DOC of the Week: Josh Kalkstein
Our DOC (Director of Coaching) of the Week series begins with an interview with Josh Kalkstein, the Director of Coaching at Marin FC.
Kalkstein oversees both player and coach development at the club, and has also been the head boys and girls varsity coach at Marin Academy since 1997.
You can learn more about his experience in the game by visiting his Marin FC page.
1. Who is your favorite professional player to watch, and what is it about his game that intrigues you the most?
Josh Kalkstein: Lionel Messi. His close control, his finishing and his passing are all top class. But more than that I'm constantly blown away by his reading of the game and his ability to see space and angles that no one else sees. Consistently.
2. What are the major characteristics that you try to instill in your players in order to help them strive to become a complete soccer player?
Kalkstein: There isn't any one thing. The first and foremost must have the technical ability. Secondly the must have a high level of tactical acumen. The desire to compete is paramount to any player's and or team's success. If a player/team can't push themselves then the opportunity for development is lost. But teaching players how to read the game is probably the thing I really enjoy the most. To be able to make real time decisions and to play in both this moment and the next is something I really to try instill in players.
3. Is there a specific individual training drill that you would recommend for all youth soccer players?
Kalkstein: If a player is going to work on their own then then need to spend as much time as possible on the ball. Ask any kid who their favorite player is. The overwhelming majority will name someone that is exceptionally technical.
4. What gives you the most satisfaction as a coach in terms of player and team development?
Kalkstein: There isn't one thing. I love watching players grow up as adults and become, first and foremost, good people. I also love the team building component and enjoy any team more when they love playing for each other and become a family. Lastly I would say watching and helping players achieve their goals.
5. What is the most influential piece of advice that you've received that's helped you throughout your career?
Kalkstein: Be humble. First look within. Try to grow everyday.