A thirty-year coaching veteran, Poulakis holds a USSF National license. He has coached soccer at numerous levels including semi-professional, college, high school and club teams. Poulakis was the head coach of women’s soccer at RIT from 1988-91, leading the Tigers to a 33-33-3 record. He was one of the founders of the Rochester Spirit, the first girls’ premier club in Rochester. In addition, he has worked at various camps including the University of North Carolina summer camps with Anson Dorrance. Poulakis is currently the Director of Coaches for the Irondequoit Soccer Club. He has been in charge of the club’s 18 travel teams and approximately 40 recreational teams for 10 years.
He has coached at Bishop Kearney as well as Nazareth Academy, Brockport and West Irondequoit High School. McKee has earned his Director of Coaching License from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He has also been active in club coaching, working with Irondequoit Soccer Club, Rochester Futbol Club, Webster Dynamo and the Junior Rhinos. McKee has also spent time coaching on the collegiate level with SUNY Brockport Finger Lakes Community College. He is a well-respected soccer coach in the Western New York region and has worked as a head coach for the Olympic Development Program.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology
Core Faculty, Microsystems Engineering, Polymer Photovoltaics Group Leader, NanoPower Research Laboratory
Ph.D., 1996, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London, England
I grew up in England and played soccer every day since I was 5 years old. I played with my dad, on my cub scout team, on my school team and always in the school yard - Sweaters for goalposts, and whiffle-balls in place of a size 5 (teacher enforced so that no windows were broken). We had no learning structure; we had to figure it all out ourselves. I grew up watching the England national team play and often wondered how good that team would be if children learned a methodology to go with this incredible youthful enthusiasm.
I have been coaching at the Wagner Academy now for 7 years and I start to see how such a methodology and "100% skill", when coupled with passion and smiling faces, leads to tremendous results for all participants. I have watched tiny seeds turn into fine saplings, well on their way to becoming beautiful trees of the game. I often think about what the game has brought for me and my motivation to bring such joy to the children in my care.
Steve Wagner was 8 years-old, when he lived and attended school in Brazil. Playing soccer, both before and after school, helped to instill in him the Brazilian style and mindset for the game. Back in the United States, Steve continued this playing style from his youth through his college years.
The opportunity to teach kids of all ages the game of soccer, as he learned and played it, has brought Steve full-circle back to Rochester. With his brother, Bob, he has a chance to share his experiences, beginning from those days in Brazil.
“At every level of player, from pre-schoolers to college seniors, the energy and respect you provide as coach is reciprocated by the players. This drives players to grow, and their growth continually drives me to coach.”
Head Goalkeeper Coach
Former Head Goalkeeper Coach for the Rochester Raging Rhinos Women's team, Gabi has been a youth goalie trainer for 15 years and a high school soccer coach for 8 years. Coach Sankowski played goalkeeper at MCC and Buffalo State.
Physical Education Teacher, Sports Performance Trainer, Coach, Geneseo, NY
I have had the passion for soccer since I was young. I have carried that passion throughout my career through college and teaching. I have had the opportunity to coach youth through Varsity for the past 22 years. In all these years the past 16 with Wagner Soccer has had the most impact on my own personal growth towards the game. The technical skill progressions that are utilized by Wagner Soccer not only follow my own personal beliefs for training but are not replicated anywhere in Rochester. This unique training system creates master artists. I believe in the training so much that I have put all three of my own children through this program. The training that they have received has not only been wonderful but opened doors for them to travel into cultural worlds and see soccer in its grass roots. Giving them an appreciation that could never be found somewhere else.
My bacgkround of teaching and sports performance integrated with the Wagner Soccer Philosophies will help bring all Wagner students the BEST possible training experience ever!