The listing of Jewish head soccer coaches on the skilled and collegiate stage shouldn’t be lengthy.
There was Al Cornsweet, a player-coach for the Cleveland Indians (sure, the soccer staff) in 1931, who, although Jewish, reportedly dabbled in Scientology.
There was Allie Sherman, a two-time NFL coach of the yr, who nonetheless misplaced three straight NFL Championship video games with the Giants from 1960-62.
Extra lately, there was Buffalo Payments legend Marv Levy and former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman and Tony Levine, who guided the Houston Cougars from 2011-14 earlier than switching careers. He now owns a Chick-Fil-A.
And, after all, there’s Jedd Fisch.
What’s a candy Jewish boy from Livingston, New Jersey, doing in Tucson, of all locations?
Go forward and ask Fisch — or ask me, for that matter.
In any case, it was a bit unusual discovering that Fisch and I have been born in the identical hospital — Saint Barnabas Medical Heart — not fairly eight years aside, 2,388 miles away from Tucson. In Yiddish, they name it kismet.
Livingston is not precisely a soccer manufacturing facility, in any case. It’s about as removed from the fertile fields of Texas as they arrive. Livingston produces attorneys and dentists, not coaches. Essentially the most well-known soccer participant from Livingston may simply be Stan Yagiello, who performed for the powerhouse that’s William & Mary.