Black Soccer Association
I served on the Board of Directors for Denkyem Charitable Foundation, Inc. in New Jersey for about five years and wrote their soccer coaching curriculum. The above photo was from a coaching license course in Burlington City, NJ. Later, Denkyem won a grant to put in an up-to-date, level soccer field in the area behind along the Delaware River Waterfront.
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1994-2008 - Premier Soccer Camp (PSC – formerly Barons’ Soccer Camp) Instructor; Pemberton, NJ; Pottstown, PA and Holy Cross HS, Delran, NJ. (Coordinator 2008)
1999 - Federation Internationale de Football Association Women’s World Cup, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Volunteer – Protocol, Guest Services. June 19 and June 26.
Soccer In The Streets – Inner-city soccer recruitment and training. New Brunswick, New Jersey.
1998 - Volunteer Coach, Willingboro Soccer Club, Instructional Soccer and Friendship League, Willingboro, NJ.
Premier Soccer Camp (formerly Barons’ Soccer Camp). Instructor,
South Jersey Willingboro Soccer Club (1980 Girls’ Travel Team), Head Coach.
1986-1989 - Willingboro Soccer Club (1975 Girls’ Travel Team), Assistant Coach.
BSA: You recently retired from coaching, can you tell us how you’ve been spending your time? Has it been difficult to leave coaching after so many active years?
I stepped away January of 2016 at the Baltimore convention. I have been spending weekends watching my first great-grandson, “DJ” (Dennis James Thomas Graves) learn “The Beautiful Game” with the “Little Kicks” program locally. He is four years old and loves it. Mom, Grand-mom and grandaunts all played. I was gifted with a Philadelphia UNION game as a birthday present couple of years ago and DJ went along. He saw the players kicking the ball as we entered the stadium and he yells, “BALL, Mommy!”
Other than that, I am continuing my Karate training twice weekly, at least, 4:30-6:30 a.m. I also walk the dogs for one of my daughters and son-in-law while they are at work. Judy, my wife, usually has a “Honey Do” list, so I may be shopping or transporting family members, as well as things around the house.
BSA: Thank you so much again Coach Cornish for taking your time to talk to us. We wish you and your family a very happy 2017
(L-R): Instructor Dave Cornish, King Asomaning,
Mayor Dr. James Fazzone and Coach Guy Cornish
Black Soccer Association
Coach Guy Cornish
Coach Cornish Brief CV
Guy L. Cornish, Jr.
B.S. Physical Education; M.Ed. Adapted Physical Education & Scientific Foundations
Retired Educator: January 28, 2005
Pupil Personnel Services/ Adapted Physical Education
Willingboro Memorial Junior High School
Boys’ P. E. Office
Affiliation: High School NJGSCA/NSCAA
(New Jersey Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association): 1993-2005
Denkyem Foundation Exec. Bd: 2009 - Present
SITS101 – New Brunswick, NJ: 4-6/1999
Women’s World Cup99 Volunteer,, Guest Services/Protocol, Giants Stadium: 6/19-26, 1999
Life Center Academy Florence, NJ
Middle School Boys’ Head Coach 2014; 4-3 season
Co-ed Middle School Volunteer Head Coach 2013; 10-0 season
Willingboro High School
Boys’ Soccer Varsity Assistant Coach: 2005-12
Girls’ Soccer Varsity Head Coach: 2000-04
Girls’ Soccer Varsity Assistant Coach: 1999
Girls’ Soccer Varsity Head Coach: 1993-98
Premier Soccer Camp & High School Girls’ Team Camp,
(Formerly Burlington County College “Barons”)Instructor: 1994-2008
Willingboro Soccer Club
Willingboro “Jaguars” – U8 Girls, Thanksgiving Tourn. 1999, HC
Willingboro “Wave” – 1980 Girls, Head Coach: 1989-93
Willingboro “GoalBusters” – 1979 Girls, Assistant Coach: 1987-89
Willingboro “Wings” – 1975 Girls, Assistant Coach: 1984-89
Bloomfield College Bloomfield, NJ: 1957-59
Forward, midfield, fullback.
“Certificate of Appreciation” for years of service to NSCAA and BSCC,
67th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, Friday, January 17, 2014
National Diploma: July, 2010
Advanced Regional Diploma: August 19, 1999
Regional Diploma: June 12-13, 1999
NSCAA Black Soccer Coaches Committee Exec. Bd.: 1996 - Present
“D” License: 2/1992
“E” License: 1/1991
“F” License: 1/1990
Coach of the Year: 1997
New Jersey Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association - State
New Jersey Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association – Southern Region
South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association – Girls
Black Soccer Association (BSA), Advisory Board Member, 2011 - Present
January 7, 2015
February 26, 2017
BSA: Hello Coach Cornish, thank you so much for taking your time to talk to us
BSA: When and how did you become involved in soccer?
I became involved in soccer in the Fall of 1957 when I entered Bloomfield College and Seminary (No! I wasn’t entering the Ministry.) in Bloomfield, NJ, just up the road from Newark. The college didn’t have an American football team and I wanted to stay active. I was coming off an injury to my left ankle that had me casted and Coach Bob Nichols was surprised to see me. “Didn’t I see you in a cast last week when you enrolled in your courses?” “Yes, sir! I’m okay now!”
We played the old “W-M System”, with a Left Outside Fullback, a Left Inside Half, Center Full, and Right Inside Halfback, and Right Outside Fullback. In front of them would be the Left Forward Wing, the Left Inside Forward, the Center Forward, Right Inside Forward and Right Forward Wing. It looked like this:
ROFB CFB LOFB
RFW CF LFW
I played mainly halfback or forward. We had Greek and Italian players, plus a big Korean that had been a Captain in the Republic of Korea “Tigers”, their elite fighting unit like the American Commandos.
When confronting the enemy, they would throw down their weapons and go ‘hand-to-hand combat”. Soonek Paek was no joke, but that is a story for another time.
BSA: You have been involved in Black soccer for many years, can you tell us in brief some of the organizations you have worked with?
I am one of the original members of the Black Soccer Coaches Committee (now Black Soccer Coaches Membership Group – BSCMG) of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), founded in 1996. I served on the Leadership Committee as Director of Communications, Membership Director and website content provider for a time until I stepped down after twenty years at the 2016 NSCAA Convention. I joined the NSCAA in 1993 when I was selected to be the Girls’ Soccer Head Coach at Willingboro High School in Willingboro, NJ. I had been an assistant coach for my eldest and middle daughters’ teams and head coach for my twin daughters’ team in the Willingboro Soccer Club. I was assistant three years, then head coach for my granddaughter’s team in the same club for two more seasons. I was a Co-Head Coach for my granddaughter’s middle school team in Willingboro.
I was also the assistant coach for the Boys’ High School team from 2005 to 20012. In 2013, I coached the Life Center Academy’s Middle School’s co-ed team that went 10-0! The next year, I was Head Coach of their Boys’ Middle School team.
I have help as an assistant coach of the Burlington County Girls’ Soccer League Select teams when one of our twins was playing.
I was the South Jersey Representative for the New Jersey Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association (NJGSCA), one of the largest members of the NSCAA.
I am currently an Olympic Development Program Evaluator for player identification for the New Jersey Youth Soccer and have been for 18 years.