has 16 years of collegiate head coaching experience including: 7 years at Harvard University, 3 years at the University of Rochester and 6 years at Otterbein College. Steve’s coaching career includes 8 League Championships, including 2 Ivy League titles. He has coached players that have been drafted by the MLS, several All Americans and over a dozen Academic All Americans.
His 1996 Harvard squad finished the season with the nation’s longest win streak that year (16 games) and finished the season ranked 7th nationally of all Division I schools. He played collegiate soccer for Penn State and internationally for Hannover 96 in Germany. Steve holds the distinction of being the first american to earn a professional coaching diploma from Germany
He has worked with A.C. Milan’s top team in Italy and has been the only American to be offered a position working with their youth players on their Academy staff. Steve resides with his wife Cindy and two children, Scott and Chloe, in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Our Coaching Staff
We’re proud to have a great team of Mary Deeds as academy Director, and coaching staff including Aaron, Mike, Sabrina, Haruko, and Sam. Classes listed on TeamUp include your coach’s name, so if you have a favorite make sure to find their classes moving forward.
Coach Aaron started working with Locker Soccer in fall of 2013. Aaron has many years of playing experience at a number of different levels, including stints with Revolution FC, Olentangy Liberty High School, and Otterbein University soccer programs. Further experience includes work with several MSSA teams as well as scouting work for local high school programs. His favorite aspect of work at the academy is talking to the kids – he loves a good laugh, and the kids seldom fail to provide him with one.
Coach Mike joined Locker Soccer in 2005. Mike has been involved with the sport of soccer in many different capacities. He played collegiate soccer at Otterbein, graduating in 2005, played 2 years at Community of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, and coached at Westerville North High School for 13 years as the Varsity Assistant and 3 years with the Ambassador Arsenal. Mike has taught over 10 years at Village Academy in Powell and is head of the History Department. He lives with his wife, Susan, and two daughters, Elora and Elise, in Powell.
We Believe in Purposeful Fun, and we make sure our coaches create the best experience for your child.