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Hello, my name is Kyle Knotek. I recently (2019) retired professional soccer player who is coming back home from abroad. I want to start off by thanking you for your time and consideration because I know how many obligations you have as a parent; whether it is with me, or anyone else, I can tell you from personal experience - that you are doing what is best for your child and I commend you for that.
I have been blessed to play this game for a living for as long as I have and I feel like it's my responsibility to provide as many young souls with some of the opportunities (and hopefully more) that I have been blessed with. It also should be noted that I have my own website for coaching and I make a private page for all of my players with videos from each session.
WHO DO I TRAIN?
I've been fortunate to train players of all ages from 6 years old all the way up to players in their twenties who were training for professional opportunities. I try to use my interpersonal skills to find what motivates / inspires them. Fortunately, I've been blessed to train numerous players during their high school years who committed to division 1 universities.
I want to make sure all players/parents get to experience my unique training style and how I can break each skill down to the littlest/detail of physiological cues (using my understanding of the body/anatomy) to more easily explain things that warrant extreme focus to detail. In addition, I've studied and the process of learning skills, honing talents, and helping players reach their fullest potential; I've done this by incorporating everything I've come across in books as well as using my own experiences.
On top of this, I have the ability to create a webpage for each of my players to include clips of them from our training sessions and reminders/homework from myself. The time I spend with my players is to introduce that proper way to do things (how to contort the ankle, how to dribble with the ball close, what to do with the plant/touch leg, etc...); my hope is that they work to solidify these proper techniques on their own time, before/after training, and obviously in training/games. That is why I like to provide my players with a video recap made by me so they have a reference/resource to review the session
I can humbly and honestly say I have never seen anyone that has the same individual coaching perspective and that provides the same tools/resources that I incorporate in my training. I have always aimed to be the best at whatever I have put my heart into and hopefully you can tell once you experience my coaching experience.
WHY DO I LOVE PERSONALLY TRAINING?
I have been offered many opportunities to coach teams and have done my share of coaching teams in the past. But, I have no doubt that I am of greatest value to my clients when I work with them on more of a personal level. I have been doing personal training for a long time and I knew this was my calling as soon as I started.
WHAT MAKES MY PERSONAL TRAINING UNIQUE BESIDES USE OF TECHNOLOGY:
Over the years I have developed/honed many drills that not only ensure that these players receive the technical/fundamental training they deserve. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE DRILLS, but it's about the explanation and coaching in those drills - there is no need for overly-complicated fancy drills when the main focus is developing skills. I have also seen numerous other personal trainers/coaches that just did drills and didn't explain (or didn't explain well enough) how the player could accomplish the task; if you don't exactly understand, but hopefully you will know what I mean after seeing one my sessions. A big goal of mine is to create long-lasting relationships with these players and see their development as players/individuals. I'm proud to sayI still hear from the parents of my first players I personally trained.
WHAT PERSONAL TRAINING HAVE I DONE?
I have spent countless hours working as a soccer-specific personal trainer with various clients. I started doing some of my work through facilitated program. I started to go on my own which has allowed me to work with my players/parents on their schedule and consistently work with the same players to develop a relationship, and also because I knew I had
I feel exceptionally fortunate to have lived such a blessed life with so many amazing people/opportunities. Therefore, it is my pleasure to pass on not only the skills/knowledge I have learned playing this beautiful game. In addition to soccer skills, I would like to pass on some of the life lessons I've picked up over the years. I specialize in breaking down shooting mechanics and helping players develop the power, accuracy, and consistency with both their strong foot and weak foot. I also have a lot of success working with players in all facets of the game including shooting, passing/distribution, dribbling/taking players on, 1v1 (defending and attacking), on and off the ball runs, reading cues of teammates, juggling, and the different types of first touches (traps). In addition, I like to work on the athleticism of the players speed/agility work. As I stated before, my strength as a soccer PT has to do with my ability to break down all technical aspects of the game. I love to speak with parents about potential strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. I have also been known to follow up with parents via email or text explaining specific tips/pointers. I also have done some extensive research on nutrition and am willing to work on/shate potential diet improvements.
I have signed numerous professional contracts both over here in the US and abroad in Europe. Before signing, I was on trial for a 2nd division team in Japan called FC GIFU. They offered me a contract, but unfortunate timing (earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis) brought me back home. Over there, I was playing in an outside midfield position. In college, I was a 2-time Academic All-American for a Division 1 program as an outside back. I am fortunate to have had/continue to have the opportunity to play in both offensive/defensive roles and to acquire valuable knowledge in both respects of the beautiful game.
My goal is to be an exemplary role model for my players, but I know the best role models my players will ever have are the ones that have been coaching them through life since the day they were born. That is why I make a conscious effort and set a specific amount of time to talk with the parents after every session.
As with almost any accomplishment, one of my strengths as a soccer-specific trainer, as well as an individual, comes from lessons I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’ve analyzed and broke down every aspect of my game. I wanted to know exactly how I was going to consistently get the best results. But I didn’t stop there, I also wanted to know why each and every one of my techniques/theories was producing the the results I wanted. Hour after hour of repetition and analysis has helped me discover the little details (that others usually don’t realize) that have proven, over and over, to be the difference between success and failure.
Out of all my beneficial skills and attributes, my optimistic/encouraging approach to coaching is what I think is most important to training players. With so much negativity in youth sports these days, I take great pride in motivating my players through positive encouragement and constructive criticism. My mission is to serve as a role model for my players and help impart all of the priceless leadership skills I have acquired from a plethora of amazing coaches/role models. After working with so many players, I have acquired the ability to identify the different personality styles and what it takes to connect to/inspire them.
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