“As Iron Sharpens Iron,
So One Man Sharpens Another”
Our DNA and Vision
Our team will be composed of players who aspire to play at the highest possible level; players who desire to sharpen each other daily and become better men; players who choose others before themselves. Our team is composed of excellent players with strong moral character. The mission of this team is to use soccer as a vehicle for building confident and capable men, who will be equipped to go out into the world and make it a better place. The vision of this program is to become the premier high school soccer program in not just Colorado, but the Rocky Mountain Region. This is done through seeking and fostering meaningful relationships, continually holding each other to high standards both academically and athletically, and through the commitment of placing the needs of others and the team before oneself. Our goal is to compete at a high level of soccer excellence, and also to inspire our community locally through exemplary behavior, performance, and servant leadership. Lastly, our soccer ambitions will be fierce, but will always subordinate to our pursuit of robust moral character.
Coach Keever is entering into his 10th year as the Nighthawk Men’s Soccer head coach. Since founding the program in 2015, Keever has spearheaded the growth of the program with a cumulative record of 76-22-1, 3x Denver Prep League Conference Championships ('21, '22, '23), the school’s first state championship title in 2021, a repeat state title in 2022, and a state finals appearance in '2023.
In 2023, Northfield continued it's storied run of of 63-1-1 (dating back to 3/30/2021) with a 19-0 record, as the only undefeated program in Colorado up until the State Final, where they fell to Battle Mountain, a repeat of the 2022 state finals. On the year, they finished 19-1, Denver Prep League Champions, and 4A State Runners up.
In 2022, Northfield repeated their State Championship run with an impressive 17-1-1 record, and winning the 4A/3A Denver Prep League for the second year in a row, scoring 70 goals while only conceding 8. Keever was once again recognized as the CHSAA 4A State Coach of the Year, and Denver Prep League Coach of the Year.
In 2021, as Northfield’s 4th season as a varsity program, Men’s Soccer was crowned 4A/5A Denver Prep League Champions, and CHSAA 4A State Champions; this being their first ever playoff appearance. Additionally, they did it in unbeaten fashion, amassing a 20-0 record, an overall #1 ranking in the state of Colorado, and a national ranking of 43rd, scoring 89 goals and conceding only 10. Dating back to the condensed spring 2021 season (during Covid), the team finished with an overall record of 7-3; and while just missing out on playoffs, they began what turned into an unbeaten streak that extended to 39 games(3/30/21 - 10/20/22). In the fall of 2021, Coach Keever was recognized as Denver Public Schools Coach of the Year, CHSAA 4A State Coach of the Year, and the United Soccer Coaches Small Public School (2A, 3A, 4A) Colorado State Coach of the Year.
In 2019, the program just missed out on playoffs with an overall record of 8-7, and a final state ranking of 33.
In 2018, the program completed their inaugural varsity season with an overall record of 5-10.
Before joining Northfield High School, Keever served the 2014 season as the Boy’s Assistant Coach at Denver South High School, and also as an Academy Staff coach with the Colorado Rapids from 2013-2014. Prior to his time in Colorado he has spent time playing and coaching at a variety of levels, including time in the USL’s Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), PDL, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, and NAIA collegiate levels.
In the spring of 2011, Keever assumed the role of head assistant at Milligan College, an NAIA program in Johnson City, TN. While there, the Buffalos went on to enjoy their first ever 9-0 season, an NAIA national ranking in the top 25, and an overall record of 13-5.
In college, Keever was a Division I standout as an attacking midfielder and forward at Campbell University. While a player at Campbell University, he enjoyed success including one Conference Tournament Championship, two regular season championships (including 1 undefeated and untied conference record), and one NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. He was named pre-season all conference, and all-conference following his junior season, four years all-academic, dean’s list, and president’s honor roll.
A native of Trinity, North Carolina, Keever has been in Colorado since 2013. He has actively been involved in the community, and seeks to continue to see how the game can transform the lives of those it touches. He currently holds his USSF B License, USSF Youth License, NSCAA National Diploma, and Welsh FA Level II.
Alberto Vasquez Perez was born in Mexico , Mexico City. His coaching experience includes:
* Coached at Rapids Soccer Academy in various age groups, genders and levels. While in the program winning various tournaments such as Rapids Classic, Treble, foothills spring cup, Ice breaker, Real Colorado cup , Kevin Norman cup and other various tournaments.
* Coached at CASA Soccer Academy in various age groups, genders and levels
While in the program winnings various tournament such as semi finalist president cup, finalist state cup, steam boat tournament, semi finalist in mayor’s international cup x2 , cup Atlas (Mexico ), Alianza X2, and various other Tournament
* Coached at UPSL Adult league. Assist coach while winnings the United premier Soccer League.
* Coached at FC Denver U-23. Head Coach while winning Colorado Premier soccer league 2nd Division.
* Coached High School Soccer. West High School making playoffs / Northfield High School Assist Coach State Champions 4A.
ALBERTO VASQUEZ PEREZ
Sebastian North has been the assistant coach to boys varsity at Northfield since the February 2021 Spring Season. He comes to the program as a youth coach of competitive U13-U15 teams at Rapids Youth Soccer Club, where he has been employed for the past six years.
In his time coaching, Sebastian has completed his USSF E, D, and C licensing courses and has a Masters Degree in Sports Science and Soccer Pedagogy from Ohio University.
Sebastian played for Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and his youth and high school career was all based in Evergreen, CO.
Sebastian loves the game above most other things and runs a soccer podcast called Campfire Football.
Harrison Leep was born and raised in Medford, Oregon. He grew up playing soccer and used
cross country and track to train for soccer during the off-season. He played varsity soccer all
four years, leading the team to two state finals in a row junior and senior year as well as winning
Most Valuable Player in the final his junior year. During the track season, he won state in the
200m and 400m as a junior, set a school record in the 200m his senior year, and ran the 2nd
fastest time in the state of Oregon in 2012 in the 400m with a time of 48.8 seconds. He
completed his high school career winning Male Athlete of the Year along with an athletic
scholarship to run track at Western Oregon University.
Harrison studied Exercise Science and Human Biology, plus German on the side. After running
track for a year, he switched to playing club soccer, where he was captain and coach of the
team, until graduating in 2017.
Harrison worked as a personal trainer and coached a high school boys JV2 team for two
seasons as well as being the sprint coach for the track team at Churchill High School in Eugene,
Oregon. In 2019, he moved to Chantilly, Virginia where he worked and learned from Olympic
level sprint coach, Justin Kavanaugh. Under Coach Kav’s guidance, Harrison coached Nick
Mayhugh in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Nick went on to win 3 gold medals, 1
silver medal, set two world records, and an American record in the 400m.
Harrison moved to Colorado in April, 2021 and joined the Nighthawks midway through their
undefeated season as a speed and agility coach.