Stern hails special reunion with Albion

Goalkeeping coach was an Albion season-ticket holder growing up.

By Charlie Hanson • 17 July 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Jack Stern is Albion's assistant first team goalkeeping coach.

Jack Stern has enjoyed a ‘special’ reunion with Albion as he begins his first full season as assistant first-team goalkeeping coach.

Having joined from Cincinnati in January, Jack works closely with Ben Roberts, as the two lead the development of Albion’s first-team goalkeepers.

“I am really enjoying it. We’re working hard, sticking to a plan, everyone is really positive about the season to come and ready to put in the work,” Stern said.

“There’s a really good culture within the group. It’s competitive but also very supportive, it’s the environment that Ben [Roberts] has created – it keeps everyone on their toes but in a really positive way.

By Charlie Hanson
The Albion goalkeeping training group before they went away on their pre-season training trip to Portugal.

“Everyone knows they have to perform every day because there’s three other goalkeepers around them who are performing and that helps push up the levels in training and in games. It’s a great environment to work in and that’s a credit to the work that Ben has put in in the last few years.”

Jack grew up an Albion season-ticket holder, before learning his trade in the West Brom academy and then moving to the MLS with Montreal and Cincinnati.

“I was away for 12 years but I found it really welcoming to come home. I knew some people from the club but I have also met lots of new people. It’s always been a special club to me, there’s a great culture here and there’s so much history. It’s great.

“I was a season-ticket holder with both my parents. We went to the Goldstone, Withdean and Gillingham a couple of times as well. Now my parents are season ticket holders at the Amex. To be here now and helping behind the scenes is amazing.”