Kevin Koczwara graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the spring of 2009 with a bachelor’s in Journalism and a minor English. He spent many hours in the basement of the Campus Center working at The Daily Collegian while attending UMass. He was an assistant editor for the Art & Living section, writer and movie reviewer for the largest collegiate daily in New England. He is now the News Editor for a local paper in Central Massachusetts and frequently contributes to Worcester Magazine. He helps edit and write for LFC Boston’s blog The Red Letter and has contributed to KCKRS.com and NESN.com.
He became a Liverpool fan at a young age after an au pair introduced him to the team. He has been trying his best to follow it since. He played high school soccer and has a strong admiration for holding midfielders and believes them to be the most important position on the field. He lives in Metrowest, Mass. and is always looking for some pick-up games. He currently plays for the Pigslayers in the Greater Worcester Adult Soccer Association.
Kevin is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters as of 2011.
Ryan Fleming recently graduated this spring (2009) from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in History. Though he doesn’t know what he wants to do when he grows up, one thing is for certain: he loves soccer. Growing up he played only five years until he was around 15, but stopped because the amount of running involved was just out of the question. In his playing days, strikers feared being in his proximity as limbs flayed with ruthless vigor.
He wrote for the sports section of The Daily Collegian for about a year and a half and reached the assistant sports editor position. Being only a soccer fan for about two years his knowledge outside in EPL is a bit limited but he works everyday to expand it. His favorite teams are Arsenal and Celtic but follows Belgians as well as all the European leagues.
He’ll be covering what really interests him and some MLS so Joe can shake his head.
Melissa Turtinen currently works as a web producer for WHDH-TV in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in Journalism and BDIC (Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration): Architecture, Interior Design and Travel Journalism in 2009. While at UMass she was an assistant Sports editor and an assistant Arts and Living editor for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. Since graduation she’s held various internships and freelancing gigs around the Boston area.
The Minnesota native began playing soccer at the age of five and continued on throughout high school. She has held a variety of roles throughout the sport including coaching, managing, reffing and writing about various levels and teams. She admires every aspect of the game and misses playing at a competitive level.
Joe Meloni is a 24-year-old native of Stoughton, Mass., and a graduate of UMass in 2009. He’s covered collegiate sports for the last three years for the Daily Collegian where he served as assistant sports editor and managing editor at different times.
He covered UMass’ NCAA Division I hockey team for the Daily Collegian, United States College Hockey Online and College Hockey News over the last three years. He’s also worked or the Springfield Republican and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
His love affair with the Beautiful Game began in the winter of 2005 when he saw a clip of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that discussed racism in European soccer and featured then-Arsenal star Thierry Henry. Since, he’s been a die-hard fan of the North London outfit and the French striker.
For the Soccer Guys, Joe will cover news of most varieties and apologizes in advance for his hatred of Major League Soccer.
He currently lives in North Quincy, Mass., and works as a technology editor for Brafton News in Boston.
Joe was a founding member of the Soccer Guys.
Brian Wood designed the Soccer Guys website and has written for us. He worked with Ryan, Kevin and Joe at the Daily Collegian and graduated from UMass in the winter of 2009. He is a Liverpool fan and from Mendon, Mass. He runs his own record label, Wonder Beard Tapes.