VARSITY PROGRAM COACHING STAFF
JAMES SOSTACK: HEAD VARSITY COACH
Head Coach James Sostack will be entering his 26th Varsity soccer season and has over 300 wins during his tenure. Leading the boys soccer program to 22 District III appearances, he is the longest serving head varsity 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 11th grade Government and Economics. He has won seven ” We the People” Pennsylvania State Championship titles in Constitutional Law and is the former 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: JEREME WELLS
Coach Jereme Wells is our new junior varsity coach. Having graduated from Etown in 2015, Jereme is familiar with Etown’s core values and winning ways. A 3 time varsity letterman, LL League all-star and 2015 All-State award winner, as well as playing a role in winning Etown’s first League championship. After Etown he went to Eastern University where he went on to play in 4 conference final games and win 3 of them as well as making a run to the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournaments. During his junior year he got the chance to play soccer over in Scotland with the University of St. Andrews during a semester abroad where they won the covenant Queens Park Shield (The Scottish college tournament equivalent of the NCAA National tournament). Jereme currently plays for Lancaster Lions semi-pro team.
Supporting Chelsea Football Club since he began to follow the sport, his favorite player of all time is a toss-up between Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. One of his favorite memories of watching a game was going to Washington DC to watch Chelsea play Barcalona back in 2015.
Outside of soccer Jereme enjoys traveling to see the world, playing xbox, watching movies and learning about trading foreign currencies. Jereme looks forward to working with and learning from all the other coaches as well as being a part of the Etown program again.
DAVID LANCASTER, VOLUNTEER COACH: GOALKEEPING
Coach David Lancaster has served both as a Varsity Assistant coach and the Head Coach for the Jr. High Program. Coach Lancaster will be coaching his fourth season as the goalkeeping. 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 children.
JOEY FUNCK: VOLUNTEER COACH
Coach Funck served as Jr. High Head Coach. 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 specializes in masonry after attending Thaddeus Stevens College where he won several awards as a Phi Theta Kappa honor student. Coach Funck remains committed to the boys soccer program but now volunteers so that he may spend more time with his wife and two daughters.
JUNIOR HIGH PROGRAM
JUNIOR HIGH HEAD COACH: DAVID HERSHEY
David Hershey is the Junior High Head 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.