Seacoast United Blackbear Welcomes Pete McDonnell As Newest Staff Member

Brewer, November 9th 2016

Seacoast United Blackbear are delighted to announce the newest member to the staff at the club.  Pete McDonnell will take the role of Boys Director of Coaching and Youth Program Director at SUSC Blackbear and brings a wealth of youth soccer knowledge and experience to the area and the players within SUSC Blackbear and their programs.


Speaking about his transition into a full-time role with the club, Pete explained his vision for the players and families in the local area; “It’s really exciting to be at such a great club, with a clear development pathway for each player entering their system, regardless of their level of play… My coaching philosophy is very simple - it’s centered on encouraging players to have fun with becoming the best version of who they can be, on and off the field - nothing else”.

Pete is a native of The Republic of Ireland and is married to his Wife Baylee, who is originally from Orono, which has made the transition to the area much easier, “It’s been very comforting to have family around us during a move of this nature… finding a club with the same beliefs on player development as your own, isn’t always easy, but in many obvious ways this feels like home already and I’m looking forward to working with the local community”, explained McDonnell.  


Coaching-wise, Pete has a UEFA B Coaching License from The Football Association of Ireland, which is the third highest license in the world and he has applied to being his UEFA A license, next Summer.  More recently, Pete lead the John Bapst Memorial High School, Boy’s Varsity team to their first Northern Maine, Class B Regional Final in 10 years, propelling many players to individual All-Conference and All-State awards, as well as picking up the PVC All-Conference, Coach of the Year, in his rookie year.  John Bapst MHS were also also voted into the Sportsmanship award for soccer, by the Eastern Maine Officials and referees association, an accolade that McDonnell holds with closest regard, from the all of the awards this past season, “Realizing that the platform for the majority of the players I coach will not be the professional game, but a positive and integral part of our future society, is vitally important to how I coach the game… as coaches, we have a duty to prepare players for much more than the soccer field, and winning the sportsmanship award at Bapst for the first time in many years, is something I like to hang my hat on”.

At the club, Pete will immediately transition into the Head Coach of the 05/06 Boy’s Premier team, as well as act as an assistant to the 98/99 Boy’s Premier team, while conducting his duties as Boys Director of Coaching and overseeing all of the Youth Programs running at SUSC Blackbear.  “There is a lot of talent in this area, just look at the High School soccer results of late.  There is also great work being done on the ground at the many travel and recreational programs in the area.  I am just happy to be here and excited about working with the local soccer community, to build on the fantastic foundation of player development that already exists”, explained McDonnell.


A brief bio of Pete’s coaching experience is outlined below and can be accessed HERE:


SUSC Club roles:

  • Boys Director of Coaching
  • Director of Youth and Development Programs


Coaching qualifications and roles:

  • UEFA B Coaching Diploma - Obtained from The Football Association of Ireland (2014)
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • NSCAA Player Development Diploma (Stages 1-5)
  • SmartSoccer - Cognitive Coaching Diploma
  • Maine State First Aid
  • ACE Personal Training Course (in progress)
  • Head Coach - SUSC Blackbear 2005 Boys Premier Team
  • Assistant Coach - SUSC Blackbear 1998/99 Boys Premier Team
  • John Bapst MHS Varsity Boys Coach
  • Husson University Mens Soccer Assistant


Previous Coaching Roles:

  • GPS Massachusetts (MA)
  • Manhattan Soccer Club (NYE)
  • FC Copa Academy (NJ)
  • Killala AFC (IRE)
  • The Republic Of Ireland Emerging Talent Center (IRE) (Boys U10-U15)

If you would like to get in touch with Pete regarding any aspect of the SUSC Blackbear progams, please contact or call on his cell 207-332-4112 or office 207-922-1015


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