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Jonathan O., Verona, NJ Soccer Coach

Jonathan O.

Stars United Soccer

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Jon Okafor is a professional soccer player with a deep passion for the game, here to assist the next generation of soccer players in America realize their potential. View all coaching experience

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  1. Livingston, NJ
  2. Montclair, NJ
  3. Verona, NJ

Coach is willing to travel up to 25 miles

Packages

Trial Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach Jonathan. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 minute

$100 1 session + one-time fee

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Light Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

3 session package with Coach Jonathan. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 minute

$255 3 sessions ($85/ea) + one-time fee

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Standard Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

5 session package with Coach Jonathan. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 minute

$400 5 sessions ($80/ea) + one-time fee

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Elite Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

10 session package with Coach Jonathan. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 minute

$750 10 sessions ($75/ea) + one-time fee

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Video Analysis
Online Training for a single athlete

Video Analysis of game footage with constructive feedback regarding decision making, positional understanding, and aggressive play. This is very important because I can use this to critique the sessions to the client's nee... See More

Session Length: 1 minute

$75 1 session + one-time fee

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Youth Training
In-Person Training for a single athlete

This package is for single or multiple younger athletes, ages 5-7. At this age they do not need a full hour of training but they need a strong emphasis on technical proficiency. This is geared in a way to make it fun for k... See More

Session Length: 40 minutes

$80 1 session + one-time fee

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Preseason Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

Preseason is where the athlete really prepares themselves for the vigors of the season. In this package I focus on strength and creating muscle resiliency so the athlete enters the season in prime condition.

Session Length: 1 hour

$80 1 session + one-time fee

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Winter Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

This is setup for technical work for the athlete and physical maintenance in the winter months when the weather makes training difficult. I have some agility work added into the workouts as well to keep the athlete physica... See More

Session Length: 1 hour

$80 1 session + one-time fee

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Online Training
Online Training for a single athlete

Online training is a great option for athletes all over the country who are unable to train in-person due to location or scheduling restraints. Online training with me consists of technical oversight, video analysis as wel... See More

Session Length: 1 hour

$80 1 session + one-time fee

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  • Brown University (RI)

  • 7 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Forward, Defense

  • Shooting, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Heading, First Touch, Dribbling, Crossing, Agility

Credentials

  • Brown University (RI)

  • 7 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Forward, Defense

  • Shooting, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Heading, First Touch, Dribbling, Crossing, Agility

More About Coach Jonathan

Jon has been in coaching for seven years, working with teams and individuals across America and internationally. His highlights include work with a U-15 group for a top league in Finland and volunteer coaching for the New York Red Bulls U-15 academy team. He was also a Volunteer Assistant for Brown University’s men’s soccer team. With these programs, he specialized in work with wingers and strikers on proper running techniques. In addition, he focuses on improving attacking players technical ability to create the space needed to shoot and score goals. He has trained over 15 individual Division 1 soccer players, two of whom have been drafted in the MLS Superdraft and are currently playing for Atlanta United and San Jose Earthquakes.

Jon’s last professional contract was with Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL in 2015. In 2014, he played for Arizona United in the USL and in 2013 he played for Mypa in the Veikkausliiga, the premier division in Finland. In 2012, he played for VV Desk in Holland. Playing abroad and throughout many levels in the United States gave him an advanced understanding of the game of soccer.

Jon’s professional career began when he was drafted 40th overall in the 2011 MLS Superdraft by Chivas USA. In college, he played for Brown University from 2007-2011 winning an Ivy League Championship in 2007 and appearing in the NCAA D1 tourney three times, including a Sweet 16 birth in 2010. In 2007-08, he was a member of the U-20 US National team, earning have two caps for his country.

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*** 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.

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Client Reviews

Jonathan did a wonderful job with my seven-year-old son. He was able to keep him engaged but at the same time have a good time. Most importantly Jonathan was able to have my son work on drills and techniques that I have been unable to get him to work at.

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My son was very happy with coach Johnathan and looks forward to working with him.

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Brandon my son had a really good first experience. We will continue his training with Jon, really good with kids!!!

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Jon is a really good coach who has helped improve my ball skills immensely, he offers positive reinforcement and overall mass improvement.

Coach Jonathan has been wonderful with my 9 year old son. He has been patient and kind with him. My son’s skills have progressed significantly in a very short amount of time and his confidence is so much better. I would recommend Coach Jonathan to anyone.

Jonathan is an amazing coach two days with my daughter and you can already see the improvement

We just started training with Coach Jon and my son really enjoyed it. He did a lot of interesting drills and has a great attitude and style. We look forward to more sessions.

My son has only had one session with Coach Jonathan so far but he was engaged and happy the entire time. Coach Jonathan had him practicing skills and also worked on his agility. It is not easy to work with young boys and Jonathan was a pro!!! I quickly scheduled weekly sessions because I know my son will learn and thrive under Coach Jonathan.

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Great session with coach Jon today! Did some new drills my 7 year old son who felt engaged and learned some cool stuff during the training. Thank you

My daughter Learned a lot I can’t wait to take her too the next session

Coach Jonathan was an excellent instructor for my daughter. He had her performing drills that were unique that I have never seen other soccer teams perform. I think the sessions with Coach Jonathan will definitely improve her game going forward.

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Coach Jonathan is great. In just two sessions my son has really enjoyed working with him. My son needs someone who'll keep him focused and pushes him the right amount and Coach Jonathan has the right balance. We're looking forward to more....

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Coach Jonathan provided a strong foundation with drills and conditioning.

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Great coach. Knows good drills to examine an athlete. Understands the process and what it takes to get to the next level. Also has a lot of resources.

Coach Jon has really helped my development as a player. I have trained with him individually and in group training sessions for the past 3 years and it has really helped my game. I was able to develop myself as a player and after a few good years playing for Red Bulls youth team, I now play overseas for a U-18 academy team in France.
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