Varsity Head Coach: Sarah Oswald, 3rd
is Sarah Oswald's third year as the head coach of Emmaus
soccer. She previously was an assistant coach for the past
three years. The 2007
Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year
joined the staff immediately following her impressive
playing career at West Chester University.
When she graduated from Emmaus in 2007, Oswald was District
XI’s all-time leading scorer with 141 goals and second in
assists with 62. Her 344 points is still the top mark in
district history. She was a three-time All-LVC player and a
three-time selection to the Allentown Morning Call All-Area
team, being named the paper’s 2007 Area Player of the Year.
In 2006 and 2007 she was named to the PA All-State team, the
NSCAA Regional All-American team and, in 2007, was chosen as
an NSCAA First-Team All-American. In her four varsity
seasons, Oswald led the team to a remarkable 93-8-1 record,
including a trip to the 2006 state championship game. She
was also a three-time team captain.
Oswald’s accolades didn’t stop at the high school level. In
four years at West Chester University, she made a serious
mark in both the school and Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
record books. She left the Golden Rams having scored 59
goals and notching 32 assists for 150 points. Her 150 points
is second in school history and sixth in PSAC history; the
59 goals is third all-time at West Chester and sixth in the
PSAC; and her 32 assists are a Golden Ram record and good
for eighth in the PSAC. She was a four-time All-PSAC First
Team player along with being named the PSAC Player of the
Year in 2010 and the conference Rookie of the Year in 2007.
Most notably, she was a three-time NSCAA Division II
All-American, being named to the Third Team in both 2007 and
2009 and the very prestigious First Team in her senior
season of 2010.
During her time in West Chester, she led the team to a
68-9-13 record and four trips to the NCAA tournament. In
eight years of high school and collegiate soccer, Oswald’s
teams went an unbelievable 161-17-14 while she tallied 200
goals and 94 assists in just 192 games. Sarah is a physical
education teacher at Eyer Middle School and lives in
Allentown with her dog, Oliver.
Assistant Coach: Brittney Ruggieri,
Brittney Ruggieri completed nine seasons as an assistant coach
with the Kutztown University women's soccer team in 2016. She began
with Kutztown as a graduate assistant in 2008. She then returned to
the staff and has worked as an assistant coach after that. She also
coached for local clubs including Lehigh Valley United and Vincent
United, as well as at Parkland and Emmaus High Schools. She currently
coaches a youth team at Western Lehigh United.
She was a four-year player at Division I Liberty University
and spent one year playing for the Northampton Laurels and two years
playing for the Buxmont Torch in the WPSL. After which she stepped
into the head coaching role for the Torch for several years.
Brittney and her husband, Bryce, reside in Macungie
with their son, Brayden and daughter, Landen.
Assistant Coach: Ali Brosky, 1st
Ali Brosky is a first-year coach at Emmaus this season. She
was an assistant coach for Lehigh Valley United in 2016. This past
summer, she was involved in the inaugural season of the Lehigh Valley
Tempest in the WPSL.
Ali is an Emmaus (10') alumni, where she lettered all four years in
soccer. She was teammates with Sarah Oswald in 2006, where they reached
the state playoffs and later won 3 district championships. She finished
her high school career as a team captain and ranked in the top five
goal scorers. She continued her collegiate career at Slippery Rock
University (Pittsburgh, PA). While there, Ali was named to the NSCAA
All-Region Team and won a PSAC championship.
She is currently in graduate school studying Physical Therapy at Alvernia
Junior Varsity Head Coach: Jim Meehl,
marks Jim Meehl's eighth season on the Emmaus girls soccer
staff and his sixth as the head junior varsity coach. He brings an
excellent coaching background and history of success to his role as
the junior varsity head coach. From 2005-2008, he was the head girls
coach at Franklin Towne Charter High School, leading the team to the
District 12 championship game and appearances in the PIAA Class AAA
playoffs in 2007 and 2008. In the spring of 2009, as an assistant
coach at George Mason High School in Falls Church, VA, he helped guide
the team to the Virginia High School League Class A state championship.
In the fall of 2011, Jim also coached the Emmaus boys junior varsity
Jim and his wife, Devin, live in Quakertown. He is employed as a
Health/Wellness/Fitness teacher at Eyer Middle School. He earned his
bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Penn State University (2004)
and his master's in health education from Arcadia University (2008).
Speed and Agility Trainer: Chad Waelchli,
Waelchli is the Sports Performance Coach of the Emmaus Girls Soccer
Team and is the owner and head coach of CW Fitness. Also, Chad is
the performance and exercise specialist consultant for KWIK Goal.
Chad has trained athletes and clients of all ages and abilities including
NFL combine athletes, USA Olympic Cyclists, minor league baseball
players, collegiate athletes, high school athletes, youth athletes,
and personal training clients.
Chad is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through
the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified
SPARQ trainer (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, and Quickness). He
received his Masters Degree in Exercise Science and his Bachelors
Degree in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
. While at ESU, Chad served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Coach at Wilkes University and Lehigh University and was a Graduate
Assistant in the Intramural and Recreation Department at ESU.
Along with specialized and functional training, Chad annually presents
research and lectures at NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning
Association) and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) conferences
at the national, regional and local level, and has been doing so for
over 8 years. For the first time in January of 2016, Chad presented
at the National Soccer a Coaches Association of America's National
Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, where he presented four different
topics on performance training. The conference consisted of over 5000
soccer coaches from around the world. Chad also was a teacher of biomechanics,
nutrition, and strength training principles at DeSales University
in Allentown, PA. While at DeSales, Chad served as the head strength
and conditioning coach for the DeSales University Baseball team and
provided training seminars for the Women's soccer team. Chad is currently
the sports performance coach for the DeSales Women's Lacrosse team.
Chad played collegiate baseball at North Carolina Wesleyan College
and East Stroudsburg University.