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Podcast: Sanchez, Schmidt, Spencer measure academy's progress

By Soccer Holdings Communications, 03/30/21, 4:15PM EDT


The trio of youth program leaders chatted with LouCity supporter group Scouse's House.

The crew jumped on 'Scouse's House 2.0' to discuss all the Academy's additions in its first year. 

Photo courtesy of EMDash Photography

On the latest edition of the 'Scouse's House 2.0' podcast, youth academy director Mario Sanchez, junior academy director Kincaid Schmidt and assistant boys director and college recruitment coordinator Luke Spencer discussed a fruitful first year for both the Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC academy programs.

Topics discussed in the hour-long podcast included:

  • How Sanchez has seen the program as a whole -- including both first teams -- grow since joining the LouCity technical staff in 2019. "I think ultimately what's changed is that now we're a proper club," he said. "We have the first team, we have the women's first team, and we have the youth on both the boys and the girls. We're a proper club now. There's a philosophy that goes from the first team down to the 6-year-olds... If anything it's pretty amazing in a short period of time how we go from playing in a baseball stadium to having now two multimillion-dollar facilities."
  • Spencer on his transition from player to coach after hanging up his boots following the 2020 season: "It's everything I expected it to be -- everything I wanted to be," he said. "I'm in a position where I'm learning a lot every day, where I'm coaching every day. I work for Mario and with Kincaid and Simon (Bird). So I'm around good people everyday and experienced people everyday... As a coach, I'm growing, I'm being challenged, it's been a positive experience for me so far."
  • The opportunity for the academy athletes to train next to the pros at the new training facility: "We wanted to make sure, if you see the design of it, that the kids understand the feel that they're training right next to the pros," Sanchez said. "So that was a big desire of ours. We didn't want the pros to be behind a glass wall or hidden. That's something that's a part of the culture that started with James, and now with Hack and Danny."

    Listen to the full pod below: