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Welcome our new Director & Assistant Director of Coaching!

By Cutters Soccer Club, 05/21/24, 12:00PM EDT



Cutters Soccer Club is happy to announce that Seve Hirst will be starting as the club’s Director of Coaching and Player Development on July 1, 2024.

A native of Blackpool in England, Hirst graduated from Lancaster University (St. Martins College) in Lancashire, England in 2007 with an honors degree in Coaching and Sport Performance. In 2003 he started coaching at the grass-roots level in England after he attained the English Football Association Level 1 coaching qualification. At University, he also got his Level 1 coaching badge in field hockey, basketball and cricket, and then in 2006 he got his FA Level 2. In America, Hirst has gained his USC [NSCAA] Premier Diploma in 2013 and USSF B license in 2021.

During his coaching career in America over the last 16 years, Hirst has coached at the youth level for MLS Camps, Mass Premier Soccer, NEFC, Boston Breakers Academy, STA and Princeton Soccer Academy.  Currently with STA, a soccer club in New Jersey, Seve is a head coach with the U17 Girls Academy team and has been an assistant coach in the WPSL [Jersey Blues FC in 2013 and STA in 2021].  Hirst worked as the Director of Marketing and Design for the ex NWSL franchise, the Boston Breakers, from 2014-2018, and also coached teams in their Academy that competed in the NPL and Girls Development Academy.

Hirst has just left Seton Hall University, where he was a volunteer women’s soccer assistant coach for 2 seasons. During the 2022 fall season, Hirst helped Seton Hall women’s soccer achieve the most points in the Big East since 2013 and the 6 shutouts were the 2nd most in a single season in program history. In the 2023 fall season, the Pirates achieved the most points in the Big East since 2011, most goals in a season since 2011, tied 2nd for the most wins since 2012, and had 2 draws against ranked teams for the first time ever. Hirst also coached the Big East 2023 Goal Scoring Champion and the Big East 2023 Offensive Player of the Year. Seve has also been a volunteer assistant coach for Fairleigh Dickinson’s University men’s soccer and both Northeastern University and the College of Holy Cross women’s soccer. While at Northeastern, Hirst helped lead the Huskies to the 2017 CAA Tournament finals and the 2016 CAA regular season and tournament championships. With Hirst on staff, Holy Cross went 10-5-3 in 2014, the most wins for the program in 20 years at the time.

Hirst will be moving to Bloomington this summer with his wife, Codi, and their child, Winnie, who will turn 2 later this year.  Please join us in welcoming Seve and his family to Bloomington. Go Cutters!

Basten Brings Extensive Experience to Cutters SC

Emily Basten joins Cutters SC after six seasons building a strong foundation with the Indiana University Women's Soccer program. During her first season, she played a pivotal role in guiding the Hoosiers to their most successful season ever, tying the program record with a 6-5-1 record. In 2022, Basten's dedication was rewarded with a promotion from assistant coach to recruiting coordinator.

Basten's experience with the Hoosiers goes beyond her 2022 promotion. Throughout her tenure, Basten's responsibilities extended far beyond on-field training. She spearheaded the team's strategic talent identification and recruiting efforts and served as a crucial point of contact for various Indiana University Women's Soccer departments. She oversaw vital areas including travel, marketing, sports performance, eligibility and compliance, and leadership development.

While working with the Hoosiers, she concurrently earned a Master's Degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She's no stranger to Indiana University, having transferred from Central Michigan for her senior season in 2015. As a Hoosier defender, Basten played every game. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, she spent a year with the IU Varsity Club as the Annual Giving and Stewardship Coordinator. Currently, Basten sits as the Director of Special Projects and Administration at Solution Tree.

Basten's dedication to soccer extends beyond the collegiate level. A longtime member of the Bloomington community, she began volunteering with Cutters in 2015. Her passion for the sport led her to coaching roles with both Cutters SC and, most recently, Alliance Fire FC's girls' team. Witnessing Alliance players continue their soccer journeys after college is a testament to Basten's coaching philosophy, which prioritizes fostering a lifelong love for the game and its positive impact on young athletes.