Soccer - Varsity Girls
Assistant Coach"The name or logo in the front of your jersey is more important the one on the back." "How we train, play, win, lose, and how we treat each other, officials and our opponents says more about who we are and what we stand for than the wins and losses." These core values, which placed primacy on team, teamwork and sportsmanship, are something every player have embraced on Coach Phu's boys JV soccer squad since 2003, when he arrived at Durham Academy. Coach Phu has also served as an assistant coach of the varsity girls soccer team since 2010.
Ashu Saxena, author of The Well-Rounded Soccer Coach, has been coaching soccer since 1986, and he holds the United Soccer Coaches Master Coach Diploma. He has received the United States Youth Soccer Association National Girls Coach of the Year Award, as well as the United States Olympic Committee National Developmental Soccer Coach of the Year Award. In addition, he has received regional, state, and national coaching and champion of character awards. Ashu has coached several teams to numerous successes on a national level, emphasizing player development, team culture, leadership, sportsmanship and excellence on and off the field. Players in his programs are well-equipped to excel at the next levels of competition (numerous have gone on to play at competitive collegiate programs and beyond), and they also learn valuable life skills. Ashu continues to coach, mentor others and enjoy the game at various levels. He is passionate about improving player development, team culture and coaching excellence, whether by responding to questions from coaches, writing articles or teaching courses as a United Soccer Coaches Associate Staff Coach. His book was released in a second edition in 2018.