The Soccer Program at The Gunnery is focused on developing young athletes into competitive soccer players by the time they reach the varsity level. The program stresses the technical, tactical, and physical demands of the game as it is played at the college stage. By exposing young athletes to these demands early on in the program, the player will find himself better prepared to play at a higher level of soccer.
All practice sessions are geared to improve the player’s foot-skills, placing emphasis on developing the quality of the player’s first touch on the ball. At the varsity level, higher demands are expected physically and technically from the players. Players learn to perform under pressure and at game speed. A variety of team formations are introduced and explained in order to provide the player with a detailed understanding of the tactics of the game.
A required, preseason training program is also an important element to the development of our players. We have specific conditioning and technical exercises that improve the player’s core strength, develop agility and improve both aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels.
The coaching staff’s objective is to assist hardworking, student-athletes in developing into high-quality soccer players. In addition, the overall improvement of the athlete’s physical fitness and coordination will prepare the athlete to be competitive in a variety of sports here at The Gunnery.
Gregory Swenson has dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and history from Drew University, where he also played soccer and lacrosse and worked in undergraduate admissions. He studied for three weeks in St. Petersburg, Russia, known for its “white nights,” as part of a history and culture program at Drew. Prior to joining The Gunnery, he coached middle school lacrosse and was a supervisor at an elementary school camp. He is teaching economics and coaching three varsity sports: boys soccer, baseball and boys lacrosse. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and watching cooking shows.
A native of Marshfield, MA, Bart attended The Roxbury Latin School in Boston before matriculating at Bowdoin College in Maine. At Bowdoin, he played both varsity soccer and lacrosse and earned an A.B. in Government and Legal Studies. After graduation Bart worked for State Street Corporation and taught IB History and Theory of Knowledge at the Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona. In 2016, he received an M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. He enjoys coaching soccer, playing golf, backpack trips and supporting Liverpool F.C. Bart teaches Honors U.S. Government, Honors Entrepreneurship Seminar, and leads the Gunn Scholar Program. In the afternoons, he coaches varsity soccer, varsity golf, and Highlander Hockey. He lives in Whittlesey House with his wife, Kate, and their son, Benjamin.