I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with additional information about myself and more importantly to articulate my coaching philosophy relating to the game of soccer and in many ways life in general. I believe that the past five years of coaching at the collegiate level and the previous eighteen years of playing at various levels, and throughout different regions of the world has provided me with insight that will not only allow me to help create better soccer players, but more importantly, assist each player's personal growth and development.
First and foremost academics are the most important aspect of student-athletes collegiate experience. An athlete may love soccer, they may even have aspirations of playing professionally, however an athlete must prepare themselves for other aspects of life. An emphasis on education and the pursuit of academic success will assist student-athletes by allowing them to learn time management, develop sound study skills, problem solve, and prioritize. I am keen to offer my student-athletes as much support as they need. I will be asked act as a career counselor, academic advisor, foster-parent, and sounding board. That being said, I require academic success as a prerequisite to athletic opportunity. A student-athlete must succeed in the classroom to see the field. Our program goal is a 3.0 cumulative GPA. I believe that if I make it a priority for our athletes, then they are more likely to be successful.
I demand my team to remember they are representing the college, teammates, family and the soccer program both on and off the field. Playing soccer at the collegiate level is a privilege and I expect my team to understand this and act accordingly at all times. That being said I do I believe that when on the field a player should be provided the opportunity to express their own creativity and not be afraid to take control of a situation. In using what they have been taught on the practice field a player should feel comfortable making decisions regardless how it may turn out knowing that will be held accountable. Playing this way will allow for the chance for the spectacular or flash of creative flair that makes the game of soccer so special. Therefore, I try to provide my players with situational recommendations, but insist that they make decisions. In my opinion the only bad decision is a non-decision
As a coach it behooves me to analyze their results and provide feedback, both positive and negative, and to assist the squad in learning from their past experiences so that in the future they might make the best decisions available to them. It is our goal to produce a student-athlete the can be held accountable for the actions and decisions one makes - to reap the accolades or accept the criticisms.
I believe competition must be the foundation upon which the program’s mental and physical training is based. As a team, we will compete in everything that we do. Every fitness activity and every small-sided match are charted, every goal noted, every win-loss-tie recorded. I want our athletes to train in an environment that is demanding - an environment that replicates the game. Games are competitive, practice must be as well. Players must always remember that practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
A team is a collection of individuals, but for a program to be successful it must be much more than that. A successful team is a group of individuals driven by a common goal. Our ultimate goal as a program is to achieve CONSISTENT EXCELLENCE! To be successful on the field, in the classroom and as positive contributing members of society.
I believe this is a solid foundation upon which to shape and mold a program to a level of national prominence. We are not yet there, but our rise is imminent, providing we maintain our focus on the things we can control:
A standard of academic success
A belief in personal responsibility and decision making
An acceptance of the idea that competition will maximize individual and team potential
The pursuit for CONSISTENT EXCELLENCE