Baltimore Blast Defender Pat Healey Returns Home As Team Relocates
In November, when the Baltimore Blast relocates to SECU Arena at Towson University, their veteran defender, Pat Healey, will have come full circle. Healey—who turns 32 in December—grew up in Bel Air, Maryland, and attended Calvert Hall High School where he racked up an impressive collection of accolades and accomplishments including leading the team to consecutive MIAA Championships in 2002 and 2003, and being named Baltimore City/County Player of the Year and Maryland State High School Player of the Year.
After high school, Healey moved across town to Towson University, where he led the Tigers to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006 and was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a senior.
The long list of achievements has only grown since Healey graduated and moved on to play professionally. During his time with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League, he was named League Rookie of the Year in 2009, two-time League Defender of the Year and a four-time All-League Player. In nine seasons with the Blast, the team has reached the finals eight times and won four championships, most recently in 2017.
According to Healey, the bond between himself and his teammates is strong and is a major part of the great success they’ve experienced.
“We work as a team, help one another and lay it all out on the field every game,” he explains. “We trust one another and put the team in front of individual achievements.”
A Family Affair
As impressive as this individual and collective success is, it was not totally unexpected. Healey comes from a family that has deep roots in soccer. His grandfather and father were talented, regionally- and nationally-recognized players, who are both in the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame. His father, Kevin, is currently the president and general manager of the Blast.
“Soccer is definitely a big part of our family,” Healey says.
He recalls that when he first became interested in the sport, his coach said he was too small to play—the other kids on the team were bigger, stronger and faster. But, his father believed in him, telling the coach not to worry, that Pat would be fine. That turned out to be something of an understatement.
Healey is proud of his father’s and grandfather’s accomplishments.
“I do my best to carry on their legacy,” he says.
Healey is married to his college sweetheart, Julie, who was an All-American lacrosse player for Towson. Together, the couple has two young children, Taylor and Cameron, who enjoy coming to the games and watching their dad do his job. It might be safe to assume that the Healey children may also be destined for athletic greatness.
“I am not the fastest player,” Healey admits. “Their mom is very fast, so hopefully they get her genes.”
Although SECU Arena, with just 4,000 seats when configured for soccer, is much smaller than the Blast’s old home at Royal Farms Arena—capacity 12,000— Healey sees a significant upside to the change of venue. Because the field is smaller, the fans will be closer to the action, creating a more intimate, exciting experience.
Plus, he says, “with the field being smaller, there is also the possibility for more shots, which means more goals!”
Having spent so much of his life playing soccer in and around Towson, Healey also sees the move to SECU as a homecoming of sorts.
“I know when I drive to the building for the first game, it’s going to be very nostalgic,” he says.
Two constants in Healy’s life have been soccer and family, and the two are clearly connected. In fact, he says that one of the reasons he loves playing for the Blast is the sense of family the team creates in the community.
“People get behind the team,” he says. “That’s what the Blast brings to the table—a great family atmosphere and a winning tradition.”
The Blast will open the 2017/18 home season on November 11, when they take on the Milwaukee Wave at SECU Arena. With his family and friends among the 4,000 fans cheering him on, chances are Pat Healey will feel right at home.