Ben is a great coach. My son has really enjoyed every session, feels more confident, and has seen an improvement in his skills.
We had the pleasure of having Ben Scott coach our son, Malachy, in Lewisboro Soccer Club from 2009-2012. Having played at a relatively high level, I had been my son's coach up until then. We were seriously considering moving on to an Academy team, but decided to give the local travel team a go for one year, as he was about ten years old at the time. When I first met Ben, I asked him if he would consider a co-coaching format, and he said that would be fine. After watching him in action with the team for just one session, I quickly retracted the idea, and had him take over the reins of the team by himself. It was one of the best coaching decisions I've ever made! Suffice to say, that one year with Ben turned into a very positive three years of football. My son went to the next level so well prepared.
Ben Scott is one of the most dedicated and thoughtful coaches I've ever been associated with. His preparation for both training sessions and games is beyond words. Ben arrives up to 45 minutes before games and/or training sessions, and instills this philosophy of being prepared into all his squads. Getting there 10 minutes before does not work for him, but being ready to train and play does. He admonishes his players not in an embarrassing manner, but takes the player aside and gently explains why this first rule of football is so vitally important. He always gets his point across. Four years later, the boys that he coached on Lewisboro Extreme, are now starters on the John Jay Varsity squad. They are always the first at training and are never late for games. They are on the field about 30-45 early every time. Being prepared will stay with them as a lifelong lesson, hopefully on and off the football field. My son has played all four years at the Varsity level, and was captain at both Junior and Senior years. I credit Ben and his coaching for laying a solid foundation for this success. Ben has made a point of getting to a few games every single year, despite his busy coaching schedule. The boys are always delighted to see him turn up.
He realizes the limitations and strengths of each player very quickly, and builds confidence and skills across the board. He identifies leaders, and puts them in a position where they are comfortable and capable of taking charge. He supports the efforts of the whole team, and is also extremely proactive in discussing any issue with parents. While he worked with my son's team for three years in Lewisboro, the reports from all teams that he trained within the club, at a variety of age ranges, had the same positive tone. His training sessions were a mixture of skills and fun-based drills. Players rarely missed sessions, which says a lot about their loyalty to their coach. He has a perfect temperament for this age group, but I have seen him with both younger and older teams, and have been equally impressed by his approach. We won the league and were promoted to the highest division after working within Ben. We finished the final year winning the top division, and were also voted by the referees as dual winners of the league and sportsmanship award. A rare feat for any team. Ben Scott is an incredible asset for for any team or club. Our biggest mistake was not giving him a Director of Coaching position at Lewisboro, and instilling the same philosophies and skills across every age level within the club. Our loss will be someone's else's gain.