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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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Meet 6th Grade Head Boys Soccer Coach Alex Shuptar


GFS Athletics welcomed Alex Shuptar as the 6th Grade Head Boys Soccer Coach this fall. Shuptar will also be substituting in the Physical Education department. 

“My mom is a GFS alum, so I've always heard amazing things about the school. I recently moved back to northwest Philadelphia and came across the 6th Grade coaching opportunity, which I see as a great way to combine my soccer background with my interest in education,” Shuptar noted. 

“My goal is to build a fun and engaging playing environment that encourages kids to continue the sport in 7th and 8th grades.”

Shuptar’s soccer experience as both a coach and an athlete is vast. Currently, he serves as a Director of Coaching at FC DELCO, overseeing 25+ boys and girls soccer teams ranging in age from Under-8 to Under-12. Shuptar responsibilities include curriculum design, running training sessions, coaching education, and parent communications. He also serves as the head coach of the Under-12 Boys Pre-MLS Next team. While at FC DELCO, Shuptar was the recipient of the 2019 John Hingley Excellence in Coaching Award. 

Prior to FC DELCO, Shuptar was the General Manager at Sofive Soccer Center, Elkins Park, overseeing the day-to-day management and supervision of 30+ employees and the complex schedule, including field rentals, leagues, tournaments, classes and events.

Shuptar also served as the Director of Operations & Soccer Events at NXT Sports, Philadelphia, where he led all soccer marketing and sales initiatives; the business increased annual revenue by 225% in one year under Shuptar’s leadership. He also directed the Jack Walsh Memorial Tournament, a 350 team event played at seven venues. 

Also in the coaching arena, Shuptar served as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Haverford College where he supported the head coach with organizing, planning and directing all aspects of the program. Shuptar also managed recruiting, equipment, travel, and scouting, as well as fundraising and budgeting initiatives. During Shuptar’s time at Haverford, the team captured the school’s first Centennial Conference soccer title. 

Shuptar’s playing experience is equally impressive. He was a professional soccer player with the Detroit Waza Flo, based in Flint, MI. In college, Shuptar was an All-American soccer player at Franklin & Marshall College and earned the Garrigues Outstanding Senior Athlete for Men honor as a Diplomat. He served as team captain his senior season and was a member of the Delphic Student-Athlete Honor Society. 

Shuptar is pursuing his M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. in English from Franklin & Marshall College. 

“At GFS, we strive to have some of our most experienced coaches working with our youngest athletes.  Alex has already made an impact and we are excited that he has joined our community and our coaching staff, leading our 6th grade boys soccer squad.  Coach Shuptar’s vast experience, specifically with youth soccer athletes, will continue our focus on developing the whole athlete in a healthy and positive intentional way,” said Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark.

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