LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western University men’s soccer alum Dominic Reinold (Wesseling, Germany) will represent Germany for the second year in a row on the pitch, as he will suit up for his home country at the European Minifootball Championship in the Czech Republic June 9-17.
Reinold, who played with the TWU men’s soccer team in 2013 and 2014, will once again don his country’s colours in the six-aside outdoor game in a tournament he dominated individually last year, leading the EMF Euro 2016 in goals, with seven in five games.
The Spartan alum and his German teammates will open their EMF Euro 2017 campaign Saturday against Bulgaria at 9 a.m. (PT).
Last year, Reinold’s German side lost in the quarter-finals in penalties against eventual champion Kazakhstan.
Since graduating with a degree in human kinetics from TWU, Reinold has flourished as both a minifootball player and as a coach. Over the last two years, he started a business in Germany, coaching individuals and developing young players. Domletics is a coaching platform in which Reinold and his coaching staff work with soccer players largely between the ages of 14 and 20. Most notably, he has worked with rising star Frederic Ananou, who plays professionally in the Netherlands and recently represented Germany at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
“I absolutely love what I’m doing these days,” Reinold says. “I didn’t plan it this way, but it just sort of worked out. And I’m happy that I still get to play a bit and now I have found a good balance between being able to both coach and work.”
While injuries limited Reinold to just eight regular season games in his two years with TWU, his stint with the Spartans was transformative, for both Reinold and the team.
“Dom was one of the most talented players we have ever had play at TWU,” says Spartans coach Mike Shearon. “Unfortunately, his injuries didn’t allow him to help us on the field as much as we had hoped. But Dom brought a drive and a will to win and to be the best that you can be and in many ways he instilled that in a lot of the younger players, who are now more senior players with our current team.”
For Reinolds, who still has his Spartans jersey hanging on the wall in his home, studying and playing at TWU was an experience that helped shape his life well beyond the two-years he spent on the Langley campus.
“My time at TWU helped me grow as a person because, with the team, I was almost automatically a leader because I was older and I was experienced,” Reinold says. “I was in that role right away and that helped me to be a better coach.
“I was very pleased that Pat Rohla gave me a chance to play again and be able to finish my studies and I’m still really connected to the Spartans and remain in contact with a lot of the coaches and players.”
Two years removed from his time with TWU, his influence has continued to have an impact on the Spartans. Prior to fellow men’s soccer alum Jordan Whitehead joining the men’s soccer team’s coaching staff last year, he spent a year in Germany with Reinold, playing and coaching together – an experience that has continued to resonate with Whitehead and the Spartans.
“His friendship with Jordan Whitehead helped us a lot,” Shearon says. “Whitey and him spent a lot of time together in Germany and Whitey has come back as a better coach and a better understanding of the game.
“It’s things like that which really show how a lot of Dom Reinold’s impact on our program is completely unseen, but at the same time, incredibly valuable.”