Farrell Soccer's Bright Future

Written on 02/11/2020
Holden Gumb

A Post-season Interview with Head Coach Ed Hynes '82

Farrell's soccer team has long been a staple in the school's winning culture, and this year's varsity team kept the tradition going. Head coach Mr. Ed Hynes '82 had nothing but good things to say about the team and is more than excited about the future of the program.

When asked about where the 2019-2020 varsity roster might rank in Farrell's history Coach Hynes definitely regards it as one of the best, calling it the best class of seniors he has ever coached, while also referring to seniors Tim Kane '20 and George Devine '20 as:

"The heart and soul of the team."

This season Farrell won the Staten Island Championship for the second consecutive year,  beating out Tottenville for the trophy, while also making it to the semi-finals for the city championship before falling to St Francis.  

Along with the team accomplishments comes the individual accolades. Overall, Farrell had four players, Tim Kane, George Devine, Matt Pitaressi '20 and Tai Torres '19 selected to the CHSAA All-League Team. Additionally, the aforementioned seniors were also selected for the Mayor's Cup.

Coach Hynes, a former Farrell soccer player himself, had quite an impressive career in his playing days. At the time of his graduation in 1982, he was Farrell's all-time leading goal scorer with 52 goals, a number which still ranks within the top 10 today.

Does being a former player help in coaching today? Coach Hynes seems to think so: 

"Nothing is like the experience of playing the game."

He contributes a lot of his (and his staff's) coaching ability to growing up around the game, saying that there are certain nuances to it that only players can understand.

The majority of the coaches on Farrell's staff are former college soccer players themselves, and they do not take their positions in the program lightly.

"We treat it like it's a college program,"

said Coach Hynes when asked about the team's success. And with 17 travel players expected to be joining the Farrell family as freshmen this upcoming fall, the program could not be more eager about its future.