To whom it may concern,
I have known Don Villela for more than 15 years since our children were around the same ages and grew up together in Benicia. He was always involved with his children. Don also coached soccer in the Benicia Youth Soccer League (BYSL) for many years and coached different age groups. Don has a very good reputation and is very knowledgeable and compassionate as a coach.
He was involved in many volunteer activities as a BYSL board member, BYSL tournament coordinator, and BYSL referee coordinator. He dedicated himself to developing the youth soccer for our community. He persoanlly looked at each player's ability and capability. He would even take his free time to help our young soccer players and support them even if the player wasn't on his team. My daughter Michelle was one of those players. Don always believed in Michelle and helped Michelle join the ECNL team during her high school senior year so that she could become an attractive candidate and recruited by college soccer teams.
Besides being a wonderful soccer coach, Don is a very caring father of 2 children. Even in his busy schedule, he is currently taking care of his grandmother who has been ill the last couple of years. This is a testament of Don's character. I am sure he will be a great addition to your organization. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Mika Li, CCRN
Day Shift Assistant Manager
Intensive Care Unit
Kaiser Walnut Creek
I have known Coach Villella for the past two years. During this time Coach Villella has coached my child’s U10 and U11 soccer seasons. I have witnessed my child’s level of play advanced far beyond my expectations. Coach Villella always encouraged and thrived to advance my child’s skill and level of play to meet or exceed the demands of the team.
Coach Villella was very trustworthy, always reliable, and was flexible with his schedule. Coach Villella had a strong dedication to the teaching and developing my child. I was very impressed with Coach Villella’s organizational skills that kept a constant line of communication with me as well as status reports, lessons, and my child’s progress. My child far exceeded my expectations as a direct result of the involvement of Coach Villella.
Coach Villella developed my child’s social skills through team communication and sportsmanship. Coach Villella always went far above and beyond my expectations, sometimes providing learning tools at his own expense. Coach Villella always had new ideas for learning development which maintained my child’s skill development and challenged her at the same time.
My child was always excited and eager to go to Coach Villella’s practices as well as extra training sessions for skill development. The relationship between Coach Villella and my child has always been and remains to be a positive one.
When talking with Coach Villella, he always communicated clearly and kept an open door policy. Coach Villella had a strong knowledge base of child development and soccer, which directly benefitted my child.
Coach Villella’s work ethic and desire to better those entrusted to him are some of his strongest attributes. I would strongly endorse Coach Villella as my selection for the task of soccer development.
Our children are our most precious possessions, so it is with careful consideration as to who I would choose to entrust them with. With my profession in law enforcement and my understanding of the importance of education and role models, I would like to close by saying that I strongly believe that Coach Villella would be successful with whatever he does, and would be an asset to your organization.
To Whom It May Concern:
It is an honor to write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Coach Don Villella and the position of State ODP Assistant Head Coach. I highly recommend Don for this position because it will allow him to share his coaching experiences with coaches and players in the current program.
His Coaching experiences:
• 10 ODP District 4 –’96 Boys Head Coach
• 09 ODP District 4 -‘95 Boys Head Coach
• 09 Head Coach Class 1 Benicia Arsenal U15G D1
• 08 Head Coach Class 1 Benicia Arsenal U14G D1
• 08 Assistant Coach Class 1 Diablo FC U11B D1
• 07 Head Coach Class 1 Benicia Arsenal U13G D1
• 07 Assistant Coach Varsity, Miramontes High school( Head Coach Jaimy McLaughlin)
• 03-06 Head Coach, Assistant Coach, D1 Benicia Arsenal girls & Boys, U-12D1 – U-10D1
Don is professional, articulate and genuinely interested in learning as well as educating.
Even more important, to me, was/is his concern to get-the-job done right. Don was one of a few coaches on the instructional staff who, when given an assignment, would be back-in-touch immediately with either questions or comments. His follow-up was impeccable with great detail and all-bases covered. I was and continue to be impressed by his professional approach to every situation that we have worked on.
So, it is with my great pleasure that I recommend Don Villella as an asset to the Olympic Development Program. He knows and understands the game and what it takes to build a winning program. Don’s experience, education, confidence serve him well and he will serve the ODP as well..!
September 27, 2012
Attn: Soccer Organizations
RE: Don Villella
To whom it may concern,
In the time I have known Don he has exhibited a high level of coaching competence, with
a personal commitment to coaching excellence. He is personally committed to the
continuous development of his own coaching skills, and regularly collaborates with other
coaches to reach that end. He achieves and maintains excellence on the field,
emphasizing not only the development of his players’ physical skills but also their mental
Don is particularly focused on maintaining a healthy and safe playing environment for
kids to thrive and learn the sport of soccer.
His coaching focus places emphasis on intrinsic rewards, and he is not solely focused on
winning at all costs. He prioritizes teaching ball mastery skills and the overall
development of the player. He fosters success through positive feedback, and values
teamwork and consistently provides verbal support to players.
What we learn on the field is very important for what kids will carry with them in life.
Don demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the well-being and development of his
athletes off the field. He shows concern for each athlete as a whole person and values
their emotional, physical and intellectual development. He understands and embraces his
role as a mentor and a role model. He respects the rights, dignity and worth of every
player and treats everyone equally regardless of background or ability.
Overall Don honors and respects the game of soccer, and upholds the spirit of the game.
His coaching is entirely influenced by letter of the rules of the game. He displays respect
for all opponents, officials, and opposing players. He will always instill in youth and
parents alike a love for the great game of soccer.
It is with my great pleasure that I recommend Don Villella as an asset to a Soccer
organization of any kind, whether it is at the club level, high school or collegiate level.
He knows and understands the game and what it takes to build a winning program.
Wimbledon FC - FA Premier League(8 years, including 1 year as Football Development Officer)
CYSA District 4 ODP Coordinator (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Castro Valley Director of Coaching (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Moreau Catholic High School Girls Varsity Head Coach (2007/2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
NSCAA Master Coach Diploma, NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF B License, NSCAA Advanced National
Diploma, UEFA B License, English FA Coaching License(C License), NSCAA Director of Coaching