Tobin Heath Selected for the Women’s World Cup Soccer Team

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Tobin Heath has been tagged for the Women’s World Cup Soccer team, no surprise to her long-time trainer Steve Leo, the Director of Training at Parisi Speed Schools in Fair Lawn and Morris Plains.

Tobin Heath has been tagged for the Women’s World Cup Soccer team, no surprise to her long-time trainer Steve Leo, the Director of Training at Parisi Speed Schools in Fair Lawn and Morris Plains. Leo says of Heath, a member of the last Women’s Olympic team, “She set her goals in high school, has worked every day since to pursue her dream, and has a lot of fun; she loves the game.”

Tobin went from Ridge High School in New Jersey to the University of North Carolina on a full scholarship, returning to train at Parisi’s Morris Plains facility during the summer and on breaks. In college she played on National teams in addition to being instrumental in UNC’s three NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships - so the biggest challenge for her trainers was keeping her workouts paced correctly to maintain her strength and see she wasn’t overtraining. Her dedication to her sport paid off; in 2008 Heath became the youngest member of the US Olympic team where she was a reserve mid-fielder and also the youngest member of the US National team.

When Tobin returned to Parisi’s and her trainer as a gold medalist, she brought Steve Leo her jersey from that Gold Medal team, a memento that he treasures. “That’s Tobin,” said Leo, “she is a great competitor and a great person.” In 2010 Tobin again made soccer headlines as the number 1 draft pick in Women’s Professional Soccer, and now plays for Sky Blue FC.    Known for her passion for soccer and focus, her coaches and trainers kept in touch throughout her travels, tweaking her routines for both the available accommodations and the number of games on her slate. Parisi’s Leo says that is the biggest challenge – “You never know what kind of facilities Tobin will have access to, and we’ve always really pored over schedules to be certain that both good training and recovery is built into her schedules.”

Tobin, who has been working through some minor ankle issues, is heading to Germany to play the first game with this World Cup team. Back in Parisi Morris Plains Leo will keep up with her via text and email. “She’s young, you’re going to be seeing her name in headlines for a long, long time.”

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