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MEET ATEAM KEEPER COACH JACK STERN OF PREMIERSHIP SIDE BRIGHTON

MEET ATEAM KEEPER COACH JACK STERN OF PREMIERSHIP SIDE BRIGHTON

Position: 1st Team Goalkeeper Coach

Club: Brighton and Hove Albion FC

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Jack grew up in England playing for various club academies in addition to playing D1 for South Carolina in the US before making the decision to move to a career in coaching at age 21. Jack holds an Uefa B qualification in football and goalkeeping.

Born in London, Jack grew up an Albion fan in Sussex having moved to Heathfield at the age 8. He was an academy player at Wimbledon, and played for Burgess Hill Town and Lewes. Jack made the move to NCAA  playing for The University of South Carolina. Injuries having preempted his post collegiate playing, Jack made the decision to focus on a coaching career at the age of 21.

Jack's coaching journey began with West Bromwich Albion in the EPL working as the academy goalkeeper coach with U8 to U21. After 4 years with West Brom, Jack made the move across the pond to the Montreal Impact in the MLS as the Head of Academy Goalkeeping. Jack worked primarily with the club's USL team. After some success, Jack was promoted to Head of Goalkeeping and First Team Goalkeeper in coach for the Montreal Impact's MLS team.

 In 2018, Jack joined FC Cincinnati for their final year in the USL winning the regular season championship. Additionally, FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Evan Newton won the Golden Glove USL keeper of the year Award. In 2019 he was part of the expansion season in MLS for FC Cincinnati and went on to spend 4 years with the club.

Then, in 2022 an unbelievable opportunity presented itself for Jack to join his hometown club Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. Jack was brought on to be the  Assistant First Team Goalkeeper Coach, working with  goalkeepers such as Spanish International Robert Sanchez. In his first season with Brighton the club recorded a record amount of points, finishing in 9th position.

Brighton First Team Goalkeeper Ben Roberts was quoted saying “After Casper Ankergren’s departure in October we carried out a thorough interview process after more than one hundred high quality applications…Jack was a standout candidate. He is an experienced coach who has a great record of developing young goalkeepers…I have followed Jack’s career over the past decade, having first crossed paths 12 years ago when he was starting out on his coaching badges.”

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