Hometown: Bourbonnais, Illinois
Currently resides in: Downs, Illinois
College: University of Missouri - Rolla
Coaching License: E License
Playing Experience: I began playing soccer when I was 5 years old with local soccer clubs in my area. I played high school soccer at BBCHS where I was a Varsity player for 3 years. In College, I actually played rugby for the school, but played in the recreational soccer league all 4 years. After college I continued to play in recreational indoor soccer for 3 years
My positions were defense and midfield.
Like most about soccer: Creativity. All players a taught a tool box of technical skills and tactics, but really what they do with them in the moment makes the sport truly the beautiful game. The ability to improvise within a situation I believe transcends the sport.
Favorite Soccer Player: Michael Ballack. While playing for several clubs, I really enjoyed his world cup performances with Germany. My opinion he was a complete midfielder with great offensive vision and tremendous defensive ability.
Coaching Philosophy: My goal is to provide a safe, fun environment where all players are given an opportunity to develop technical skills and learn tactics. I focus on player centered training to teamwork within a competitive environment. For younger age players
The main focus of each practice will be to have each player to have as many touches of the ball as possible. I believe by having the player learn the skill by doing is more effective at this age then through demonstration only, which is more effective at older ages.
I also encourage goal setting for each player and have them focus on celebrating the incremental improvements over the ultimate goal. This encourages a determination to achieve and get better and hopefully prevents burning out. After all, we are here to have fun and enjoy this beautiful game.
Other Information: This is my first year of coaching soccer and I look forward to working with the club, parents, and players to have a successful season.