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Founder & Director


Gerald “Jerry” Hare: Founder & Director of Hare Goalkeeper Academy, Volunteer Assistant Soccer Coach for DIII Westminster College (PA) Men’s & Women’s Soccer teams, Middle School Head Soccer Coach and Varsity Assistant Soccer Coach for Shady Side Academy. Coach Hare has been coaching for thirty-two 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-three years, he has been a Varsity Assistant Soccer Coach / Goalkeeper Coach at Shady Side Academy for the boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams, as well as Head Soccer Coach for 7th & 8th Grade Coed Soccer team. Currently, he continues to work in the same position for the Varsity Boys’ & Girls’ Soccer teams as well as 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 (2020-2021)

                NCAA DIII National Tournament Appearance (2018)

                     Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament 

                       Appearance (2019, 2021)


          Women - President’s Athletic Conference Champion (2022)

                          President’s Athletic Conference Runner-up                 

                           (2018, 2021)

                          NCAA DIII National Tournament Appearance (2022)

                         Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament 

                             Appearance (2018, 2019, 2021)


          Shady Side Academy (1998-present)

          Boys - Section Champions

                        (1999-2002, 2004-2008, 2013, 2020, 2020-2022)

                      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, 2021)

                     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. Coach Hare holds national and regional diplomas from National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA). Coach Hare is a certified CPR Trainer and Sport Safety Trainer (American Red Cross). Westminster College Bio Link.



Director’s Message to Parents


Dear Parents,

Thank you for considering the Hare Goalkeeper Academy. To those of you who have sent a child to one of our past clinics, training programs and camps, thank you for your continued loyalty; rest assured that your child’s experience in our clinic, training program or camp will be every bit as rewarding. Those considering sending a child for the first time should know that the child’s safety and welfare are our top priority and that your child will receive professional instruction from a team of outstanding coaches. Again, thank you for considering Hare Goalkeeper Academy for your child’s training and camp experiences. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Warm Regards,

Gerald “Jerry” Hare
Founder & Director
Hare Goalkeeper Academy


Coaching Philosophy / Training for Goalkeepers:


As an experienced and caring goalkeeper coach, I will give personal and professional attention to players, especially goalkeepers, of all ages and skill levels. Players will be divided based on age and / or skill level in all activities.


I believe in the systematic training of players. I start with foundational elements of goalkeeping and continue building on those elements throughout the week. I keep up with the latest methods in soccer training to ensure that players receive age-appropriate training. A typical day includes individual ball skills, coordination drills with a soccer ball, small-sided games, team competitions, and lots of fun. My goal is to enhance a player's confidence with the ball and their decision-making skills (tactics) so that he/she can make a contribution to their respective teams. Players will get instant feedback from me, as well as other coaches, in the small-sided games and team competitions, so they can apply the coach's instruction as they go through the day of training.


A variety of training techniques are employed to aid goalkeepers at every level. The daily activities include hand/eye coordination drills, flexibility exercises, strength and conditioning drills, and footwork exercises. The fundamental skills are taught and reinforced at various levels, as the individual goalkeeper is capable. These skills include catching/receiving balls, distribution, angle play, collapsing, diving, 1v1 breakaways, corner kicks and penalty kicks. More tactical aspects of goalkeeping are also discussed. Goalkeepers participate in the daily scrimmages with the field players and receive feedback from the coaching staff about their individual game play.


My goal is to create a professional training atmosphere in which goalkeepers of all levels can further their passion for soccer and find their inner potential, becoming a complete player.


Soccer is a game of passion and should be taught that way. I believe in creating passionate, confidant and technically solid players. By creating a solid technical base a player can take their game to whatever level their passion desires.


I have been coaching soccer since 1990 and have developed a proven program in helping players to play at the highest level. My soccer coaching philosophy incorporates everyone who has an influence on the individual player. My method equips the player for the demands of the game at all levels with a particular emphasis on the coach and player relationship.


For the past 32 years, as Goalkeeper Coach at various schools and clubs in the Pittsburgh, PA area, I have created a goalkeeping program for all keepers from the ages of 7-21 years. My work has produced players who have gone on to play at the college level and beyond. Many of my players came from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, including England, Wales, Japan, Chile, Puerto Rico and Italy.


“The new challenge for me now is keeping up with the ever changing technology and new methods of teaching or coaching goalkeepers and to produce the “young and new goalkeeper coaches” who could produce the next generation of keepers”


I look forward to many more years helping student-athletes to enjoy and excel in the wonderful game of soccer.

                                                Coach Jerry Hare