Coach Al enters his 16th season at the helm of the PHS Girls’ Soccer Program. Under Coach Al, Parkland has won 2 LVC & 6 EPC titles of the programs total of 12 League titles along with 7 District XI Championships of the programs 13 DXI Titles. Al has been named League Coach of the Year and the Morning Call’s Coach of the Year 4 times. 7 times, his team was selected as the Team of the Year by the Morning Call. Coach Al played his soccer at Salisbury High & Penn State Hazleton as well as many of the open and senior clubs in the Lehigh Valley over the past 40 years. Coach earned his USSF “A” Coaching license back in 2003 and brings a tremendous amount of passion for soccer to the girls. Academics and Community Involvement are the foundation to this program. A Certified Investment Management Analyst, Senior Vice President Wealth Advisor and Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley for over 36 years, Coach Al is married to the program’s #1 fan (Jeanne for 38 yrs) and finds his family growing, ironically all PHS Grads. Joel ‘03 and wife Brittany ‘06 and grandson, Coleson, Tony ’05, Megan ‘07 and husband Corey ’07 and grandson Nathan.
Coach Al’s two favorite quotes: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle “You are never so tall as when you stoop down to help a child.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Coach Figueroa is a graduate of William Allen High School where he was a three-year varsity member. While at Allen, he was a member of their 1994 District Runner Up team and earned Honorable Mention EPC honors his senior year. He went on to play collegiately at Oswego State University and continues to enjoy playing in adult leagues. Coach Fig has coached at various levels in the Lehigh Valley. He served as a volunteer soccer coach for the Allentown Youth Soccer Club for three years and in 2002, was the Head JV boys coach at Whitehall High School. Coach Figueroa enters his 13th year with the girl’s soccer team at Parkland High School. He spent his first five years as the Assistant JV coach and has been assisting at the Varsity level for the past five years. In 2017 Coach Fig took over the reins of the JV program as its new Head Coach but returned to the varsity sidelines in 2018. Coach Figueroa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kutztown University in 2006 and earned his M.ED from Wilkes University in 2014. Currently, he is a fourth-grade teacher in the Parkland School District and has been teaching in the district for eight years. Coach Fig and his wife Justina reside in Orefield with their daughter Julianna.
Lauren Petri, aka Peaches, is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School where she played soccer and basketball all four years. Throughout high school, she played club soccer with Parkland United/Parkland Area Soccer Club for Coach Al. She continued to play soccer collegiately at Muhlenberg College while earning Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Philosophy. Graduation in 2011 coincided with joining the staff of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (professional arena football) and transitioning to the coaching ranks at PHS. She currently serves as Game Day Coordinator/Director of Operations for the Steelhawks, and this will be her 12th season with Parkland Girls’ Soccer.