Jeff Bladek has been hired as the new Boys Soccer Varsity Head Coach at Paul VI.
Coach Bladek has spent a lifetime in the game of soccer and has an extensive coaching career of nearly 40 years. A former goalkeeper at Loyola University in Chicago, he has been involved in all aspects of the game including high school coaching, grassroots organizations, and leadership positions in various travel programs. A native of Illinois, Coach Bladek has lived in Northern Virginia for 20 years and is a licensed, accredited coach. He also works as an independent recruiter and scout for various colleges across the country, as well as several soccer clubs in England. ‘
Coach Bladek originally came to PVI in 2016 as the Girls JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant, playing a key role in development of young talent and two varsity championship teams. Girls Head Coach Meg Ashley commented, “Jeff has been a vital part of our program. I’m happy for him and the boys program, but he will be very difficult to replace. I’m also very happy he’s staying in the PVI family.”
Bladek’s philosophy of coaching is based in player development. Bladek shared: “One of keys to becoming a major program in the WCAC is to help our players understand that the team is a family. No player is more or less important than another. Trust, respect, teamwork, and hard work top to bottom produces success.”
“We are very happy to elevate Coach Bladek to this position. He understands our culture and is motivated to not only run a championship program, but to also provide an outstanding overall experience for our student-athletes. He is the right man at the right time to build upon our winning tradition,” remarked PVI Athletic Director Billy Emerson.