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Gerald “Jerry” Hare: Founder & Director of Hare Goalkeeper Academy and Volunteer Assistant Soccer Coach for DIII Westminster College (PA) Men’s & Women’s Soccer teams and Varsity Assistant Soccer Coach at Shady Side Academy. Coach Hare has been coaching for thirty years with specialty in goalkeeping. His coaching stops have included Hampton High School Boys’ Varsity Soccer (goalkeeper coach), Hampton Soccer Club (Head Coach for U-14 Girls), North Catholic High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer (Head Coach) and Woodland Hills High School Boys’ Soccer (Assistant Varsity Soccer and Head JV Coach). For the past twenty-two years, he has been a Varsity Assistant Soccer Coach and Goalkeeper Coach at Shady Side Academy for the boys’ & girls’ varsity soccer teams, as well as Assistant Coach for 7th & 8th Grade Coed Soccer team. Currently, he continues to work in the same positions for the Varsity Boys’ & Girls’ Soccer teams as well as Assistant Coach for 7th & 8th Grade Coed Soccer team.


Post-season experience has included:


          Westminster College (2017-present)

Men - President’s Athletic Conference Champion (2018)

           President’s Athletic Conference Runner-up (2020-21)

                NCAA DIII National Tournament Appearance

                     Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament 

                       Appearance (2019)

          Women - President’s Athletic Conference Runner-up (2018)

                         Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament 

                             Appearance (2018, 2019)


           Shady Side Academy (1998-present)

           Boys - Section Champions (1999-2002, 2004-2008, 2013, 2020)

                      WPIAL Class AA Champions (1990, 2017)

                      WPIAL Class AA Runner-up (2002, 2016, 2020)

                      WPIAL Class A Runner-up (2006, 2008)

                      WPIAL Class AA Third Place (2019)

                      WPIAL Class A Third Place (2007)

                      WPIAL Class AA Semifinalists (2001, 2013)

                      PIAA Class AA Semifinalist (2001, 2016)

                      PIAA Class A Semifinalist (2008)

                      PIAA Class AA Quarterfinalist (2002, 2017)

                      PIAA Class A Quarterfinalist (2006-2007)


          Girls - Section Champions (2017, 2019, 2020)

                     WPIAL Class A Champions (2010, 2013, 2016, 2019)

                     WPIAL Class AA Runner-up (2004-2005)

                     WPIAL Class AA Semifinalist (2020)

                     WPIAL Class A Runner-up (2017)

                     WPIAL Class A Third Place (2012, 2014, 2015)

                     PIAA Class A State Champions (2017)

                     PIAA Class A Runner-Up (2016, 2019)

                     PIAA Class A Semifinalist (2012-2013)

                     PIAA Class A Quarterfinalist (2010-2011)

                     PIAA Class AA Quarterfinalist (2004)


           Hampton High School (1990)

           Boys - Section Champions

                       WPIAL Class AA Champions

                       PIAA Class AA State Champions


His playing experience has included Hampton High School (1982-1983), Community College of Allegheny County Center North Indoor Soccer Club (1983-1984), Southern Illinois University Soccer Club (1984-1987) and adult soccer leagues for eight years. Hare holds NSCAA National Diploma and National Goalkeeper Diploma. Coach Hare is a certified CPR Trainer and Sport Safety Trainer (American Red Cross). Westminster College Bio Link.







Girish Thakar: Men’s & Women’s Head Soccer Coach at DIII Westminster College (PA) concurrently since 2002 and the men’s team since 1998, Winner of nine-time Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Soccer Champions, four with the men’s and five with the women’s. He led his teams to NCAA Tournament nine times. Thakar was named PAC Coach of the Year five times.  Prior to coaching at Westminster, he was the head men’s coach at his alma mater, Slippery Rock University, from 1993-96, after graduating from SRU in 1991 and later earning a master’s degree from the school. As a player at Slippery Rock, he was a four-year starter who earned All-PSAC honors. Thakar holds NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and FA Coaching Badge.  BIO     


VIDEO on Coach Thakar and the Westminster College Soccer Program.



The members of Westminster College Men’s & Women’s Soccer will serve as camp assistants.