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Published on August 8th, 2015 | by Staples Soccer


Nicky Hoberman ’07 Joins Coaching Staff

Nicky Hoberman ’07 — a standout on the 2006 state finalist team, and Union College captain — has joined the Staples High School soccer coaching staff.

He replaces Seth Sholes ’78 as coach of the reserve team. After 4 years at the helm — having retired from Wall Street — Sholes is leaving to pursue new business start-up opportunities.

In addition to his Staples soccer career — which included 2 years as a starter and an FCIAC championship, before losing in golden-goal overtime to Simsbury in the state championship — Hoberman played hockey and ran track.

After a stellar Union career, Hoberman competed in CrossFit, and worked as a CrossFit coach and personal trainer. He moved back to Westport to earn a master’s degree in human nutrition at the University of Bridgeport. He’s also working at CrossFit Westport.

“I’ve always wanted to coach,” Hoberman says. “I’m very grateful and excited to be coaching at my old high school.”

“And we’re extremely grateful and excited to have Nicky with us,” head coach Dan Woog says. “He was one of the most competitive players we’ve had, on an extremely competitive and very successful team. Nicky is a winner, on and off the field. He’ll bring a great mentality to our program. And of course it’s fantastic to have one more alum come home, and give something back to the program. That’s the power of Staples soccer.”

Woog thanked Sholes for his professionalism, his passion, and  bringing his teams to new levels. Woog also announced that the junior varsity team will now be called the reserves. “It’s more than a name change,” he notes. “It’s a signal that we’ll align our players more closely together. We’ll have more movement between the two groups. If a player shows especially well in training, he’ll have a chance to play with the varsity. If a guy on the 1st team isn’t getting enough time, he can keep sharp by playing with the reserves. The chance for more movement will make training sessions tougher and more competitive — and of course that benefits the entire program.”

(To see profiles of the rest of the Staples coaching staff, click here.)

Nicky Hoberman


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