Maureen Den Haese
In an interview with Creighton White & Blue Review...
'As incredible as the play looked on the field it's the type of soccer that Sullivan has been well-versed in for a long time.'
"That all goes back to my very first club coach, his name was Tonio Paternostro. He was my coach from fourth grade to eighth grade, and that's all we did. He loved to play pretty soccer, so that's how I was taught to play. I don't know I guess it's just stuck with me."
"My daughter has been training with Nicole for 3 years and she has improved greatly over this time. Most notably is her technical ability, which translates to improved performance on the field.
Nicole has gone out of her way to tailor training sessions that work on my daughter's weaknesses.
During a recent college ID camp, we were told that my daughter was "very advanced technically for a 9th grader."
We credit Nicole for being a huge part of our daughter's development and success as a soccer player. Nicole is genuinely supportive of her both athletically and personally.
We are very thankful to have met Nicole and equally pleased with the results of her individualized training sessions."
"I had the privilege to get coached by Tonio for a year and a half. Throughout his training, Tonio stresses the importance of the technical aspects of the game.
Through his intense warm-up drills to possession oriented exercises, Tonio helped me massively improve my first touch, passing, shooting abilities, as well as my soccer IQ.
He pushed me in the right direction even when things weren't going to plan at times.
Thanks to Tonio's guidance in soccer, I was able to get to the next level and implement his soccer mentality effectively."
UMass - Amherst
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"Our son has been working with Tonio for almost 2 years. During this time, we have seen steady and noticeable improvement to his technical skills.
Tonio is extremely knowledgeable and stresses the importance of proper technique. He took the time to understand my son's personality and what type of player he is. He strengthened existing skills while improving areas of weaknesses.
My son looks forward to 'Tonio Training.' Tonio keeps sessions on track while making them enjoyable for the player. He has improved my son's skills, which transformed him into a confident, successful player.
These personlized training sessions are what propelled my son to the next level on the soccer field. We are grateful for the time and personal attention Tonio has dedicated to our son."
"I had the honor to play for and be trained by Tonio for 6 years. I valued his experience because he is a coach that possesses many admirable qualities.
He has a high soccer intelligence, discipline, passion, an altruistic attitude, is trustworthy, reliable, and has always had great confidence & belief in his players.
I believe that the strong training I received under him prepared me to play at the Division 1 level I play at today."
Univ of Nebraska
Greg Den Haese
"My daughter had previously been plaing on an all boys team and was nervous of being on a 'girls team' with a 'girl coach.' However, our decision to join this team was the best one we could have made.
Our new coach, Nicole, quickly gained our utmost respect and admiration. She guinely loves her athletes and this is displayed in her coaching skills on a daily basis.
Not only does she teach our children soccer skills and how to play the game, she also teaches them life skills that will help them become successful individuals no matter where their life takes them.
In addition to being an amazing coach to her athletes, Nicole is also an amazing coach to the parents. She gives the parents printouts of her coaching philosophy at the beginning of the season and I admire her for being so upfront and honest.
As a parent, I could not ask for a better leader and example for my daughter. We are so happy we found Nicole and can only hope that we stay with her throughout my daughter's soccer career."
Escazucena Juvented A.D.
"I want to start off by saying that in my life I have asked many people for help and few have offered or given it to me.
But the very first day I met Tonio, I went to his office after practice and asked if he could train me some days just 1 on 1. From that moment on, I knew I had a great coach and person on my side.
To this day, Tonio is the best coach I have ever had and I have played soccer for a long time. He was tough on me, but I knew it was only because he believed. And because of that belief, I decided to keep pursuing soccer professionally.
Everybody I talk to about Tonio says the same thing...''He knows soccer more than anyone I know'...and it is true. His coaching points still echo in my head well over a year after being coached by him.
Tonio has been a mentor, friend, and amazing coach to me. I can't thank him enough."
VfR Fischeln (Germany)
"I've had the privilege to be coached by Tonio while I attended IMG Academy for two straight years.
At every practice, Tonio pushed me both mentally and physically. We would do a great skills warmup to help with our first touch. We also had intense one on one drills that built my confidence and stamina.
Tonio is a great coach whom I've grown fondly of. His advise and critiquing has helped me greatly as a player."