Chris Meinke ’05 — former Staples and Connecticut College captain, and current Staples assistant girls coach — will lead the Westport Soccer Association’s U-16 spring team. The U-18 coach is Alin Andrei.
Chris — a native Westporter — earned All-FCIAC honors as a Wrecker. An economics major, he graduated from Conn College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He was elected to the All-NESCAC team as a midfielder. He was chosen as team MVP his senior year, and is a 2-time ALL-NESCAC Academic selection. Chris continues to play soccer in area leagues.
Alin grew up in Romania, where he played for several top soccer teams. After moving to the US in 2001, he played in New York’s Cosmopolitan League. His coaching career began in Westchester County, NY in 2002. From 2006 to 2009 he coached boys and girls teams in New Canaan, Norwalk and for the Everton club.
“(WSA director of coaching) Mickey Kydes has signed 2 very talented and committed coaches,” said Staples boys head coach Dan Woog. “I am particularly pleased to see Chris as part of the program.
“I know the players on the U-18 and U-16 teams — some of them Staples players, some of whom hope to be — will have an excellent experience this spring.”