California Youth Soccer Coaches: Full Interview List
Football.com continues to interview numerous coaches throughout the world of youth soccer, and we have assembled the entire list of coaches from the state of California that we've talked with in our Featured Coach series.
As we continue to scour the country for tips from the top youth soccer coaches, we will add lists for other states and continue to update each list with more and more advice that will be useful for all coaches and players within the youth soccer circuit.
If you are a youth soccer coach from any state and would like to be featured in our highly-acclaimed series, send an email to blovell @ football.com for more information.
"It’s what you are willing to do when nobody is watching that separates the good from the great."
"Talent is not given, it's develop through hard work, focused practice, and passion for the sport."
"It’s no accident that the players who tend to have the most success are usually the one who wake up early and train before school, at the gym on Friday nights."
"There is a key to unlock every player to help them get to the next level, but you can’t use the same key on any player, and no matter what you always have to be fair with all of your players."
"The game can be the best teacher. Be good to the game and the game will be good to you. No one is bigger than the club."
"My advice is always just worry about the kids on your roster and the satisfaction you get when they learn and grow and become winners is a terrific feeling."
"Whether they become a professional soccer player or play in college, there is no substitute for hard work and discipline."
"Be committed to becoming the best player you can be day in and day out, and understand that with true committment comes sacrifice."
"You have to know the child, what their motivations for playing the sport are and what they enjoy outside of the game. I learned early that if I respect my kids as children first and a soccer player second they would give that little bit more."
"If the coach is confident and communicates that to his players, then in most cases, the players themselves will be confident."
"The most important thing in soccer or in life is the next thing you do. Whether it's trying to get the ball back after it's turned over or just simply making the right decision to be made next time around."
"Focus on the ones that are there with you. I spend less time recruiting and more time on player development."
"There is no substitute for hard work. Hard work can achieve more than talent that doesn't."
"The best feeling that you can get as a coach is when you can look at your players and ask them these questions: Where were we when we started and where are we right now?"
"The best piece of advice I learned is never to cut corners. Put in the work when no one else is watching and that effort is between you and yourself."
"To learn to soar as an eagle, you can't hang out with turkeys."
"My players are amazed when they see me juggle or strike a ball but it was those 10,000 hours spent trying to figure it out how it was done that led to perfection."
"The most influential piece of advice that I have learned is that the individual comes before anything. Understanding an individual’s environment such as their culture, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle allows me to interact and connect with them."
"There is beauty in simplicity. We can all get caught up in trying too hard to come up with this unbelievable training session, something nobody has ever seen and for me, that has a tendency to lead to rough sessions with players that are confused."
"Tens of thousands of players say they want to play Division 1 college or play for a national team but the percentage of players that work hard enough to achieve it and put the time in is very slim."
"Helping the super talented kids get to the next level is always great. But turning the not so super talented into real legit players that are admired for their abilities on and off the field has always been the biggest satisfaction for me as a coach."
The first is to always remain humble. You can never be above the game. Because if you are not humble, "the game" will take care of that for you.
"Whatever the situation, everything always works out for the best."
"I love watching players grow up as adults and become, first and foremost, good people."