New Director of Goalkeepers

Date Posted: 1/29/2018

Gaston United Appoints Sarah Voigt Director of Goalkeepers
A former player at Notre Dame, Voigt brings experience, pedigree

GASTONIA – Gaston United Soccer Club has bolstered its goalkeeping program by adding Sarah Voigt as its full-time Director of Goalkeepers.

Voigt, who joined GUSC’s staff last February as U16 girls coach and part time goalkeeper trainer, will oversee the training and development all of the club’s goalkeepers, from the Academy level to U19. 

A former goalkeeper at Notre Dame, Voigt graduated from St. John’s Country Day School in Orange Park, Fla., where she played for coach Mike Pickett.

“We are excited to bring Coach Sarah on as our director of goalkeepers,” said Jonas Richardson, Gaston United’s executive director. “She has the experience and the know-how, and will improve our goalkeepers in every facet of their growth. We couldn’t be happier to have her on the staff in a full-time capacity.”

A 2015 graduate from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters as an English major, Voigt made 23 appearances (13 starts) for the Irish. As a freshman, she played in seven matches, starting five. As a sophomore, she started 11 matches, earning the start on eight occasions, while posting career bests in all categories with 6-1-1 record with a 0.85 goals-against average. As a junior, playing primarily as a backup, she didn’t allow a single goal.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with coaches who are invested in player development and players who enjoy being challenged and improving their game,” Voigt said. “The goalkeeping curriculum at GUSC will challenge players to develop the physical, mental, technical and tactical elements of their game.”

Voigt, who teaches 7th and 8th grade English at Gaston Day School, is also a coach for the boys’ middle school team, which finished an impressive 12-1-1 last season.

“I have a good amount of experience playing soccer, goalkeeper specifically, at all different levels, from youth soccer to ODP to NCAA DI athletics,” Voigt added. “My players will benefit from the experience I bring to the table—particularly at the goalkeeper’s position.”

As a member of U.S. Under-18 National Team player pools for three years (2009-’11), Voigt participated in a U-18 National Team camp in April 2009 and spent two summers (2011-’12) playing for Florida Sol FC in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). She was also part of the U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) ODP Under-19 All-Star Team that played three matches in Germany in July 2011.

Previous to Gaston United, Voigt worked as the head of goalkeeping and coached a U13 girls team at Michiana Echo (Granger, IN) in 2015 and also coached a U11 girls team at Gainesville Soccer Alliance (Gainesville, FL) in 2015-2016.

Added Voigt: “I’m very much looking forward to getting to work with our goalkeepers. I hope they’re ready.”

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