By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
Kevin Sisak was not exactly sure when he would return to coaching soccer, but he was confident it would happen.
After two seasons off, Sisak has returned.
And with the same school.
After resigning from his position as the Field High School girls coach following the 2020 season to spend more time with his growing family, Sisak was recently hired to be the new head coach of the Field Falcons’ boys program.
Sisak replaces Juan Barreto, who resigned at the end of the 2022 season after spending six years leading the program.
“I have had an itch for soccer since the moment I stepped away from the girls team,” Sisak said. “It is something that doesn’t ever leave you. As soccer at Field High School continues its excellence, it is something I’m thrilled to be back a part of.”
Sisak, who is an intervention specialist at Field High School, spent two seasons as the Falcons’ girls coach, leading the team to an 18-13-5 overall record in 2019 and 2020.
Sisak inherits a team that not only has celebrated success in recent history, including a league championship in 2021, but is one that he is familiar with.
“I had the chance to watch the boys team play a lot last season, so I have a good understanding of where they left off, along with their strengths and weaknesses,” Sisak said. “I have learned over my years that what is not broke, doesn’t need fixed. The boys program has had great success the last five-plus years and is consistently among the top in the MAC (Metro Athletic Conference).
“My hope is to grow off the previous success and set our sights on a MAC title and the district round of play each season,” Sisak added.
After stepping down as the head coach of the girls soccer program, Sisak filled a void to coach the Falcons’ girls tennis team in 2021. A role he reprised in 2022, but said he has resigned from the position so that he can channel all of his energy into his new responsibility.
Sisak said he first fell in love with soccer at an early age, playing in his backyard, as well as competing as a member of the Stow Soccer Club. And that love has never left him.
“I fall in love with the game all over again all the time,” Sisak said. “Seeing the success of my players, meeting challenges head on and overcoming them. The atmosphere of a highly anticipated rivalry game and the environment of a training session where everybody is locked in and working hard. I love it all and that is what drives me.”
He anticipates his players will thrive in the same environment and encourages them to find their competitive gene.
“I am a supporter of our young men playing other sports and competing year round — not just in soccer,” Sisak said. “Building that competitive gene is crucial. But when we hit June and July, that is when the real work is done, and I expect our young men to be fully committed together. Field has the absolute best young people around and this is a coach’s dream to be here. The sky is the limit for Field.”