Tiger Soccer Academy (TSA) was founded in 2017 by Don Strasser and Chris Goodwin. We wanted to develop an academy that encourages students in our community to become better soccer players. TSA aims to bridge the gap from 4th grade to 12th grade, providing a sense of pride to the Northport soccer program. TSA will have college coaches, college players and high school players share their experiences with our players. We hope to build a close knit community based academy that teaches individual soccer skills, game knowledge and emphasizes teamwork.
Don Strasser has been the Head Varsity Boys Soccer coach at Northport High School for the past 22 years. In his 22 years as Head Coach, Don has led 6 Northport Varsity teams to a League 2 Championship title. Don is a six-time winner of the League 2 Coach of the Year award given by the Suffolk County Coaches Association. He has been a part of the Northport district for more than 22 years teaching Chemistry. Don graduated from Massapequa High School in 1994 and received his BS in Education from Villanova University and a Master’s of Liberal Arts and Studies from Stony Brook University. Don grew up playing soccer in the Massapequa Soccer Club and enjoyed a three year varsity career at Massapequa High School. He has coached at numerous summer soccer camps and clinics including SUNY Farmingdale and Chaminade High School. Additionally, Don is the CEO of A Midwinter Night’s Dream Inc., a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Don holds his USSF F License.
Chris Goodwin has been the Assistant Varsity Boys Soccer coach at Northport High School for the past 4 years. In 2017, he led the JV team to an undefeated league season winning himself the League 2 Coach of the Year award in his first year as coach. Apart from soccer Chris teaches Business Education at the High School. Chris graduated from Clarke High School in 2010 and received his Bachelors degree in Business Management and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Adelphi University. He later received his Advanced Certificate Degree in Secondary Education from Hofstra University. Chris began his soccer career with East Meadow Soccer Club at 4 years old. Advancing to multiple state cup finals with the East Meadow Hawks United, he eventually moved onto play for the Brooklyn Knights and Lynbrook Magic making it to numerous league and regional championships. In addition, Chris has played for the Eastern New York ODP and Region 1 ODP teams and the Long Island Rough Riders. He has coached at East Meadow Soccer Club since 2012 training numerous teams within the Youth Academy program. Chris holds his USSF F and E License.
Steven is a John-Glenn High School Varsity Soccer alumni and former Eastern New York ODP player. Currently, Steven is a Junior Goalkeeper at Mary Washington University. At Mary Washington, he is a NCAA D3 Playoff and Conference champion. In addition, Steven is a four semester Dean's list student. Steven is an experienced trainer, working with youth players all the way up to the collegiate level.