Podeyn began his coaching career after a successful seven-year professional playing career as a goalkeeper. He played collegiately at Long Island-C.W. Post (1984-1987) where he was an NCAA Division II All-American while leading his team to the NCAA quarterfinals as a senior. That year, Podeyn led the nation in save percentage (.893) and ranked fifth in the nation in saves with 107. He went on to spend seven seasons with the Long Island Stars of the American Soccer League, earning league MVP honors twice while setting a league record of 973 consecutive shutout minutes.
His résumé also includes a variety of other elite-level coaching experience in the United States and abroad. This includes assisting with goalkeeper training for the U-17 U.S. Women's National Team, serving as a national technical director for APT Soccer and as a regional director for AFC Ajax, one of the largest and most prestigious professional soccer clubs in the Netherlands. He has also worked with professional coaches at Vitesse Arnhem (a Dutch professional club), in Brazil with Club Atletico Miniero (CAM), in Germany with Borussa Mochen Gladbach, and in the U.S. with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (formerly of the MLS).
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