Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Kevin Sweeney grew up around the corner from MAD Director John Murray. In fact, only six houses separated their families, and, being more like cousins than merely neighbors, there was a well worn path between the two homes. Sweeney had followed the career of his boyhood friend, had visited the MAD website, and, being an athlete himself, was intrigued by the work of Murray Athletic Development. Sweeney, a veteran of many soccer campaigns, back in the day when Beach Chalet's pitches sported crabgrass and reeked of composting sewage, now has a son, Eric, who plays for the S.F. Glens Evolution 17 and Under Team.
S.F. Glens Evolution is the youth program for the S.F. Glens S.C., a soccer club founded in San Francisco in 1961. The Glens Evolution program fields both competitive and recreational teams, for ages from kindergarten through 17 years. It also offers camps and clinics, and its focus is to provide the highest quality instruction in developing young players. The youth program also features the renowned Pat Maguire Training System, a regimen based on the repetition of fundamental soccer techniques. Developed by S.F.'s own Pat Maguire, it has been used with great success, particularly among younger players. Glens Evolution is the premier youth soccer instruction organization in San Francisco, and it has been designated as a U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Together, the Glens S.C. and Glens Evolution field 80 teams and number approximately 1500 active players.
Kevin Sweeney assists Head Coach Benkay Kajihara in coaching the Glens 17U team, and when Coach Kajihara suggested that the team should step up their strength and conditioning, Sweeney had the right outfit for the job, Murray Athletic Development. Coincidentally, Oisin McCormick, son of Glens' Evolution Board President John McCormick, had attended a MAD skills clinic, and had raved about it to his father so the Glen's Evolution Board President was already favorably disposed to working with MAD. Kevin contacted his old friend John Murray who promptly designed a soccer specific training regimen for the Glens' 17U Team.
This past spring and summer, the members of the Glens 17U Team took part in a program comprised of general strength and conditioning workouts and in-season recovery sessions. After a successful summer campaign, the players have returned to continue their workouts with MAD this fall. Of special note, several players, among them Eric Sweeney, Ethan Khoo, Sebastian Muniz-Massa, and Joe May have put forth exceptional efforts, and as usually is the case, they have achieved excellent results.
Despite their long and storied history, the S.F. Glens S.C. are not resting on their laurels; they are an organization on the rise. Already the official North American partner of the European powerhouse Celtic F.C., a professional football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, which plays in the Scottish Premiership, this past year, the Glens S.C. joined the Premier Development League and now compete in their Southwest Division. Last month, the Glens S.C. made yet another splash when they named the much heralded Jimmy Conrad as their Technical Director and Associate Head Coach. Also a Glens S.C. Board Member, John McCormick recently consulted with MAD Director John Murray about the possibility of expanding MAD training to additional Glens' teams. So cheers to the City Boys! It appears their brightest days are ahead of them - and not too far at that.