Q & A with Coach Lindsey Ottavio


Coach Ottavio practices kicking the ball with sophomore Madison Cruz.

Adam Shawish, Sports X-tra Editor

Q: How long have you been coaching soccer?
A: I have been coaching soccer for four years. This will be my second year as Annandale’s varsity coach.

Q: Did you play soccer before coaching it?
A: I actually started playing soccer when I was four years old. Then I played all throughout my high school career. I played in college and in England for two years.

Q: How did you discover your interest in soccer?
A: I was so young that I think I just tried soccer because of my parents. I loved it the moment I started and I didn’t want to play any other sport. I didn’t have any other interests. I just really wanted to train and play soccer.

Q: What made you want to coach soccer?
A: Coaching is the natural extension of playing. After I stopped playing, I still wanted to be involved with the game, and to pass down the knowledge I gained to girls specificlly.

Q: Do you do anything with soccer in the off season?
A: Yes, I actually coach travel soccer as well. So I am busy coaching soccer year round.

Q: How do you prepare for a new soccer season?
A: Preparing for the new soccer season sort of starts immediately after the last season ends. We do a complete reflection and as the new season gets closer it is more about building on the foundation we had last season

Q: What is one thing you love about coaching?
A: I love the relationships I create with my players. Seeing them thrive and genuinely improve is such a great feeling as a coach.

Q: What is your favorite memory from coaching?
A: My favorite memory was when we won our first game last season. I was taking over the program and it was new for me. We were trying to develop our own personality for the program. But that moment when we achieved our first victory was the sweetest feeling.