John Hollinger, Fairfax, VA Soccer Coach

John Hollinger



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26 year old professional goalkeeper with playing experience in Europe (Sweden and N. Ireland). Former D1 college GK. I help goalkeepers of all levels transform their game View all coaching experience

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1 session package with Coach John. 60 minute session length. After session will see if we're a good fit to continue working together. Advice based on my experience as a 26 year old goalkeeper with professional playing ex... See More

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$95 1 session + one-time fee

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  • Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Goalkeeper

  • Penalty Kicks, Shooting, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Goal Kicks, Free Kicks, First Touch, Crossing, Agility


  • Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Goalkeeper

  • Penalty Kicks, Shooting, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Goal Kicks, Free Kicks, First Touch, Crossing, Agility

More About Coach John

-Specialize in individual and group goalkeeper training.
-Level I & II NSCAA Goalkeeping coaching diplomas.
- Have coached Goalkeeper camps and academies
- I work with various ages, ranging approx 8-19.
-I am flexible and open to accommodate to requests of my trainees. From my coaching experience I always look to not just help you improve as a soccer player - but as a person too.

-2+ years playing overseas.
- Starting GK for Lisburn Rangers (Northern Ireland) in 2020.
-Played in Malmö, Sweden for 2019 season as the starting GK for 20 League matches + Swedish Cup Qualification (2019)
-Played in Sweden with IFK Åmål - helping the club earn promotion after winning the League as the starting GK (2018)
-Palm Beach Atlantic University as goalkeeper (2017)
-NCAA D1 Canisius College in Buffalo, NY (2013-16)
-Trained at the professional level (MLS, USL, and abroad)

For younger ages and beginner goalkeepers:
- Basic fundamentals on goalkeeper techniques (learning & identifying correct techniques and eliminating bad technique)
- Catching, positioning, diving, body-shape, shot stopping. Repitition of basic goalkeeper technique is key. Adding in tactical and fun games as well to help the goalkeeper think and put them in game-like situations.

Higher level/advanced -- Focus on physical, tactical, and technical sessions. Physical goalkeeper sessions will include high intense cones, hurdles and ladder work leading up to making a save with lots of repetitions. Technical sessions will focus on repeating the fundamentals at a more advanced level. Can we train the GK to catch shots that are coming in faster than what they are use to seeing? And can we make harder shots easier for them to handle? Technical sessions will include lots of touches on the ball -whether that’s making saves or distributing with their feet.
Tactical elements will include decesion making. This can include deciding which way to distribute (short vs. long) after making a save or receiving a back pass. Colors and numbers can also be incorporated. (i.e. Green = Left, red = right). Also 1v1 breakaways is key on tactics. When should the keeper come out? How early? This all depends on the situation that the goalkeeper is put into in training and my hopes is to make it as game realistic as possible so that when the games do come you will be prepared with no surprises.

have a passion for the Goalkeeper position and love to teach what I've learned as a player and coach to the next generation! Not just as a player - but also as a person!

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My son looks forward to his GK sessions with John. We initially sought out John to prepare for tryouts. My son found him so helpful he wanted to continue with 8 more sessions over the summer. My son feels John has really helped him to improve.

Coach John has been great with my 8 year old beginner keeper! Very patient and constructive.

John has coached my son Adam, an elite U16 player, for over a year. His knowledge of the game and the position of goalkeeper are outstanding. He got to know Adam's skill level and adapted his training to challenge him and make him a better player. John also instilled confidence in Adam with his positive and calm demeanor, and it shows in Adam's play in games. I highly recommend John for any level of player.

John is an outstanding goalkeeper coach who has worked with my stepson. He knows the game very well and tailors his training to a player's skill level while pushing him to improve. I highly recommend John for players from beginner to elite and college level. He's that good!

Coach John is fantastic! He brings a positive, calm demeanor and patiently works with our 11 yr. old goalie to develop and improve his keeper (and general soccer) skills. Highly recommended to anyone looking to improve their game!

Coach John was fantastic with our 15 year old, Division 1 goalkeeper. Not only is he a professional goalkeeper, but he is an excellent teacher. He just got picked up to play more professional soccer in Europe but I highly recommend him if you ever have the chance!

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Good coach - works in areas you want to work. Knows his stuff, good communication.

Coach John consistent sessions have helped me improved with my goal keeping. The sessions have been flexible and he is able to come closer to my area to train or meet in the middle. I am looking forward to more training with Coach John.

John has been great with our son. He is paitent and works on the small details to ensure he gets the skills right. I would recommend him to any parent searching for goalkeeping training.

Great keeper coach, has great skills with the ball and an amazing attitude for teaching.

Thank, you coach John! Your ability to show each technique and then put into practice was very beneficial. Much success in your professional athlete career!

Fantastic! Responsive! Really knows his stuff and has been great to work with.

A FORMAL THANK YOU: Coach Johnny. Thanks for your focus on ball-touches. My footwork is light-years above from what it was just two and 1/2 weeks ago. And it's all from your training sessions. I'm adding more training sessions.
REVIEW: Coach John, who I like to refer to as Coach Johnny "Sweden" - because he just got done a season playing division 3 Pro Football in Sweden (for which his team went up to Division 2 now) - is a footwork specialist. He's a goalie on the team, and is a modern-day keeper because his footwork skills are freakin' strong. And so I'm improving (sometimes by just watching the accuracy which he demonstrates in his own ball-passes/cuts/receiving) so steadily, having only done 4 training sessions with him so far.

John has just started working with my son and so far he has been so engaging with him and has come up with multiple games and drills to improve his skills. My son has been very excited and enjoyed the experience thus far!

Stay as close as you can with John. He will give you his all.
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