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Mar, 2016

Interview with JU Alum, Bobby Edwards

Check out our interview with Bobby Edwards, former JU player for his direct experience playing with JU and how it has helped him further his soccer career:

Q. How long have you been playing soccer?
A. I have been playing soccer since I was seven years old.

Q. What college/university do you attend and what year are you?
A. I am currently a sophomore at Saint Joseph’s University, who competes in the Division 1 Atlantic-10 conference.

Q. What made you decide to go to your college/university?
A. The balance of competitive athletics combined with a fantastic business education made the decision easy. Once I visited SJU, I knew that it was where I wanted to be for the next four years.

Q. What is your major?
A. Undecided Business

Q. What position do you play?
A. Goalkeeper

Q. Did you play your first year of college?
A. Yes

Q. What do you do to maintain balance between soccer and school?
The school helps a lot with their resources for student athletes. They provide tutors for classing you are struggling in, counseling with academic advisors and quiet places to study. On the field, coaches are on top of you to make sure you have your schoolwork in check because if your grades are poor you will lose your eligibility to compete.

Q. Do you have plans to play soccer after college? Professionally or recreational?
A. The dream has always been to play professionally and I continually work on the field to hopefully make my dreams come true. Through Jersey United, I know I have many connections with top tier coaches and scouts that will give me quality looks in my future.

Q.Who was/were your JU coach(es)?
A. My coach was/is Kevin Nash.

Q. What was the biggest takeaway you learned from being a member of JU?
A. The ability to be on a team and to work together as a unit. It is always easy to be positive and a good teammate when things are going well, but true character is defined by how you respond when things go poorly. Jersey United has given me the chance to improve my leadership and find out what it truly means to be a teammate.

Q.What is the number one thing you miss about playing for JU/outside of the collegiate setting?
I miss the coaching staff, because each coach was also a friend to their players, someone who will always have your back. Throughout my time at JU, I have had my ups and my downs and I have had some truly poor games and moments. But throughout the poor performances, my coaches were always there to pick my head back up and help me shake it off. They acted as mentors and knew exactly how to help guide me through to develop me to becoming who I am today. For that I am truly thankful to Jersey United.

Q. Do you have an interesting story/quote that sticks out from your time being in JU?
A. The first tournament I was apart of as a Jersey United player, we were losing 1-0 in the dying minutes of the game. In the 90th minute, we got a corner kick which my coach called me up to get in the box. Somehow (and I still really can’t tell you how) I managed to find my head on the ball and put it in the back of the net, tying the game up. I don’t know if I will ever get to experience something that amazing ever in my life again.

Q. What is the biggest piece of advice you can give a current JU player?
A. Success isn’t defined by how you act when everyone is watching you, but rather how you act when no one is looking. Jersey United is a fantastic club with experienced coaches that can and will develop you. But, just like any top level organization, they are a tool to help you become successful. The rest is on you, if you fail to make use of the tools in front of you, you will never find success. You need to be constantly working on your own to develop your game and with the experience of the JU coaches, you will find yourself becoming the player you always wished to be. 

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