• CDO Soccer Club - Zone 1 Lead Coach/Coach educator & mentor

Coach Information

"There's nothing that says soccer cannot be competitive and enjoyable. I try to teach it a little differently - anyone can play 'soccer by numbers', where they are taught exactly where, when and how to do something. That structure has a role to play in development, but improvisation, vision, creativity and a willingness to experiment are more important for young players in their long term development than being remote controlled by their coach in order to try and win!"

Coaching principles

  • Respect the game - youth soccer is about enjoyment and improvement, not win at all costs
  • Provide freedom to make mistakes and learn from them
  • Instill a game like training ethic, increasing the demands as the game gets faster and more physical
  • Love to play for your club, your team, your teammates and yourself!

Steve has had experience at all levels of soccer, starting as a youth development coach for Newcastle United Football Club, including talent identification for the football in the community scheme & after schools program - other information is listed below.

  • National Youth Development Officer for the British Virgin Islands Football Association, acting Technical Director for the association responsible for grassroots soccer development in the country.
  • Co-author of the Major League Soccer Camps age appropriate coaching curriculum, a resource that has been used by thousands of youth coaches at hundreds of clubs across the US; former staff instructor and MLSC national coach of the year.
  • Previous experience as National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) state technical coordinator for Arizona, providing coach education clinics on behalf of NSCAA in the state.
  • Work with the Arizona's Olympic Development Program, specifically the YOP program working with advanced youth players.
  • Lead coach in Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) "Kickin it after school" community outreach soccer program, working with players in title I school districts to provide access to sport and exercise in low income areas.
  • CDO Director of Coaching from 2005-2017, mentoring over 100 coaches and assisting them in preparation for coach licensing. Creator of CDO's online coach education portal and ongoing project with The Coaching Manual to provide season plans for coaches at all levels
  • One of only eleven candidates nationally to graduate the inaugural NSCAA Master Coach Diploma, an 18 month long coaching course and the pinnacle of the NSCAA coach education program.
  • Coach/trainer of five State President's Cup winning teams since 2011.
  • In November 2016, Steve taught the first ever NSCAA coaching course in Asia, a Special Topics Diploma in Thalang, Thailand. Teaching local coaches with the aid of a translator, he also ran clinics for boys and girls at Youth Football Home, an orphanage and home for underprivileged children. In the summer of 2017, Steve ran coaching clinics at the Jodie O'Shea Orphanage in Denpasar, Indonesia.

Training & Education

  • League Managers Association (LMA) School of Football Management
  • NSCAA Master Coach Diploma
  • NSCAA Premier License 
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma
  • UEFA Coaching License/Award
  • World Football Academy CPD - Youth Football Periodization
  • English Football Association CPD - Behavioral Management
  • English Football Association CPD - Counter Attacking
  • FIFA Youth Development Workshop (observer)

Professional development in coaching (in person education with professional coaching staff)

Chelsea FC Youth Academy (boys & girls)

Chelsea Ladies (1st team)

Newcastle United FC (men's and women's 1st teams)

Paris Saint Germain @ Bali United (Indonesia)

RSC Anderlecht Academy (Belgium)

Feyenoord Academy (@ Varkenoord - Netherlands)

English Football Association - Regional Development Center (south-east)

Singapore Football Association

The David Beckham Academy 

Los Angeles Galaxy (1st team)

Los Angeles Sol (1st team)

Chivas USA (1st team)

Sporting Kansas City (1st team)

Sporting Kansas City Academy

San Jose Earthquakes (1st team)

New England Revolution (1st team)

Real Salt Lake (1st team)