Simon grew up in Illinois and played club soccer for the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. Simon played collegiate soccer at North Carolina State University.
Simon played soccer professionally in Europe for IFK Malmo in Sweden and SpVg Brakel in Germany, he played indoor soccer for the St. Louis Ambush and Kansas City Attack, and for the A-League teams Jacksonville Cyclones and the Bay Area Seals.
Simon’s favorite soccer memories are tied to the support he received from his mom and dad. His dad would use a snowblower to clear the snow every winter so that Simon could still practice soccer. His high school did not have a soccer program, yet Simon’s mom started a committee which worked to get signatures of support as well as to fundraise for uniforms, coaches and a field. Because of his mom’s efforts, Simon was able to play four years of soccer for his high school team.
Coaching for MVLA has truly been like a family to Simon. He started coaching for MVLA in 2001, and MVLA is the only place he has ever coached. From day one, the club and the families of the teams he coached have supported him, and the members of MVLA have become Simon’s close friends.
Simon was once inspired by a coach in Denmark who took the time to show him what he thought it took to reach your highest potential, covering ideas such as rest and recovery, nutrition, sleep, plyometrics, video analysis and daily training logs. Simon has his United State Soccer Federation A License, his USSF Y License, and his NSCAA Premier License.
Simon’s favorite team is Bayern Munich. In addition, he’s very intrigued with the planets and space exploration, and finds the rover on Mars and the possibility of colonization fascinating.