Team Details

Soccer - Varsity Boys

Boys Varsity Soccer Team

Image courtesy of Fred Brand Photography

The Shady Side Academy boys soccer program is among the oldest in Western Pennsylvania, having started in 1928 with a four-game schedule. Two years later, play began in the Interstate Prep School League (IPSL). Shady Side joined the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) in 1993, playing in both leagues until 1999. SSA has won a total of 20 IPSL titles and 11 WPIAL section titles. In 2010, the team opted to move up to WPIAL Class AA soccer after six years at the Class A level.

Preseason Letter

Team Schedule

Coach Info

Head Coach Ed Ellsworth

Ed Ellsworth

Ed Ellsworth joined Shady Side Academy as the Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach for the 2015 season. Coach Ellsworth was the assistant head coach at Pine-Richland for 10 years. He is presently the Arsenal Football Club Head Coach (U10-18’s) since 1999, leading them to eight Pennsylvania West State Championships. Coach Ellsworth has been instrumental in training 20 of the 2014 All Section players and 3 All-WPIAL players

Assistant Coach Nathan Verbanets

Nathan Verbanets joined SSA as assistant director of programs in 2011 after having served as assistant director of SSA's Day Camp Discovery. He became the director of auxiliary programs in 2014. He has coached the SSA JV and Middle School boys soccer teams for three years as well as for the Allegheny Force Football Club. He grew up playing soccer in Western Pennsylvania and while at the University of Pittsburgh, he helped to create the Pitt Men’s Club Soccer Team as a player and coach.

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