Jeff Pill joined the Maranatha athletics department as college soccer coordinator in 2008. He currently serves as the men’s soccer coach and oversees the women’s team. In his first year at Maranatha, Coach Pill led the men’s team to its first NCCAA Midwest Regional Championship since 1990 and a fifth-place finish in the national tournament. Before coming to Maranatha, Coach Pill served as Women’s National Staff Coach for U.S. Soccer and assistant coach for the U19 National Team with an international record of 11-0-1. Since 1994, Pill has been part of the National Instructional Staff, including helping train the 1996 U.S. Women’s National Team Olympic team and coordinating the Under-14 Girls National Team program. His 40-year career in soccer also includes coaching at New Hampshire College and high school soccer at The Derryfield School in New Hampshire. His Derryfield teams won seven consecutive state championships (1986-1992). His record there included a 69-game winning streak and 122 games without being shut out. In addition to his USSF “A” License, a NSCAA Advanded National Diploma, and a National Youth License for coaching, Pill’s awards include five New Hampshire Coach of the Year awards, Sportsman of the Year, New Hampshire Senior All-Star Coach, and the President’s Award from the New Hampshire Soccer Association. Pill has served on the New Hampshire Senior All-Star Selection Committee, Vice President for the New Hampshire Coaches Association, a technical reporter for FIFA during the 1994 and 1999 World Cup games, and Director of Coaching for New Hampshire. During his seven years as Director, player registration increased from 5,000 to 30,000. One of Coach Pill’s achievements is seeing many of the players he worked with go on to coaching positions and seeing many of the coaches that have come through the coaching programs make an impact on the state, regional, and national levels. Another achievement is having 11 players he coached at the Youth National Team level make the current National Team roster. Some others include coaching the first ever female games in two huge and famous stadiums, Maracana in Brazil and Jalisco stadium in Mexico, working for FIFA during the 1994 Men’s and 1999 Women’s World Cups, being asked to assist the Men’s National Team as it prepared to play Mexico, coaching the U19 Women’s National Team, and scoring the winning goal in the Dunbarton, NH, 2v2 basement league championships against his son’s team. Jeff Pill’s family includes his wife, Shari, and his three children, Sarah, Hannah, and Taylor.
Coach Pill’s goal in working with the soccer team at Maranatha is to engage the players in a “process of excellence” in such a way as to inspire them to give themselves wholeheartedly to the task (1 Cor. 10:31). He also wishes to model a life before the players, that will stand as a testimony of God’s goodness, and to encourage the same of them (John 13:15). Another goal is to encourage and equip the players to use their God given talents to serve in a local church ministry (Eph 4:12). He told the interview board that, “if they were looking to hire a guy that was ‘just all about winning soccer games,’ they had the wrong guy. But if they were looking to hire a guy who would be thrilled to hear that one of the players was perhaps using what he or she had learned on the soccer field to impact others for the cause of Christ, then, they had the right guy for that!”