Steve Locker's Qualifications

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 believe in PURPOSEFUL FUN, and we make sure our coaches create the best experience for your child.

Coach Mike

Coach Mike, a member of Locker Soccer since 2005, brings over three decades of soccer experience to the organization. As a former collegiate player and successful high school coach, he has coached across various age groups, from U-8 to U-21, for both boys and girls. Currently coaching the Elite U-9 boys, Coach Mike’s dedication to youth development is evident in his profound impact on players’ lives. His commitment, vast experience, and indomitable spirit drive excellence and passion for the beautiful game at Locker Soccer, inspiring all who work with him.

Coach Sabrina

With nearly a decade of soccer experience, Coach Sabrina, a former player at Locker Soccer, brings knowledge and passion to her coaching. A 4-year varsity letter winner in high school, she returned to Locker Soccer intermittently for the past 4 years, coaching a diverse range of age groups. Her joy in coaching stems from witnessing children’s excitement, tracking their progress, and ensuring they have fun with friends. Coach Sabrina’s coaching superpower, humorously wishing for super speed, highlights her dedication and enthusiasm. Thrilled to work alongside Coach Locker, her mentor, they form a dynamic coaching duo dedicated to passing on the love of soccer. Coach Sabrina’s commitment and inspiration make her an invaluable asset to the Locker Soccer community.

Coach Jakaysha

Meet Coach Jakaysha Hookfin, a dedicated and passionate member of the Locker Soccer Academy coaching team. With a strong background as a varsity player at Wellington High School and in the Locker Soccer Club Team, Jakaysha brings high-level soccer experience. What sets her apart is her coaching prowess and ability to inspire young players. She has had remarkable coaching moments, including the transformation of a player’s confidence through unwavering support. Jakaysha’s coaching philosophy extends beyond the field, aiming to instill values like hard work and teamwork. Her passion for soccer and love for children make her a positive role model, mentor, and inspiration for young athletes, fostering growth, confidence, and success both on and off the field.

Coach Ben

Meet Coach Ben Woelfinger, our newest Locker Soccer Academy member. Ben is a Germany Native who grew up playing soccer in the Bundesliga Academy System and pursued a successful career at St Lawrence University winning two Conference Championships, two Defensive Player of The Year Awards and All-Region Honors. His impressive achievements highlight his dedication and love for the game while now pursuing a career in coaching at Locker Soccer and Denison University. Not only does Ben love coach classes, he is also an active mentor and coach for Locker Elite, our club program. Ben’s coaching philosophy focuses on creating an environment for young athletes to develop joy for the game of soccer while teaching fundamental technical and tactical skills that are needed on and off the field.

Coach Khyri

Coach Khyri has been playing soccer just about all his life. He graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with his Bachelor’s in Architectural Technology, minoring in Construction Management 18’. He was a part of the men’s soccer program and has been NCAA II East Coast Conference Champs 14’ and Top 2 for 4 years. Being coached by Carlos Del Cid (Honduran National Player) and Frantz St. Lot (Haitian National Allstar) and playing with international semi-professional players have been the highlights.

Coach Khyri has been around the world of soccer throughout Long Island NY playing with high-level individuals including professional players as well. He also had a trial with Sevilla FC (Spain) Academy before getting injured. He continues to develop his coaching methodology with the US Soccer licensing program.

“I believe throughout my experience of playing soccer, hard work beats talent when talent isn’t working hard. Now, if you can be talented from a young age and continue to work hard, that is the best combination you can have to grow into a top player. While skill and hard work are important, having an attitude of gratitude will bring you further than you can imagine.”

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