Featured Coach: Louie Borja of Freedom FC
Our Featured Coach series continues with an interview with Louie Borja of Freedom Futbol Club.
Borja currently serves as the club's Director of Coaching and head coach for the G97 and G01 teams. He also has several years of professional playing experience.
You can learn more about his experience in the sport by visiting the Freedom FC coaches page.
1. Who is your favorite professional player to watch, and what is it about his game that intrigues you the most?
Louie: One of the players that I truly enjoy watching is Andres Iniesta. I enjoy watching his complete vision of the game, his unselfishness, and his hard work ethic.
I love the way he finds the smallest gaps in the defense and makes the possession game seem so simple and effortless.
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?
Louie: When it comes to characteristics there are a few that come to mind, but the one that would be at the top of my list would be committment. Be committed to becoming the best player you can be day in and day out, and understand that with true committment comes sacrifice.
3. Is there a specific individual training drill that you would recommend for all youth soccer players?
Louie: This may sound cliche, but I remember when I was growing up, my dad would take me to the local school and we would kick the ball against the wall for hours on end.
It helps with trapping, passing and receiving with different surfaces.
4. What gives you the most satisfaction as a coach in terms of player and team development?
Louie: The thing that gives me most satisfaction is watching athletes grow not only on the pitch, but off it as well. In this game we love so much, not only do we learn how to play soccer, but we learn everyday life lessons like respect, teamwork, professionalism, sacrifice and commitment.
To watch our young athletes grow as players and as human beings is amazing.
5. What is the most influential piece of advice that you've received that's helped you throughout your career?
Louie: Be humble and never get complacent. Never stop learning and growing, and continue to be a student of the game.
The game is continously evolving and changing, so the minute you think you know it all, you're going to be left behind.