Garen A., Glendale, CA Soccer Coach

Garen A.



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  1. Burbank, CA
  2. Pasadena, CA
  3. Glendale, CA

Coach is willing to travel up to 10 miles


Private Session
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 player session: $100

Session Length: 1 hour

$100 1 session + applicable fees

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  • University of California--San Diego (CA)

  • 12 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

  • Throw-Ins, Shooting, Penalty Kicks, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Heading, Goal Kicks, Free Kicks, First Touch, Dribbling, Crossing, Corner Kicks, Agility


  • University of California--San Diego (CA)

  • 12 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

  • Throw-Ins, Shooting, Penalty Kicks, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Heading, Goal Kicks, Free Kicks, First Touch, Dribbling, Crossing, Corner Kicks, Agility

More About Coach Garen

• Personal Soccer Trainer for the past 12 years. My trainees range from 5 years olds to Division 1 college athletes
• Head Coach of Boys 2003/2004/2008 at LA Surf
• Assistant Coach at Occidental College
• Head Coach at Hoover High School
• Head Trainer for the women's soccer team of Senik Arakelyan, who was recently recognized as the UEFA Best Grassroots Leader in 2017
• Head Skills Trainer at Arpa FC (UPSL)
• Head Coach at LA International FC
• Assistant Coach / Head Skills Trainer at Crescenta Valley Soccer Club
• Creator of the "Symmetrical Soccer" training system
• Hired by multiple independent club teams and high schools to run skills clinics

• Professional athlete for FC Shirak in the Armenian Premier League
• Semi-professional athlete for Arpa FC in UPSL
• UCSD Club Soccer Fall League Champions, Regional Finalists, National Semi-Finalists
• Played in friendlies against multiple pro teams in the United States, including the 7 time K-League champions, Seongnam FC, and the New York Cosmos
• Cal South club soccer for 11 years straight with various teams (Flyers, Santa Anita SC, Rampage FC, LAFC, Ventura County Fusion)
• Nationally ranked #1 in the United States with Rampage FC in 2005-2006
• High School First Team All-League Honors (11th and 12th grade)
• Dallas Cup Finalists and multiple Cal South League and League Cup Champions

My practices are detail-oriented, customized, and progressive. I evaluate each player, determine and prioritize their needs, and follow a specialized plan to achieve the goals defined.

My comprehensive training system, "Symmetrical Soccer," is a fresh, creative approach that guarantees improved ball skills, fitness, and match preparedness for boys and girls of all ages and experience levels.

What makes this training program unique is that it is specifically designed to close the skills gap between the athlete's right and left foot by working both feet symmetrically, within the sequence of the same exercise.

The system consists of groups of exercises that can be divided into four main categories:
Stationary, Lateral, Forward Moving, Restricted.

A. Stationary exercises, which are the building blocks for the entire system, are exercises where the athlete stays in a small zone while performing symmetrical drills with the ball.

B. With Lateral exercises, the movements are of course lateral, while being completely symmetrical in nature. These exercises are perfect to allow the player additional means of creating space in soccer action.

C. Then, there are Forward Moving exercises with the ball designed to support appropriate 1v1 game action.

D. Finally, exercises in Restricted spaces allow trainees additional precision in their improved ball skills.

From ball familiarity drills, to defensive drills, to passing & receiving, to shooting & finishing, I cover it all.

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Client Reviews

Coach Garen has really helped my son. The right mix of encouragement and correction when needed. Always engaged.

This is my first experience with a Trainer. I’ve been playing soccer since I was 5 and i wish I had someone who i could learn from like Garen. I booked Coach Garen for my son and he loves every training session. It took him one session to make my son confident in his dribbling and also incorporated using his weak foot and now he’s even shooting with his left foot.

I’ve noticed my son really enjoys playing more and actually looks forward to his training sessions. Coach Garen is really patient and every interaction with my sons been positive.

This experience is well worth it

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Coach Garen has been coaching my son who is 14 years old every time he has a practice you can notice the improvement on the following game coach Garen has help my son's confidence and technical skills, he's hourly rate is very reasonable, I would recommend he's services to my friends and family and to anyone who is looking for a Grate coach.

Coach Garen is great at teaching soccer fundamentals and all aspects of the game. I highly recommend him for both 1 on 1 and group/team coaching and instruction.

Coach Garen is a great coach. My son has been training with him for months now and he has already improved a lot. Coach also adjusts his training with different player based on his or her needs of development. My son is 8 years old and he has asked me if he can keep training with coach until high school. That says how much he enjoys it!!

Coach Garen has done a wonderful job training my 10 year old. He provides a great opportunity to learn specific skills and techniques that my son didn't learn in AYSO or Club Team practices.

Coach Garen, is a great coach. He is very knowledgeable and has a lot of patience with kids. My kids really like to work with him.

Coach Garen is fantastic. Connected with my 9 year old son, put him through a well thought out training, and gave him exercises to improve his skillset at home. Highly recommend.

He is very attentive to the kids needs and gives them great overall training

Really good coaching sessions and always fun to be around when training.

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I have two young kids and he was great with them. He knew how to connect with their interests and make learning soccer fun!

Excellent coach, very attuned to my child’s needs. Has a great set of drills to promote footwork.

Coach Garen is a very knowledgeable coach he location is easy to get to his practices are on point we like him he is really good

Coach Garen it s great, I would highly recommend him. He went above and beyond to coordinate with our hectic schedule. He responded promptly and professionally. After 1-2 training sessions my daughter implemented and improved her skills.

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Excellent Coach - able to work with both my daughters with different skill levels. He’s patient, knowledgeable and always prepared.

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Coach Garen was really great he was very chill and helped a lot and I would recommended him

Coach Garen was very patient with my son and made the session challenging yet fun. His experience and knowledge clearly came across. Looking forward to more sessions with him!

He was very patient and knowledgeable. My son loves him and I recommend him 100%

Coach Garen was great. My 5 year old daughter enjoyed the various drills he implemented and he made the session fun and engaging. I wasn't sure if my 5 year old would enjoy it, but she came back saying she wanted to go again.

Garen was on time and setup for the practice to begin. Very patient with my 6 year old. Seems like he’s got a lot of experience coaching. Highly recommended.

Coach Garen is fantastic. We were looking to shake up my sons workouts and Garen is definitely the right coach. My son has been training with someone else for the last two years but he’s plateaued a bit and needed to be pushed. Coach Garen not only pushed my son but worked on correcting some bad habits he’s picked up. Will definitely be training with him again.

Coach Garen is fantastic! He connected with my son immediate and started him working hard from minute one. Garen knows his stuff and it really shows in the way he instructs my son and the way he demonstrates the right and wrong of what he's teaching. As an amateur coach who's been around soccer, has coached a lot of kids and has observed other coaches train kids, I was very impressed. I highly recommend Coach Garen.

All I have to say is WOW There is private coaches and there is private coaches but coach Garen take the cake.
My kid is a 2004 Varsity and club player with a lot of experience and no how so keep that in mind and coach kept my kid entertain and engaged and did not want it to end can’t wait for the next session.
Coach Garen is Definitely a teacher of the game full of knowledge and ability to teach.

We had a session with Coach Garen. He was attentive and prepared and everything you would want in a coach. He clearly has a deep well of knowledge and his passion for the sport is obvious. Highly recommended.

Coach Garen has helped my son tremendously and we’ve been very pleased with his coaching for our 9 yr old. He is a great balance of firm but encouraging, and my son responds well to his style of coaching. Garen helped my son pinpoint areas for improvement and is constantly pushing him to be better. We would highly recommend him!

Coach Garen is very patient and knowledgeable. My kids have learned a lot from him. My kids are always excited to go to his next practice. Definitely recommend him

Excellent coach, my son had a really good time and learned quite a bit Of useful fundamental skills. Would absolutely recommend!

Garen is patient and take the time to talk and understand what my child needs . After the training my daughter felt she had learned some new drills . She can’t wait to train with him again.

Outstanding coach for kids and does a great job taken them to the next level.

Coach Garen offered well organized drills emphasizing proper ball control techniques. He was friendly but disciplined and offered good feedback. Obviously an experienced player and coach, he has the tools to help my son make both immediate and long term improvements to his game. A+!

Coach Garen was very methodical, attentive to the technical details, and had a great contact with the kid.

Coach Garen was fantastic! Great first session!
He did a great job explaining and demonstrating new skills to my son and kept him engaged. My son can’t wait for the next session!

I’m so impressed after just one training session with
Garen and my son Collin. Totally hyped to see what follows. Great fits feel natural and he is exactly what my son needs to elevate to the next level. It’s clear that his understanding of the sport and what is required for growth is bar none. LET’S GO!!!

As an adult complete beginner, Coach Garen was exactly what I needed. For every technical skill, he made sure I practiced with both my right foot and my left foot and gave me feedback on everything I was doing right or wrong, so I knew what to focus on. I wasn't sure if it was worth it to take private sessions when just starting out but it absolutely was!

Coach Garen is a wonderful trainer! I like that he focuses on fundamental skills and solidifying footwork before all else. He is incredibly patient and supportive but also firm. My daughter is looking forward to further training sessions with Coach Garen!

Coach Garen was excellent! Exactly what we were looking - he has a great eye to catch what can be fixed , highly recommended!!

Garen is a fantastic coach! He has a nice calm demeanor with our son and keeps him focused on improving the basics. From the start of each lesson he engages him with drills and follows closely along at all times. He always has a plan for the day and our son is happy and tired after each session. What more can you ask for?

Coach Garen responded quickly when I contacted him and provided my son with a very detailed training. My son was challenged and really enjoyed his training and is looking forward to the next.

Coach Garen is a very technical coach. He works hard at making sure his players not only do a skill, but do it correctly. We are looking forward to more sessions with him!

Great effective and productive training session. The coach is really with building my foundation back as I recover from my ACL surgery. Will definitely be booking more sessions with Coach Garen whose pricing is very affordable for anyone.

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Coach Garen is an excellent coach and our son is learning a lot of new skills. Coach is very knowledgable as well and teaches very well..

coach was really great and i am looking forward to training with him

Coach Garen has a very detailed teaching program for soccer that is superb. He is also a great motivational coach and instructor. My 5 year old son, after one lessons with Coach Garen, said he only wanted to take lessons from him going forward. My 8 year old son made remarkable improvements in his game after one session, and came home wanting to watch soccer all the time. Coach is very motivated and serious about training, and the kids pick up on that and enjoy it. He does not yell or scream - he uses his calm and sincere manner to get his point across effectively. Can't say enough good things about him.

Good coach...focused on fundamentals and skills. My daughter wants to continue lessons with Coach Garen.

Coach Garen’s workout was really helpful for me.He did lots of good stuffs that really helps me to build a strong ball control technique,very fundamental and useful.Coach Garen will be a good choice for all the soccer players in any level.

Coach Garen has put together an excellent program. My son and his friends truly enjoyed their coaching session with Coach Garen and had lots of fun during the time they spent with Coach Garen. He kept a very good pace during the practice and frequently communicated with the kids to make sure they understood his directions.

My 8 years old just had the first session with Coach Garen. He gave my son a training exactly he needed. We feel so lucky to find this Coach !! We will continue the session with him and really looking forward to see my son's skills improving. Thank you so much, Coach Garen!!

It only took one training session with coach garen to find out that I found the perfect trainer, he has all the tools,experience and knowledge to take me to the level where I wanna be.. Doesn’t matter if youre just getting into the sport or you’re an Ex professional player I feel that coach Garen has everything you’ll need to get where you wanna be in this sport!

I did a session with him and all I have to say is that I’m going to keep training with him. He is very professional and listening to everything and training me perfectly.

Our first session with Coach Garen was great! My daughter is a high school freshman and especially needs help with her ball skills. Coach Garen had her do a series of drills that really helped her work on her weaknesses. She felt that she learned a lot and is excited to continue with more training.

Coach Garen was terrific with my High School freshman daughter, who will be trying out for her school's soccer team. He ran her through an hour of ball skill drills, which have already helped her prepare for the upcoming season. I would highly recommend Coach Garen to anyone.

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