Mark H., Royal Oak, MI Soccer Coach

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Restarting in March. Please only contact if you can make training in Royal Oak area. 90+ reviews! Top 25 ranked coach nationally on CoachUp! 19 yrs experience coaching travel. View all coaching experience

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1 Player - 4 Sessions
In-Person Training for a single athlete

Intro package - 4 session for 1 player with Coach Mark. Outdoors only.

Session Length: 1 hour

$235 4 sessions ($59/ea) + applicable fees

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1 Player - 6 Sessions
In-Person Training for a single athlete

6 session package for 1 player with Coach Mark. Outdoors only.

Session Length: 1 hour

$340 6 sessions ($57/ea) + applicable fees

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2 Players - 4 Sessions
In-Person Training for up to 2 athletes

4 sessions for 2 players. Outdoors only - please message me to confirm the pair of players before booking!

Session Length: 1 hour

$295 4 sessions ($74/ea) + applicable fees

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3 players - 4 sessions
In-Person Training for up to 3 athletes

4 sessions for 3 players. Outdoors only - please message me to confirm the pair of players before booking!

Session Length: 1 hour

$360 4 sessions ($90/ea) + applicable fees

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  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (MI)

  • 19 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Forward, Defense

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


  • University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (MI)

  • 19 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Forward, Defense

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

More About Coach Mark

Pls only contact if you can make it to Royal Oak for training sessions!

Hello! I am looking to help motivated soccer players with a focus of 12 years old (U13) and younger! Small groups of 2-4 players are encouraged so if you are looking for training and can bring a friend it's that much more fun for the kids! Contact me if you have >2 players. I don't train High School ages unless it's a small group.

Please send me a message BEFORE your first booking so we can discuss specific dates/times, and what city you are coming from, so we can make sure to successfully connect! Some soccer history / background on the player is very helpful.

** Note I cannot exchange contact information until you book sessions, per CoachUp policy! Thanks.

ABOUT ME: I have 19 years experience coaching club ("travel") soccer, and 9 years private training.

COACHUP PACKAGES: During the WARM months (Apr-Nov) I offer solo and group training. If there are more than 2 players contact me so I can create a custom package for you. If you have a larger group (5+ players), send me a message as well.

SESSION FORMAT: Click on the "session plan" tab for details but a typical session will focus on on all the core skills of soccer: improving first touch, dribbling - turning - passing - shooting skills, using both feet, etc. We'll add more layers to that for more advanced players.

I played club soccer for most of my youth, thru high school. I've coached travel teams at all levels over the years from entry level to high end leagues. I also coached 2 years of high school soccer.

Unless the player has a very specific request on items to work on, the first session with a new player will usually focus on footskills, dribbling, passing / receiving -- which allows me to assess the player's strengths & weaknesses, while I'm teaching. Future sessions will then usually focus on 1-2 core skills i.e. a topic of the day or two topics. In general the typical youth player needs improvement in ALL parts of their game, so we'll work on a broad set of skills over time (see below for ideas).

I focus a lot on footskills, dribbling, developing very good first touch (receiving) on balls both on the ground and from the air, accurate passing, and improving confidence on the ball - these are essential building blocks for the individual soccer player. One of my main strengths as a trainer is to fix technique issues - whether that be in first touch, shooting form, more efficient dribbling, turning etc. I train both the left and right foot so a player can eventually have competence at both, and start from the basics if necessary (retrain incorrect form to good form). Then we will layer on next level items such as shooting, turns, feints, etc.

I run a fast pace session which would be equivalent to >1 travel team practice in terms of volume of learning but always strive to make it fun for the player even as he/she works hard. When a player is having fun it won't feel like "work"! :) Bring lots of water, energy, and a smile!

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Coach mark is great. My 7 year old has been improving dramatically since he started training with him.

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I wasn't sure what to expect when signing up for private lessons. I was really impressed with the training plan that Mark came up with. He has the right balance of pushing for improved technique but not so much that my son would lose interested. Definitely recommend.

Coach Mark, was great helping my son with so many soccer skills, however specifically with his shooting form. My son looked forward to each training with his coach and is looking forward in working with him possibly in the future.

Coach Mark is great with my kids and does a great job meeting them at their level and pushing them to continually improve.

Coach is awesome. He agreed to coach me, a middle aged mom, so I could play in a work tournament. He was patient and funny and very talented. Thanks for everything coach!

Great coach, great drills. Good communication and holding son accountable to the drills and instructions.

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Coach Mark started with the basics with our 6 year old son and working with him on every aspect of the game. We've already seen tangible improvement in his game after the first 2 sessions. Thank you Coach Mark!

Mark was great. Right out of the gate connected well with my eight year old and had a great training session. Will be booking further sessions with him

Coach Mark did a great job with my 7 year old daughter! After just 3 sessions he was able to improve her footwork and help us identify the techniques she needs to work on. He also provided me with great insight on the local clubs as this process can be overwhelming. We will be working with Mark again in the near future!

Coach Mark was great. He was patient and engaging. He quickly identified simple skill areas my 10 year old daughter had never been taught as she transitioned from AYSO to club soccer. We were only able to schedule two sessions but they did the job to add a bit more confidence in her game. We hope to work with Coach Mark again in the future.

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Coach Mark is an excellent coach. He can quickly find the kids' problem and focus on the weak. My kids love learning skills from him.

Coach Mark was very patient and very thorough. He did an excellent job assessing my child's skills and determining how to best support and guide her.

Prompt on timings and utilizes time very well. Gives honest feedback and helpful suggestions. Will book more when schedule and commute permits.

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A great instructor! He knows the game and works well with kids.

Great session!

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Coach Mark is awesome! He's improved my son's skills and confidence as a player! He's excited about going and learning new ways to do things. He's corrected his shooting and shown him new drills.

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Mark has provided training for two of my daughters at two different levels and has done a great job. He has a knack for honing in on the areas each individual needs to improve upon, as well as covering the basics for the younger kids. My children said that he made the sessions fun and they have enjoyed working with Coach Mark.

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He is amazing coach, and really understand the weakness and strong points of kids, my 8 year old kid love to practice with him.

Great session, learned some simple but helpful drills to help improve my footwork.

My boys absolutely love his lessons! He tailored his plan to their ability and skills. They count down the days to the next session.

Professional, Patient, Honest and Kind.

Very knowledgeable and patient with my son. I think my son will learn a lot from Coach Mark

The sessions we had with Coach Mark really benefited my kids. He’s a great coach! Highly recommended!

So far so good. Great 1st session, looking forward to more time with Coach Mark.

Mark is very friendly to Kids and his communication is very good and with lot of patience. The foot skills he taught was very useful and hope it will benefit my son in long run

Great coaching. Evaluated my son on the first day and taught shooting technique at the next session. We are very happy with the quality of the training so far. Thank you.

Mark is a great coach. My son really enjoys the training and he has made significant progress and moves he hadn't learned before

Very happy and continuing to using Mark for training

He found what my son need to be improved and gave him good training.

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My son Ethan who is10 yrs old instantly took to Coach Mark who put him thru a variety of drills to evaluate his dribbling and passing. He challenged him w/o overloading and was positive throughout. The written feedback was very detailed and gave Ethan homework to work on.

Great coach!

Great coach.

Coach Mark is a very helpful ! I had a great first experience over all . I was new to a lot of the foot skills even with my mistakes coach mark made it fun and made me want to keep trying . I'm definitely going to book more sessions !

Coach Mark is quick at getting back with us and booking appointments. I have two boys that enjoy working with him and it's made an improvement in their game.

Mark worked great with my daughter. Helping her learn new techniques and correcting others. Worked with her on their left foot and touching the ball. She enjoyed work with him too and was always accommodating with us since we lived farther out. We will be working with Mark again in the future.

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Coach does a great job of teaching.
First session is used to evaluate and communicate.
Coach teaches the technical parts of soccer, proper foot placement on the ball, plant foot location when striking the ball, proper hip & body direction, improving reaction time, each touch - change ball direction.
Personality is friendly and inviting for conversation.
Coach Mark's sessions are EXACTLY what your soccer player has been missing !
None of the six coach, in the past 10 years has provided this type of knowledge / training for my daughter.
Coaching, to the player is in-depth & reviewed through out the training session as well as into successive sessions.
BEST OF ALL, post session reviews by the coach are VERY DETAILED, review placed in binder for future reference.

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Coach Mark comes to each session with a prepared plan and is set-up and ready to go at the start of the session. He is very detailed and thorough during the training to ensure that my son was understanding what was being worked on. After the training session, Coach Mark provides an excellent summary of everything worked on during the session.

I would definitely recommend!

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Coach Mark immediately made my daughter feel comfortable. He helped her with ball handling and she left more confident and enthusiastic about the game. We look forward to more coaching sessions with Coach Mark.

Coach Mark has helped my daughter gain confidence and find her love of the game again. She came to Coach Mark as a player with quite a few years of experience who still had some important skills to learn. He zeroed in quickly on her weaknesses and has started helping her develop new skills immediately. After just a few sessions, she's using her new skills and confidence in her games. It's been wonderful to see her get excited and feel confident again, so that she can focus on many of the other great lessons she can learn through a team sport.

The feedback he provided after one session was amazing. He identified the areas of concern and where he would focus his training. My daughter was immediately comfortable taking direction from him.

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Coach Mark is a great addition to my son's training. He is responsive, doesn't waste time, runs great training sessions and my son is looking forward for the next practice. Mark's explanations are clear and he waits patiently until my son does the exercise correctly and moves to another one. I recommend Mark if you're looking for extra training for your child.

Great coach! Very thoughtful, detailed, and strategic. His passion for soccer and his amazing ways for passing it on are amazing.He made training fun for my daughter at the time positioning her for future growth and improvement. Looking forward to future sessions.

Jake had a great first practice with Mark.

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Excellent training session. Highly recommend!

Coach Mark is great coach, and he has patience and great skills with my son for helping him to develop his skill. Thanks

We've had a few sessions with coach Mark now and my son has been developing really well. Mark's insights and the techniques he uses to coach are quite unique. He tailors the coaching sessions on the fly to match the developing skills of the player and always ensures a good challenge.

Definitely recommend.

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Mark has been a great addition to our son's training. He is responsive, creates great training sessions and goes out of his way to make time for our son. I highly recommend Mark if you're looking for extra training for your child.

This is our second session with Coach Mark, he is an excellent coach. He is very detail oriented with training exercises and provides great explanations for practical, in-game uses of every drill. He is very disciplined and the kids respect him a great deal. We would recommend him to anyone searching for a great soccer trainer.

Mark has trained my two boys, ages 6 and 8, during weekly sessions throughout the summer. I have been very happy with his coaching! During our first session, he evaluated the boys and then structured his sessions around the skills that needed the most work. Since my boys are young, I appreciate the way he mixes specific instruction and critiques with encouragement and modeling. He reviews the boys' progress on a regular basis and sets new goals for each session based on their weekly performance and also based on feedback from me. During the summer, he was available nearly every weekday and even accommodated my last minute requests to add additional sessions or change training dates. My boys have really improved their footwork and are playing with more confidence on their travel teams. I would highly recommend Mark for personal soccer training.

My daughter is enjoying Mark very much and has grown her skills in a short time. He has taken time to figure out what works for her and how to best help her, which is the key to any great coach. It is never just about the skill, it is getting the player to perform the skill correctly and with confidence. He is responsive, punctual, knowledgeable and easy to work with. He gives me a detailed description after lessons of what they worked on which allows me to remnd her what she can work on at other time.We've been very pleased.

My daughter has enjoyed sessions with Coach Mark. She started soccer a little late in her preteen years. Unfortunately, up until sessions with Coach she never really learned the basics and proper techniques for dribbling and basic soccer skills. With patience, Mark has took it back to the basics. His communication is much appreciated and his cost is highly reasonable!

Coach mark is great. His scheduling is easy and he is always on time. Coach Mark seems very experienced and seemed to know what needed work right away. My son loves coming every time and I cannot wait for the season to start and see him put his new moves to the test!

I would like to mention my Grandson had a lesson with Coach Mark,it was "GREAT". He enjoyed it so much he wanted to come back the next day. Coach showed my Grandson some techniques that would improve his skills. He was very excited !!! We are thankful of CoachUp and of course Coach Mark. We are a "FAN" Thank You Again Coach Mark...

Great coach! Knows what's he's doing. Technique and preparation for whatever position you desire. Form and energy. Lots of fun. Highly recommend!

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I'm very glad we found coach Mark! He helps my son to learn and improve his techniques. Mark's explanations and commands are clear. He waits patiently until my son does the exercise correctly and moves to another one. Mark doesn't waste time. He comes prepared and there are only breaks to have some water. He knows how to talk to kid. He is funny and my son loves going to practice with him. Mark never been late for the practice and replies promptly to messages. Easy to schedule the session. I wish I would find him sooner. We still have a few months left of summer. Will try to use the time left effectively. I would suggest coach Mark to any parents who wants his/her child to get better at soccer!

I am not entirely new to soccer, but Coach Mark was right on point from the very first session. He made me realize where I am going wrong technique-wise...like foot positions during passing-receiving and dribbling. He had waaaaay more tips to offer than I thought I could handle, so he was kind enough to make a long and detailed note of what all were covered during the session. I appreciate the fact that during the practice, he wanted me to "take it slow, but do it right" -- this approach is extremely crucial for me to learn at a comfortable pace. An awesome feature of his session is that he gives you a preview of the exercises he'll make you practice for the next session (if you are still uncertain about signing up) as well, nevertheless. Thanks, Coach Mark, I am definitely adding more of these sessions to my regular schedule !

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Coach mark was fantastic. He helped me work on all major parts of my game in 1 session and made it very fun

Coach Mark has been wonderful! He has helped my son learn the necessary skills to improve his soccer game. He is very patient, but firm in his coaching methods. I have just booked 7 more sessions because I know that my son enjoys working with him and is learning great techniques to be better at his game while gaining self-confidence.

Mark is a great, passionate, disciplined coach. It was my daughter's very first Soccer class, brand new to Soccer, has never played with the ball much too before. He was really amazing as to get to her level and still teach with lot of patience. She did not even know what dribbling is. Mark taught so many things in the first session, he made my daughter do dribbling, passing well when she got to the second half of the session. She had lot of fun and we are continuing to schedule more classes/sessions with Mark.
I highly recommend Mark for the students who want to improve, learn soccer and he will take skills to next level.

My daughter really enjoyed working with Coach Mark and feels like she gained valuable knowledge on skills that she was struggling with. Mark's way of explaining technique is spot on and was easy for my daughter to understand. We would recommend him highly for any age group and skill level.

Coach Mark is organized, understands the game, connects well with my daughter and most importantly has a passion for making the kids better soccer players. Natalie is already showing more confidence since we started with Coach Mark. We are very lucky to have him working with my daughter and would recommend him without hesitation. Thanks Coach Mark!!!!!!!

We signed our girls, (ages 6 & 8), up with Coach Mark & both really enjoyed the private lesson. He was very patient with both girls & was able to emphasize some basic skills on dribbling/passing that they both seemed to pick up. Both are eager to sign up for additional lessons this summer. Highly recommend Coach Mark.

Coach Mark is very good and patient with teaching my daughter soccer techniques!

My 8 year old daughter had a great time learning from Coach Mark! He was very professional, but also made the training fun! His teaching was very age appropriate - it was easy for my daughter to follow his instructions. Also, Mark is very easy to get in contact with - he responds quickly and is very thorough. I'm impressed and look forward to many more sessions. Thanks Mark, my daughter is very excited for her next lesson with you!

Thank you Mark for amazing & helpful coaching ,My son Spandan likes so much , Archana

Coach Mark is great. My daughter has enjoyed her sessions with him. He is easy to work with re scheduling and is punctual and reliable. His sessions are fun and motivating and he gives my daughter constructive feedback. I recommend him highly.

Coach Mark has been such a great addition to our daughter's training. He really understands her individual weaknesses and strengths and is great at pushing her to work on improving on her weak points. His communication with us as parents has been fantastic, we receive a very detailed email after every session about what they worked on and how our daughter performed and what she needs to continue to focus on at home. She enjoys the sessions and is growing in her play of the game. I couldn't recommend Coach Mark more.

Mark is an excellent coach. My daughter has been playing since she was 4 and I am a certified Recreational soccer coach in Ohio. He knows very well what he is doing, he comes very well prepared and planned for every session, everything has a purpose and makes sense to the player and to me as a parent "coach". He has excellent communication skills and makes the session interesting, fun and successful to improve the skills of my daughter.
He is very involved, knows the teams schedules and works around the schedule and training facilities, asks for feedback from the player and shows how much he is interested and involved in the overall development. My daughter is very happy and willing to continue with the coaching.

I absolutely love how Coach Mark is very kind and always helps me when I am stuck. I am about to enter into U13 next year, and I think all of these skills will help a lot when I go up. I highly recommend Coach Mark to anyone who wants a coach who is understanding, patient, kind, and amazingly prepared and makes good schedules. I really hope this is the same experience for other young girls and boys my age, or younger or older. Thanks!

Coach Mark is a great coach. He was very prepared before I arrived.
His experience showed as and he was very efficient with the time. I'm confident that my soccer skills will improve greatly!

Coach Mark had great communication leading up to the training session. He was interested in knowing about my sons current struggles and inquired about his experience/background in soccer. He tailored the training around what it was we discussed as being a weak area and followed up with me on email afterwards with thoughts and suggestions. Will use again.

Coach Mark listened to what my son was concerned about and gave him instruction and worked with him. He was very flexible with the times we met and location. My son can't wait for his next session.

We had 2 sessions for my U16 daughter. Mark is excellent on contact before sessions and was prepared and ready to go prior to her scheduled training time. All of the drills were with purpose and coach went over them with the purpose of his learning to see my daughter's capacity, and to give her simple enough drills to train with on her own.

Coach Mark provides excellent and detailed feedback.

My daughter indicated that his directions/instructions were easy to understand (even with the drills she had never done before) - she really enjoyed her sessions and feels that she has learned a lot. Coach Mark's style is very positive - no yelling or "over-correcting" - but more building skills in logical steps, and helpful instructions, building on the desired results. We would happily do more sessions in the future.

Mark is a great coach. I first contacted him in regards to my 15 year old son who had no formal training of any kind. My son is naturally athletic and has wanted to play for years. He made the cost affordable by putting a class together so he could join in group lessons which is something he had never done before (play on a team or with anyone other than his younger sister) I am so thankful that he did that. I love the fact my son got to play with other kids around his age. Since he has started lessons we have seen a great improvement in his skill. He is showing much more confidence and is excited to learn more. He has communicated well and has given progress reports which were appreciated. We will be returning in the spring for another series of lessons for sure. Thanks Coach Mark!

Coach Mark is a great coach. My daughter shows definite improvement in her skill set. We have scheduled as many sessions with Coach Mark as our busy schedule will allow. He is accommodating with scheduling and works non-stop through the entire session. We would recommend him as a personal soccer coach.

Coach Mark was on top of the game from scheduling, arriving on time and prepared from beginning to end. He is a very skilled coach and by the end of the session I saw my son improved greatly. I give coach Mark 5 stars. He knows how to teach the game and is very energetic and patient. He is firm but at the same time made it fun, I am scheduling him for more sessions. On top of that he sent us valuable information to review outside the session.

Awesome coach, he notices your weaknesses and works on them, gives you tips to improve your form and his tips are easy to follow to achieve the perfect form. I learned more in that one hour than I have in a whole season of playing. I couldn't have been happier. He is easy to set up sessions with, on time and professional but fun! (Nicole is 16 years old with 2 years of playing experience)
Coach Mark has worked with my daughter on and off for a year. He is very organized and puts a lot of different drills into 1 session that focus on a variety of skills. A lot is specific to better ability to dribble and control the ball and 4-5 sessions of his training pushed my daughter farther ahead than 1-2 months of her team practices.
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