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Q&A with Soccer Coach Joey Tinnion

What brought you to RU and why did you choose to work here?

“I was the assistant coach at Adrian College, but my goal was to become a head coach. When the opportunity came up at Rochester College, I knew it would be the perfect position for me.”

What’s the easiest part of your job? What is the hardest part?

“The easiest part of my job would have to be that I get to coach the sport I’ve always wanted to coach, so it makes it very easy to get up everyday and go to work. The hardest part of my job would have to be making sure everyone is eligible to play and make sure they stay eligible because there are so many moving parts that are out of my control. Making sure you know all the rules for eligibility makes it difficult.”

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

“The most rewarding part of my job is getting to watch all my players grow on- and off-the- field.”

What do you do outside of your job to relieve stress?

“Golf is my main stress reliever. It's one of those things that when you’re playing you mentally are still thinking and analyzing your next move. But it takes a good break from reality and when you get done with the round you just feel relieved.”

Where did you grow up?

“I grew up in the Macomb area so not too far from Rochester University actually. I must have driven by here 5,000 times!”

What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area?

“My favorite things to do around here is mainly spend time with my family, and of course, golf. I’ll also occasionally go to the movies and soccer games that are in the area too.”

What is your most prized possession?

“The new golf clubs I got recently.”

What is your most sentimental possession?

“Probably a box I keep in my room with old cards and trophies and things like that.”

What is the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?

“Growing up my biggest obstacle has to have been staying organized and trying to make sure I stay on top of everything. Part of growing up for me was trying to find the best way to balance the different aspects of my life.”

Who was your biggest influence growing up?

“My biggest influences growing up had to be my family. My dad was a professional soccer player, which helped lead me to falling in love with soccer, which is how I ultimately ended up here.”



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