Welcome to Royals Soccer!
Head Coach: Stephani Church
Coach Church is entering her second season as Head Coach of the Girls' Soccer Program at Upper Darby. Coach Church began playing soccer when she was 4 years old. She earned All-State Honors in high school, was the team MVP and earned a scholarship to play Division 1 Soccer at Binghamton University. She played for Binghamton University Women’s Soccer Team from 2012-2016. During her career, she tied the team record for most game winning goals in a season. At the end of her career, she made her way on the top 10 goal scorers list for the program. While her primary position was forward in college, Coach Church's primary position was goalkeeper until she entered high school. She made the transition to midfield and forward based on the advice of her high school coach. After graduating from Binghamton, Coach Church became a graduate assistant coach for the Siena Women’s Soccer Team, a Division 1 Program in Loudonville, NY. She remained on the staff for 3 seasons while obtaining her master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Advanced Certificate in School Psychology. In addition to coaching at Siena College, Coach Church has coached a variety of youth soccer teams with three different clubs in the Albany, NY area ranging from ages u5 to u18. She had her own soccer training business during graduate school where she facilitated individual and group lessons, along with camps. She has a NSCAA Level 4 and USSF F Coaching License. She is looking forward to her second season with the program!
Varsity Assistant Coach: Dana Gentile
Coach Gentile is entering her first season as Varsity Assistant Coach for Upper Darby High School Girls Soccer Program. Coach Gentile began playing soccer when she was 4 years old. She is a UDHS Alumni, (class of 2008) where she played Varsity all four years, earning First team all Central League, the leading scorer junior and senior year, and MVP for her team. Throughout her soccer career she has played many different positions, splitting her time between stopper and striker at UDHS. Coach Gentile went on to play Division 3 Soccer at Delaware Valley University and was a starter all four years. Her first two years she primarily played outside back and then finished her last two years playing striker. While in college she was MAC freedom second team ALL-STAR, MAC freedom women’s soccer offensive player of the week, and the MVP for her team. After graduating college with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management, coach Gentile traveled to different states to work in the rehabilitation of marine life and wildlife. After many years of traveling she moved back home and started her career as an emergency/critical care and surgical veterinary technician. Coach Gentile still plays soccer in a competitive women’s league and cannot imagine her life without soccer in it. She is excited to be a part of the Upper Darby Girls Soccer team again.
Junior Varsity Head Coach: Kelly Gustis
Coach Gustis is entering her first season as JV Coach for the Upper Darby High School Girls Soccer Program. Coach Gustis began playing soccer at the age of 5 for recreation leagues. She is an UDHS Alumni, (Class of 2014) where she played JV for two years and Varsity for two years. She was named the sole Varsity captain during her senior season. Her primary position was stopper for most of her career until she reached high school. When on JV, she switched between defense, midfield, and forward depending on the team's needs each game. Once she was placed on Varsity, Coach Gustis returned back to stopper. While studying abroad in Eleuthera, Bahamas for 3 months, Coach Gustis was a volunteer coach for a boys recreation soccer league. After high school, Coach Gustis chose not to continue her time as a player in order to focus on college and her career. She has always taken opportunities to be back on the field leisurely to never lose her touch in her favorite sport. She is very excited to be back on the Upper Darby Girls Soccer team in a new role as a coach!
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Alexandra Taraschi
Alex Taraschi has worked with the UDHS soccer program for 5 years both in an official and unofficial capacity. Her experience with soccer began as a toddler and continued throughout her adult life. She thrived in an offensive position both on her travel and high school teams - participating in various leagues and tournaments through countless seasons. Her high school team won back to back state championships and club teams won numerous tournaments at a state and regional level. She also participated in Olympic Development Programs for the state as well as a 3 v 3 team (just for fun) that made it to the national championships. After high school she made the tough decision to leave her soccer career behind in order to pursue art school. Despite this transition, she has remained active in intramural and city leagues for the last 10 years.
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Gabby Liberio
Gabby Liberio is joining the coaching staff this year for her first time as a volunteer coach. She recently graduated with the 2020 UDHS class. Gabby was a four year varsity starter for the girls soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams while she attended Upper Darby. While on the soccer team, Gabby was a forward and occasionally midfielder. She became a team captain her junior and senior season. Gabby earned the Most Valuable Player award her junior year, and Offensive Player of the Year for her senior season. Her senior year, Gabby scored 16 goals and had one assist. Currently, she is attending West Chester University remotely, and is excited to work with the other coaches to help the team this season!