Meir Segal – Success as a Soccer Player
Meir Segal was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1954. Early in life, he found both a passion and talent for soccer. At 15 years old he played for Stu Academy, and his ability was discovered by the professional team Hacoah Ramt Can in 1970. He continued to play for them for six more years, winning both the league and the cup two times each. In 1976, he made the decision to become a free agent to further his soccer career in Los Angeles, California. Segal played for the semi-professional and highly successful soccer club, Maccabi Los Angeles from 1976 until 1981.
While playing for Maccabi Los Angeles, Meir demonstrated exceptional skill by earning himself the Golden Boot award in 1978 for the most goals scored in the league. The Maccabi’s went on to win the Triple Crown in 1977 and 1978 for winning the National Soccer League title, the California State Cup and the National Challenge Cup. During the 1978 National Challenge Cup Final, now known as the US Open Cup, at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherfod New Jersey, Segal started in front of over 30,000 fans. The Los Angeles Maccabi defeated the Bridgeport Vasco da Gama from Connecticut with a score of 2-0. The game was a double header featuring the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. During the National Cup Challenge Finals, Segal had the honor of playing with some of soccer’s greats. Playing for the Cosmos that year were Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka “Pele”, Franz Beckenbaur, and Girogio Chinaglia. Also on the roster was Rodney Marsh playing for Tampa Bay.
The Maccabi Los Angeles team was by all accounts a soccer dynasty in its day, winning the National Challenge Cup five times. Currently, the only other team to have as many Challenge Cup wins was Bethlehem Steel. Other notable accomplishments while Segal was both a player and coach for the Maccabi’s include winning the Lamar Hunt open in 1977 and 1978, winning the California Cup in 1977,1978, and 1979, and also winning The Greater Los Angeles League title in 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980. The Maccabi team played its final game in 1982, ending its winning legacy. However, the Macabee Athletic Club still exists to this day.
Meir Segal – Success as a Coach
To say Meir Segal is an experienced soccer coach would be a vast understatement. Many times when a talented athlete tries to coach they fall short of being able to convert skill into instruction, but this is not the case with Segal. He effectively translated his athletic skill into a means of developing both athletes and soccer programs. Now, at 62 years old Segal continues to coach with decades of expertise to offer young athletes.
Meir Segal started coaching as soon as he arrived in Southern California in 1976. He is responsible for building the soccer program at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, and creating a successful, cohesive team in the Santa Fe league, unarguably one of the toughest in the state at the time. Under his instruction, Notre Dame High School found themselves placing second in the league with a record of 7 wins 3 losses and 2 ties, and an overall record of 12 wins 5 losses and 2 ties. His team went on to win the CIF championship in the Santa Fe League.
In 1993 he moved to Arizona after playing for 10 years in Europe. Started coaching at Ft. Lowell Soccer Club in Tucson. Ft. Lowell had a much more inclusive philosophy, training kids of all ages and stages. They strived to “make it fun while instilling in [their] players a lifelong passion for the sport.” This didn’t make the teams any less competitive, however. Under Segal’s experienced coaching, Ft. Lowell won state three times; in 1996 with the U14 boys Arsenal; in 1997 with the U17 boys Sidewinders; and again in 1998 with the U17 boys Sidewinders.
In the early 2000’s, Segal coached at Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix Arizona. Sereno has 37 years of experience to offer its players, and having a soccer veteran such as Segal only bolstered its winning reputation. The program is not only sponsored by Adidas, but has a well-rounded system of training their athletes. They teach the athletes their core values and train in the “technical, tactical, psychological and physical” aspects of the game. Segal led his U17 boys to win the State Championship in 2000, and his U18 boys again in 2001.
By 2001, Segal moved to Nevada to pick up coaching full-time. He started working for the Neusport Soccer Club in Las Vegas. Neusport Soccer prides itself on its “competitive and challenging” atmosphere, and says in no uncertain terms that they are not “recreational soccer” but for “those ready for the next level and beyond”. Because Neuspost expects so much from its players, one can imagine that the coaching staff had to be equally experienced and competitive. Segal obviously gave a lot to the program because he brought over 90 boys to the state championships and won three times.
In recent years, Segal has been a coach at Classic Soccer Club in Tempe Arizona. Classic Soccer seems to be the youngest of the Soccer Clubs he’s worked for but they have already created a solid program for all youth, whether it be an introduction to soccer to those wanting to make a career of it. Their training is, all-encompassing that includes nutritional well-being, and “is based on the total soccer training concept, focused on the details that develop top-level soccer players. It is designed to support every player equally making them aware of the importance of possession and positional responsibilities to be able to play in any given position whenever the game requires it”.
Currently, Segal is keeping his hand in the game by offering private coaching lessons.
Meir Segal – Notable accomplishments.
CALIFORNIA COACHING EXPERIENCE:
1977 – 1980 Notre Dame High School
– Started the soccer program
– Won Santa Fe CIF Championship
1976 – 1981 – Maccabee – Los Angeles Player/Coach
– Won US National Championship 1977, 197 8, 1979
– Golden Boot award 1978
Won Lamar Hunt Open 1977, 1978
Won California Cup 1977, 1978, 1979
Greater La Legue Title 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
ARIZONA COACHING EXPERIENCE:
1996 – Ft. Lowell Arsenal – 85 boys State Champions – U14
1997 – Ft. Lowell Sidewinders – 82 boys State Champions – U17
1998 – Ft. Lowell Sidewinders – 83 boys State Champions – U17
2000 – Sereno Soccer Club – 82 boys State Champions – U17
2001 – Sereno Soccer Club – 83 boys State Champions – U18
NEVADA COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Neusport – 90 boys State Champions
Neusport – 94 boys State Champions
Neusport – 94 boys Regional Champions