Coaching Staff

VARSITY PROGRAM COACHING STAFF

JAMES SOSTACK:  HEAD VARSITY COACH

Coach SostackHead Coach James Sostack will be entering his 25th Varsity soccer season and has over 300 wins during his tenure. Leading the boys soccer program to 21 District III appearances, he is the longest serving soccer coach in the Lancaster Lebanon soccer league.  Coach Sostack currently holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is the Vice President of the LL League Boys Soccer Coaches Association.  Coach Sostack was honored in 2016 as Pennsylvania 4A Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

Coach Sostack’s goal for his players is that they represent the core values taught in the program and continue the passion to play well beyond their high school years.  Coach Sostack instructs  AP Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics  and  12th grade Government and Economics.  He has won seven ” We the People” Pennsylvania State Championship titles  in Constitutional Law and is the State Director for Representative Democracy in America.  Outside the classroom, he has passion for skiing (ski club advisor), mountain biking, traveling the world with his wife Julie,  and supporting his local home town “football” team Ipswich Town and his London favorite Chelsea.

JUNIOR VARSITY COACH:  Open Vacancy

Interested coaches should contact Coach Sostack at james_sostack@etownschools.org

 

DAVID LANCASTER, GOALKEEPING AND  ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH

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Coach David Lancaster served for four years as the Head Coach for the Jr. High Program. Coach Lancaster will be coaching his second season as the goalkeeping and varsity assistant coach.  He is a 1997 graduate from Etown High School earning varsity letters for soccer in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade as the starting goalkeeper. He had the privilege of being coached by Coach Sostack in junior high as well as high school. He currently still plays in many men’s leagues in the area.   When he is not playing soccer, Coach Lancaster enjoys time with his wife and son.

 

JUNIOR HIGH PROGRAM

JUNIOR HIGH HEAD COACH:  Coach Joey Funck

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Coach Funck will be entering his 2nd season as Jr. High Head Coach after third years as coach for the 7th/8th grade team.   He is no stranger to Etown soccer, as a 2012 graduate from EAHS, Coach Funck earned four Varsity letters as a player and was recognized as an Lancaster Lebanon All Star for 3 years.  Having played at the highest club level with Classics, Coach Funck brings a passion and desire to coaching.  Mr. Funck owns his own business, JF Construction, specializing in masonry after attending Thaddeus Stevens College where he won several awards as a Phi Theta Kappa honor student.

JUNIOR HIGH ASSISTANT COACH (7th/8th Grade Coach) : Coach David Hershey

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The Elizabethtown Boys Soccer Program welcomes David Hershey as the 7/8th grade team coach.  David Hershey’s lifetime passion for soccer shows through playing, coaching and studying the beautiful game. He holds a class-E coaching license and is a licensed referee.  David has volunteered coached and consulted at Rheems Athletic Association/ Elizabethtown United (EU) for the past 15 years. He is a community soccer advocate and appreciate EU’s mission to offer quality, affordable soccer to all.   Dave helped coach the girl’s Rheems Rhythm and boy’s Blue Lightning from U9 to U14. Both teams were very fun and successful, with the boy’s team making it to the semifinals of last year’s state cup tournament. 

 A 1993 graduate of EAHS, David was a 3-time varsity letterman, LL League All-Star and co-captain of the 1992 team that brought home the school’s first Section Championship.  David also played midfield for Susquehanna University starting every game as a freshman and helping the team to a record number of wins in a season. David then graduated from Penn State University. He enjoys raising his family and working in Elizabethtown. 

He appreciates all styles of soccer, his current favorite teams are Barcelona and Etown High School.    His coaching philosophy reflects players gaining sound fundamentals, learning possession-style soccer and developing a love for the game and their team.  David looks forward to a fun and rewarding experience this season with the junior high.