- U9-U19 Director of Coaching (DOC)
- Player Development Pathway (PDP) Coaching Director (U4-U8)
- U15 (2006) Boys Head Coach
- U18 (2003) Boys Head Coach
For many years, success in youth soccer has been measured by wins and losses, but are we giving our players the best opportunity to improve if we push them to win at all costs?
It is always difficult to watch those teams that do not focus on player development. We have all seen the team that leaves the same player in goal for the whole game; a team that puts their best/strongest/quickest player at forward, but does not let them play anywhere else or anyone else play at forward; even worse, a team leaves their weaker players on the bench for longer periods than other players. All this just so the coach can ensure their team wins.
So what the above says is more to do with the coach and, unfortunately sometimes, parents wanting to win more than the players. As long as the players are having fun at practice and in games, they will want to come back and play whether they win or not. If the players are being encouraged, told when they are doing things well, and taught where they can improve, then they will learn as they go. For every great coach that a player works with, they will still learn just as much by playing. There is a famous phrase that simply says - 'the game is the greatest teacher'
The biggest part of my philosophy is simple –
Fun is pivotal - if it's not fun, young players won't play any sport.
From here we can break it down
- Skill development is a crucial component of fun - it is more important than winning. Even amongst the best athletes, learning that all important trick or move and then being able to do it again and again until it is perfected.
- The biggest rewards of soccer are those that lead to self-knowledge - when you see a young player realize what to do next, when to use that skill, or learn from a mistake.
- Imparting a style of play and a belief that hard work is necessary is also part of my coaching philosophy. By learning that hard work is important we can help set up these young players for success in life because after all, we are also trying to develop responsible young women men. This is not just about soccer…
- And finally, as a coach you must be able to take a step back and remember this is a game, and even more than that it is a game played by children.
- Be a role model – if you want to work with kids and be successful you have to act and behave in the correct manor. A huge part of that is fidelity, you must be there for the players, not just some of the time but all of the time. You are more than just a coach to them and you have to remember that.
- Always learn, players, coaches and parents alike can and should always be learning from each other – no one individual knows everything and someone else will always have something valuable to share.
- Work hard, train hard, play hard and no matter what you will achieve success
- Moved to the US in 2009 after coaching in the UK for almost 5 years having spent over 2 years travelling and gaining knowledge by working and volunteering with teams in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand.
- Worked for the New York Red Bulls and coached in their Regional Development pre academy for 4 years as well as working with Westfield Soccer association club teams and in town kids programs.
- Coached in South Florida at Team Boca coaching U10 and U15 Girls through FYSL and State Cup Competitions
- Returned to New Jersey and for 5 years coached helping developing town academies and teams throughout central New Jersey. Also volunteering to coach under privileged players in the Newark Metropolitan area.
Training and Education
- UEFA B License
- FA Level 2
- FA Level 1
- USSF B License
- TOPS Certification
- NSCAA Goalkeeper level 1
- NSCAA Goalkeeper level 2