Featured Coach: Chris Volk of NHB Futbol Club
Our Featured Coach series continues with an interview with Chris Volk of North Huntington Beach Futbol Club.
Volk currently serves as the Director of Coaching for the club, and is also the head coach of the UC Irvine Men's Soccer team.
You can learn more about his experience in the game by visiting his North Huntington Beach page.
1. Who is/was your favorite professional player to watch, and what is it about his game that intrigues you the most?
Chris: As a youth player, I wanted to be and play like Pele. I enjoyed watching him score goals and would try to do the same on my teams.
As a teenager, I would later transition to being a goalkeeper and followed the career of Peter Schmeichel. His athleticism and intensity were qualities that I admired as a young goalkeeper. He possessed great presence in controlling his box.
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?
Chris: I try to instill confidence in players when they train and encourage them to be decisive and attack minded in their decision making. Work ethic and defensive accountability are also very important.
3. Is there a specific individual training drill that you would recommend for all youth soccer players?
Chris: I like to incorporate many training exercises that focus on both technical execution and dynamic movement on and off the ball. Emphasis is placed on the proper weight and timing of passes.
4. What gives you the most satisfaction as a coach in terms of player and team development?
Chris: Individual player development is highlighted when players have the confidence to apply their skill and ability against opponents. Team development is the product of all players performing their roles and responsibilities to achieve desired team goals and objectives.
5. What is the most influential piece of advice that you've received that's helped you throughout your career?
Chris: There is no substitute for hard work. Hard work can achieve more than talent that doesn't.