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Debbie Pekel Joins DME Academy, Sarasota Coaching Staff

August 29, 2023

Debbie Pekel, USSF C License and current Head Coach of New College of Florida (Sarasota) joins the DME Academy, Sarasota. Pekel, a former collegiate standout had a successful career at Grace Christian University. In 2016, Pekel led all of NCCAA Division II in goals scored with 27 on the season. During her senior season, she helped lead the Tigers to their first region championship in program history and their first national tournament appearance. The team finished the season as national runner-up, falling to the BJU Bruins 2-0 in the national championship. Pekel was a four-time All-Region player while also earning All-American honors twice in her career with the team.  After college, she became an Assistant Coach at GCU and Bob Jones University prior to her new role with New College of Florida.

“I am excited to build intentional connections in the Sarasota soccer community and begin working with youth players again. I am privileged to join a stellar group of coaches and be a part of DME’s mission of providing life-changing opportunities!” says, Pekel

At DME Academy, Sarasota she is set to lead the DME Academy, 2014/15 girls team. Read her bio here.

“Debbie is a great addition to the team. We’ve been on the search for strong female soccer minds since last March. For the girls’ program to be successful here it was important for us to add someone like Debbie. We can’t wait to get her perspective, tap into her playing style, and have her serve as a role model for our young female athletes who want to pursue collegiate playing careers.” Jared Antista

The future is bright at DME Academy, Sarasota – join us today!