Coaching comes naturally to Bethanie Moreschi of Point Park women’s soccer |
District College

Coaching comes naturally to Bethanie Moreschi of Point Park women’s soccer

Point Park athletics
Point Park women’s soccer coach Bethanie Moreschi instructs during preseason training camp at Highmark Stadium in August 2019.
Point Park athletics
Point Park women’s soccer coach Bethanie Moreschi instructs during preseason training camp at Highmark Stadium in August 2019.

Every once in a while, Point Park women’s soccer coach Bethanie Moreschi will catch herself channeling her father. Ron Moreschi has been coaching soccer for decades and led the Chartiers Valley girls team when the program was born in the early 1990s.

Bethanie was at his practices often, kicking balls with the “big girls” or sitting on their laps during idle moments.

Coaching, then, came naturally once her playing days at CV and La Roche were over. So, too, do some of her father’s tendencies. They are especially noticeable to Pioneers starters Tia Horew and Emily Gillot, who played for her father at Char Valley.

“She likes to take people under her wing and takes care of them and really takes pride in them doing well,” Gillot, a sophomore, said. “That was something her dad did.

“There’s little stuff that she will go over in practice that I remember her dad teaching me.”

Said Moreschi: “I definitely feel like we have a lot of (the same) ways we coach and communicate with players. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I feel that he was a great soccer coach and a good example and mentor for a lot of high school girls.”

Point Park is Moreschi’s first college head-coaching job — she coached North Hills’ girls team from 2014-17 — and she got the position practically at the last minute. She took over in early August after former coach Emily Kuhn left to take the Lock Haven job.

Moreschi, 28, was serving as an assistant at La Roche when she decided to take the plunge into running her own college program.

While the transition came easily for her — except, she said, for all the administrative duties — it wasn’t necessarily going to be the same for her players. Senior captain Gabby Widman (Brashear) said there was apprehension initially, particularly for the older players who had been in Kuhn’s program for a couple of years.

Gillot assured her teammates Moreschi would be a great hire, and they soon bought in.

“She is a younger person, so she could connect with us,” Widman said. “As soon as she started coaching, you could tell she was there to lead us to success not only in our soccer careers but in our future careers.”

Widman said Moreschi has simplified the team’s style, taking a more back-to-basics approach. She also injects fun into practices, Widman said.

“I think they are starting to understand me and what I am expecting from them,” Moreschi said. “And I have great soccer players here, and that’s always a good thing.”

The Pioneers struggled early, dropping their first four matches. After being blanked in the first three, they scored twice in their Sept. 7 match against Siena Heights.

That, Widman said, is a sign the team is starting to turn the corner and should be ready to challenge for a River States Conference title.

“It creates an environment for us to work hard,” Gillot said. “We’re broken in, I guess you could say, and ready to play the harder teams in our conference.”

And Ron Moreschi will be watching.

His coaching duties at Beadling Soccer Club kept him from attending the Pioneers’ early matches, but he typically watches replays online. Bethanie often asks for his opinions on strategy and gets tips on players she might want to recruit.

In the end, however, she wants to leave her own mark on coaching. “I want them to have a good experience,” she said. “Four years flies. Make relationships that matter with their teammates and coaches. I want to be someone they can trust and come back to in the future.

“And have success. In the end, no one likes to lose.”

Chuck Curti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.