Coach Spotlight

George Russo

Q: How many years have you been coaching at Buckley? 
A: 13
Q: What was your favorite sport to play in high school/middle school?
A: Soccer and basketball
Q: Did you play a sport in college? If so, where did you go to school and what sport was it?
A: I played basketball at West London Institute of Sport/Brunel University
Q: What is your favorite team to cheer for now? (other than Buckley of course)
A: Arsenal Football Club
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: LA!
Q: What’s the most memorable game or play that you’ve witnessed/coached at Buckley?
A: My first win as a soccer coach. It was an away game vs. Avalon Catalina Island in December 2002 - Audrey Chittick scored the winning goal.
Q: If you could create a team, what would the colors be? 
Q: How did you become involved in coaching?
A: I started coaching for my local council at 16, running weekend and summer clinics for track and field, cricket, soccer, rugby, basketball, tennis. I then went to college and completed teacher training while picking up my coaching badges in soccer, basketball, gymnastics (trampolining), rugby, track and field, swimming, and tennis.
Q: What’s your greatest joy/biggest challenge as a coach?
A: Working with students who love the sport they're playing.
Q: What’s the most amazing sports moment you’ve ever witnessed or been a part of?
A: Going to my first soccer games at Arsenal with my dad!