It was not easy to stand out athletically at the Schiessl house; but Curt Schiessl found a way. His parents were both accomplished athletes at Weaver High School and his brother and sisters are fine athletes as well. Curt used what he learned from his family and mentors like All American Mark Nolan, to become a Hall of Fame soccer player.
Tutored through the Windsor Locks recreation travel soccer programs on how to play soccer “Coach Sullivan style”, Curt and his teammates showed their promise early winning the 1977 Connecticut Junior Soccer Association State Cup. Curt earned a spot on the Varsity Soccer team at Windsor Locks High School during his sophomore year and was a fixture on the Central Valley Conference All Conference Team for the next three years. As a senior, Curt and his teammates had a truly remarkable season, going 15-0-1 in the regular season, while Curt won the league scoring title with 20 goals. He capped off the year being voted on to the Class L All-State Soccer Team.
After high school Curt furthered his passion playing soccer at Mitchell College in New London. During his college career, he was named to the NJCAA All- New England team for two consecutive years. During his second season at Mitchell College, Curt and his teammates made it to the NJCAA tournament bowing out in the quarter finals just shy of a trip to the final four.
Curt is married to his wife Debbie with 4 children,3 boys and one girl. Curt has been employed for over 35 years in the telecommunication industry.
Curt did not give up his passion for soccer. He coached Ellington travel and indoor soccer for 10 years. The players highlight was being able to play friendly matches under the lights thanks to Don Gilbert. Curt also was a referee for time in travel and high school soccer for a time. He could often be seen at Uconn Men’s soccer games with his brother Carl and also watched Capital soccer club.
His coaching was not just limited to soccer. He coached in the Ellington Little League for 10 years. He coached instructional, farm league, and the majors. He coached Major All-Stars for 2 years.
When not coaching he went fishing CJ on his boat and deep se fishing with his family. He also enjoys cooking, smoking meats, and woodworking.
Curt often spends time with his mom Carol talking about and watching men’s and woman’s basketball, probably Uconn. They also watched English Premier League and Bundesliga.
His family enjoys going to Rhode Island beaches and vacationing in Maine and Martha’s vineyard.
One of Curt’s best memories of his high school soccer career is when coach Sullivan was able to get us into a Thanksgiving Day tournament in Farmington after getting beat in the semi-finals by his son’s team from Suffield ending our undefeated season. They won the tournament beating Farmington, Avon, and Bristol. Coach really understood the mindset of a champion and knew what it meant not to finish a season on a loss. Curt feels more high school athletes should get involved in coaching as it was a huge influence on him.
Curt credits his success to the love and support of his parents, Carl and Carol and siblings Caren, Carl and Carrie, along with his amazing teammates.