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Jan, 2021

Josh Kay Brings Next Level Experience to Internationals SC

Internationals SC staff coach Josh Kay brings loads of experience at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels to Internationals SC.  

Kay’s coaching career began with the University of Akron men's club soccer team in September 2016 and he remained with the program until May 2019.  He then held positions with Force Sports Academy, Highland Youth Soccer, and Highland High School before joining Internationals. 

Kay, who holds the USSF “D” coaching license, was excited to be part of the Internationals SC coaching staff. 

“When I first met with Zdravko (Popovic) about the opportunity to join this prestigious club, he told me about how the Internationals are more than just a soccer club,” Kay said. “He explained to me how they are a family, and after that I couldn't think of anywhere else I'd rather be.”

Kay’s personality makes him a great fit for Internationals SC.

“I would describe myself as a passionate, detail-oriented coach who believes in a holistic coaching style,” Kay said. “I always challenge my players to set high standards for themselves, while also challenging them to have fun and enjoy playing the beautiful game at the same time.”

Kay quickly realized that Internationals was a special club, one that did things differently en route to unprecedented success. 

“ISC is unique in its development approach by the way it gives equal attention to developing the player and the person,” Kay said. “The club doesn't just see players, it sees people.” 

Goalsetting has been important for Kay at Internationals SC.

“My goals for myself and the club as a whole are the same,” Kay said. “Growth, so we can continually be elevating the positive influence we have on every current and future member of the ISC family.” 

There are many things that Kay wants to pass along to his players.

“I hope to share with my players that to make the ‘dream work’ you need the combination of hard work and teamwork,” Kay said. “This golden rule applies to any goal a player sets for themselves on and off the field.  The sky's the limit when you have self-discipline and the help of others.”

Case Western Reserve University also recognized his talents and he was hired as an assistant coach with the women’s soccer program in February 2020.

“By working with players at the college level I benefit from seeing regularly what it takes to get to that level and to thrive at that level, both athletically and academically,” Kay said. “These experiences allow me to have confidence in my guidance of youth players that aspire to become collegiate student-athletes.”

Kay knows what it takes to succeed at the next level and can share this with his youth players.

“I believe one of the most efficient ways to develop is to learn from others' experiences,” Kay said. “I can help prepare youth players for the next level by sharing with them what has worked and what has not worked for players that are at the level they want to be.  The consistent theme with these players will always be the work ethic they had on the field and in the classroom.” 

Club and ECNL Director Keri Sarver knows the importance of hiring coaches with experience at the next level, especially the collegiate game.

"Josh Kay has blended very well into our amazing team of coaches,” Sarver said. “He has embraced our club model and culture and has made positive contributions to the development of our players in the short time he has been with us. He's developed a great rapport with the players and cares about their personal growth.  He is thoughtful, inquisitive, analytical, and is a true student of the game – his enthusiasm for teaching and for learning is inspiring.  We are also thrilled to have Josh bring his experience and lessons learned while coaching at the college level with Case Western Reserve back to the club."

Remember the name Josh Kay.  He’s one of the brightest young coaching minds in Northern Ohio, and he’s now guiding several generations of players in their soccer journeys. 

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