LI Fury midfielder Lorraine Quinns enjoys the best of both worlds
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- Lorraine Quinn is living the best of both worlds.
At the age of 26, the Farmingdale, N.Y. native is still young enough to pursue her soccer career and yet has accrued enough experience to be a soccer coach.
Quinn performs for the Long Island Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League this summer and recently was named assistant women's coach at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
That did not surprise Fury coach Paul Riley, who thought so highly of his midfielder that he gave West Point head coach Marcia McDermott, who had called him, an A+ recommendation.
"I gave her a great recommendation," Riley said. "I think that's another reason with Quinnie being around. She's always paying attention on the board. It's a credit to her. She's a great footballer and a great kid, too."
Most recently an assistant women's coach at William & Mary, Quinn knew a great chance when she saw one.
"It was an opportunity I didn't want to pass up," she said. "It's going to be very different. These kids are mixing the Army and soccer. They're doing something that's bigger than just a soccer game. I'm really excited on what it's going to bring. And I'm also a little bit clueless, so it's an opportunity and I'm excited for this coming fall."
Quinn will be in a setting to show off her football -- soccer skills -- for the Fury (5-1), which will host the New Jersy Blaze in a WPSL game at New York Tech in Old Westbury, N.Y. at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.
An original member of the Fury when it was associated with the Huntington Boys Club (HBC) in the Long Island Junior Soccer League, Quinn has played for Riley under various youth and amateur teams for a good 12 years. The Fury name eventually was moved to the Albertson Soccer Club, which has won dozens of State Cup championships in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association competition. With this version of the Fury, Quinn is one of the senior players on a team that is dominated by teenagers and high school players who have dreams of playing in college and perhaps beyond.
"She's a great professional," Riley said. "Great with the young ones. You walk into the locker room. She doesn't know anybody. Different generation for her. But he plays. She's still clever. She's got sharpness to her. She's got a great mind. She and Tina [DiMartino] are critical for our run as we get closer to the playoffs because they have a little bit of experience. We're very, very young."
It should not be surprising that Riley has influenced Quinn.
"I look at some of the coaches I played under," she said. "I've had Tracey Leone [a member of the U.S. women's National Team that won the first World Cup in 1991] and Paul Riley, big names in the sport. A lot of what I do looks at what they're taught me and the styles that they have. I switch it up a little bit, but I mimic my coaching on what they do because they're the best ones in the game. You see them winning games and you see players like myself coming back and playing for a long time. So it’s something that they bring to it that I hope to bring to it as well."
Quinn, a key member of the Fury's WPSL championship side in 2006, keeps coming back to the Fury. She is a team leader, but she has noticed how Riley coaches the various generations, something Quinn made a mental note for future coaching challenges.
"There are a lot of generations," she said. "Every summer Paul brings up a lot of the little ones because they have the energy and speed and there are upcoming kids. I may not know the names really well or personalities, but I have seen the faces around. . . . I know the way Paul keeps everyone together and on the same page. I feel like bit older, which I am, but I was the oldest one when I was 21 because we were the originals. It's interesting and great to see the way he works the Long Island Fury."
In fact, Quinn is trying to bring the Fury generations together. She said she is still best friends with players from the original Fury team.
"Last week I was at one of the girls' bridal showers," she said. "We get together and it's still 12-13 of us still getting together. So, we bring that culture around. I'm going to get a group of the originals out to one of these games just to watch us and support. There are some kids here that don't even know who the originals are."
After watching her patrol the midfield this season, the LI Fury players certainly know who Lorraine Quinn is.
Long Island Fury results
Sunday, June 2 -- LI Fury 3, FC Bucks 1
Wednesday, June 5 -- LI Fury 5, BuxMont FC 0
Sunday, June 9 -- LI Fury 2, FC LVU Lady Sonics 0
Wednesday, June 12 -- LI Fury 2, LVU Lady Sonics 1
Sunday, June 16 – New York Athletic Club 4, LI Fury 0
Wednesday, June 19 -- LI Fury 4, BuxMont Torch FC 0
Long Island Fury schedule
Wednesday, June 26 -- vs. New Jersy Blaze, New York Tech, 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 29 -- at FC Bucks, Council Rock N, 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 -- vs. New York Athletic Club, New York Tech, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10 -- New Jersy Blaze, FDU Florham, 7 p.m.