*** How do you construct training plans for your players?
A detailed session plan will be made after getting an understanding of the player's level. Each player has different strengths and weaknesses and for me to come up with a general session plan without that personalized knowledge would be an oversimplification of a complex process.
*** What might a typical training session with your program look like?
From the data I have compiled from running numerous sessions, I can confidently say that most individual sessions will have a heavy emphasis on technique. Most players in America do not have an understanding of the importance of technical skills. Therefore, we will start the session with a tidy warm-up consisting of a dynamic warm-up with ladders for agility and quick changes of direction to fire up the muscles for an intense session. Next, we will work on tight ball control simulated by dribbling around cones in close proximity. I will make sure the client's head is not on the ground but facing up so that he can see defenders if it was a game or full team training. Next we will work on ball control and trapping and passing the ball. I will make grids with the cones so he/she can notice if their pass is errant very clearly. I will assess the client's weaknesses and strengths and work on what they need accordingly going forward. Improving your skills in the game of soccer is a delicate process and within that process we must hold each other accountable. I am to make this process streamlined, individually driven, and intense, with minor adjustments along the way.
*** How does your professional experience translate into your coaching?
I myself became a pro before truly mastering the technical skills required to truly be efficient as a player. If however, the player struggles in the tactical, mental or physical side of the game, which along with technical aspect are the 4 corners of soccer athlete development, I will implement a different training structure.
My understanding of the intensity and concentration needed to play soccer at a high level helps me to connect with players in a way that others who have less playing experience cannot. There is often a disconnect between the player and coach and my professional experience helps to bridge that gap.
*** Is there anything you offer players beyond technical and tactical training?
Well, I am also a Mental Skills Consultant. In this regard, my goal is to help my clients build the mental capacity needed to be successful in any activity they decide to take on. The mental side is an aspect of sports that is unfortunately disregarded. So, in addition to technical work, our sessions can be engineered to focus on goal-setting, relaxation techniques, positive affirmation, performance routines and guidelines, concentration practices, focus, fear mitigation, emotional regulation and the mental side of injury recovery.
*** Seems like a lot to work with, can that be intimidating for players?
At first, yes, but only because that is a side of the game many players are not taught, it is something they either figure they have or don’t have. Once they begin to work through these areas in our training sessions, they realize that the mind is set for just as much growth, if not more, than the body!
*** What is something you get enjoyment out of in these individual training sessions?
These sessions are enjoyable for a number of reasons. I get to watch the next generation of Americans play the game and help them get to a higher level than I did. I love the game and the thought of giving players a level of understanding that I did not have until adulthood excites me.
Also, I am a goal-oriented individual, so setting and achieving goals really makes me tick. Watching another put in the work to achieve their goal is its own reward. These individual sessions give me a front row seat and an opportunity to help orchestrate a wonderful story of achievement.