Manya Makoski to coach soccer at CHS

Christian Heritage School has named Trumbull native Manya Makoski as Director of Soccer Operations and associate head girls soccer coach.

“God has truly blessed me with this opportunity to be a part of the Christian Heritage School Athletic Department,” Makoski said. “A new beginning is always exciting for me. I know that through my experience playing and coaching, I will be able to help the CHS soccer programs grow.”

Makoski, while a student at Trumbull High, was the 2001 Gatorade State Player of the Year and a two-time All-American. She has played on the US Women’s National Teams (2001-2008), and in 2002 won the FIFA Under-19 World Cup Championships.

From 2004-08, she played semi-professional for the New Jersey Wildcats, Pali Blues, and the SoccerplusCT Reds.

Professionally, Makoski played for the Los Angeles Sol, Atlanta Beat, Thor/KA (Iceland), Åland United (Finland) and Sky Blue FC.

Starting in 2005, Makoski has been coaching soccer in various capacities, including the Olympic Development Program, Guilford Premier, Yankee United Premier, the New England Comets Premier, and the girlsCAN Football Academy.

At the college level, Makoski assisted with the University of New Haven women’s soccer program (2006-08).

In 2008 she was named to the Connecticut Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Most recently, Makoski was the assistant coach for Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield.

“The values and vision that the CHS community has are a perfect fit for me,” said Makoski, who holds a BA in Journalism and Communications from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of New Haven.

“The athletic philosophy aligns with my own passion for the game. I will be completely focused and driven to continue to build on what CHS has already established for its soccer programs.”