About Watchung Hills Soccer Association

Established in 1978, Watchung Hills Soccer Association [WHSA] is an established soccer club in the heart of New Jersey’s soccer landscape.

 

With an emphasis on serving the youth soccer players of Long Hill Township, Warren, Watchung & Green Brook, WHSA offers recreational, travel and elite level soccer programs. WHSA offers professional training and coaching for every program, employing top caliber trainers.  WHSA recently added a Director of Coaching who will oversee the trainers and all aspects of the soccer curriculum in our elite program.  Unlike many clubs, WHSA offers professional training and coaching for our recreational soccer program. This training provides the unique opportunity to explore soccer at any level of skill, experience, cost and commitment; while staying local within the same club and eliminating the need to continually “club shop.”

Meet Frank Sena

OUR PRESIDENT

With 20+ years of youth soccer experience, Frank has been a Board Member of the Watchung Hills Soccer Association for 12 years and President since 2012. During his tenure, Frank has continually stressed the club’s player focused approach which includes i) treating every player with respect, ii) providing every player with the right level of competition at the right stage of their development and iii) developing model citizens as well as soccer players.

Frank has been instrumental in creating partnerships with like minded clubs such as Match Fit Academy and New Jersey Surf Soccer Club. 

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MEET MARK LOWDON

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

Mark brings a wealth of soccer experience to Watchung Hills Soccer Association. While he has been working within the club since 2005, he was added as the Director of Coaching in the spring of 2017. Mark is also the Associate Director of United Soccer Academy where he has been since 2005.

A native of Broadstairs, England, Mark played at Charles Dickens High School where he captained the team for 5 years. From there, he went on to represent his county (Kent) for 2 years before going to play for Crystal Palace. Mark moved over to the States in 2005 and had a season with the New Jersey Rangers. He currently holds the Director of Coaching Diploma, United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and the USSF D License.

 

Mark is responsible for overseeing all training related matters within the Recreation, Travel & NJ Elite programs.


His role also consists of regularly watching all of our teams play, meetings with all coaches, and occasionally conducting team practices while covering for coaches.


Meet JohN SCIACCHTANO

Director of College Recruitment

John’s role as the Director of College Recruitment is to work with our players and their families to ensure that they are fully educated on what it means to play at the collegiate level so they can make the decision that is best for them. This is accomplished by taking the time to understand what players are looking for as part of their desired college experience. At this stage, this does NOT include soccer. We, as a club, recognize that players are attending college to further their education, develop the skills necessary to excel in the outside world and create lasting friendships and memories. IF they choose to play soccer and are fortunate enough to do so; so much the better.  

 

The recruitment information and best practices used come as a direct result of John’s collaboration with approximately 120 college soccer programs across the United States.

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Proud Partners

Match Fit AcadEmy

The purpose of The Match Fit Academy Football Club is to adopt a new approach towards the development of U.S. soccer.

Student Athletes

Scholarships

We are proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship awarded to one male and one female high school senior. Awards were based primarily on past involvement in WHSA programs, an essay, and academic achievement. 

board of directors

Frank Sena

President

Mark Lowdon

Director of Coaching

ANTONIO PAGKALINAWAN

VP of Travel Program

John Sciacchitano

College Recruiting

Mark Hardy

Travel Coordinator – Boys

Leslee Singh

Rec. Coordinator

HAL BELLOVIN

Travel Coordinator – Girls

Mary Balkonis

Secretary

Brian Thomas

Facilities, Ref Assignor

Linda Bosco

Treasurer

Kevin Cale

Social Media/Marketing

Roger Novoa

Video Production

Giacomo Cocchara

Fundraising/Sponsorship

Chris Larson

Field Scheduler

MARRYANNE Dubois

At Large

Paul Scanlon

Advisory Committee