Mike M., College Park, MD Soccer Coach

Mike M.



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1 session package with Coach Mike. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$50 1 session + one-time fee

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Light Package
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3 session package with Coach Mike. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$144 3 sessions ($48/ea) + one-time fee

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5 session package with Coach Mike. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$225 5 sessions ($45/ea) + one-time fee

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10 session package with Coach Mike. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$430 10 sessions ($43/ea) + one-time fee

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  • University of Maryland--College Park (MD)

  • 15 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

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


  • University of Maryland--College Park (MD)

  • 15 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

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

More About Coach Mike

My name is Mike and I am a professional soccer coach based in the DC area - specifically, Prince George's County in Maryland, but am available in the surrounding area as well. I am the co-founder and Director of Coaching of Pelota Training, a technical training company in the DMV, and the head coach of the 03 Red and 01 Red boys teams at the Alexandria Soccer Association.

I'm originally from New Jersey and I've played and coached at an elite level my entire life. I was a member of the Matchfit Academy in my youth career and enjoyed walk on stints at The University of Maryland, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History. I also have my Masters in Education from Trinity Washington University in DC.

Once I graduated in 2007, I began my teaching and coaching career at all-boys powerhouse DeMatha Catholic and spent eight years at the school. I taught Social Studies and Philosophy, and coached at all levels in the soccer program. As an assistant Varsity coach, I helped build the program and was fortunate to experience a great deal of success, including a string of WCAC titles and a national championship in 2011. During that time, I co-founded and served as Director of Soccer Operations for the DeMatha Soccer Academy for two years before accepting the head coaching position at The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, MD, where I spent three years as a Social Studies teacher and director of the soccer program.

I have a USSF C license and a number of certificates including the USC Level 1 Futsal Diploma. I'm a member of United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA). I've coached at all levels of club soccer, from rec to elite, and from U9 to U19. Some highlights on the club level include coaching a SAC (Soccer Association of Columbia) Premier boys team from 2011-2013 which included, on a team level, a rise in national ranking from #444 in the country to #13 and winning the 2013 U15 Boys Maryland State Cup as well as, on a personal level, being awarded the 2013 Boys Travel Coach of the Year at the club.

I played soccer as a youth in New Jersey for a number of clubs which includes spells with the Central Jersey Riptide (which became Matchfit Academy), and SSC (Suburban Soccer Club). I also played for various ID / select teams throughout my youth career. As an adult, I have played semi-pro with ASA Reds based out of Alexandria in the WPL (Washington Premier League) which is the top semi-pro league in the area.

A player can expect a super positive and enjoyable 1:1 environment in which he or she will be pushed and encouraged to develop all technical aspects of their game - dribbling, first touch, passing, etc. Mistakes are okay! We learn from them and break those bad habits. As a Pelota trainer, I follow our internal curriculum (which I co-created) and implement that curriculum into structured but tailor-made sessions with my players. I deliver proven exercises that will allow players to develop excellence in their game, progressing in the major skills of a youth soccer player - including those previously mentioned as well as the mental element. You can learn more about this at our website: www.pelotatraining.com

Due to my schedule at this point, I will be limited in the new players that I can take on; however, if players reach out for a session, and I am unable to schedule it, I will be happy to direct them toward one of our other professional and experienced trainers. They'll receive the same top shelf technical training with a dedicated and passionate trainer as they would with me!

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Coach Mike was very responsive and provided a great session. He worked with our daughter on various skills and kept the session fun and engaging. Having a Coach who can quickly connect with the player and have that player be able to take away feedback even after 1 session is great. Looking forward to working with Coach Mike again.

Coach Mike was able to schedule a 60 minute one on one session last minute. The session went very well. My daughter enjoyed the session and wants to continue working with the Coach to improve her skills.Very Professional, Knowledgeable, and provided great feedback.

Mike’s soccer session was methodically well thought through. The technical ball touches, visual perception of surrounding In relation to defenders. The positive reinforcement & communication of small details In correcting ball touches, passes & dynamic movement. (Great Coach)

Mike was very accessible and responsive when we booked our teaching session with him and was waiting for us when my son and I arrived ten minutes early for the lesson! My son very much enjoyed his first session with Mike and found the instruction insightful and very constructive. Mike gave us very good feedback and we look forward to the next lesson.

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Coach Mastro, I wanted to let you know I got a WCAC Honorable Mention and I wouldn’t have gotten it without your help with skill training this Summer so I wanted to say thank you!
I really enjoyed the sessions with Coach Mike and think the extra work had a positive impact on the technical part of my game. He was able to make the time both fun and really useful. I'm looking forward to working with him more this upcoming season!
My daughter loves the training sessions and she is much more confident with the ball and playing better overall. We have tried ODP, Super Y, and additional camps, but this training has the best results and is less costly.
I am happy to affirm the other testimonials about the quality of the technical training at Pelota. As the father of current college athletes, I have experience with many trainers and coaches. The training at Pelota is among the best available in the DMV. For me, the factor that differentiates Coach Mastro and the other trainers at Pelota from the rest is their genuine interest in the development of each young person. They really go the extra mile to provide individualized instruction to get each athlete to the next level. I thought it was telling that out of all her coaches and trainers, my daughter invited Coach Mastro to her school's assembly for NCAA athletes. She feels he prepared her to play D1 better than anyone else. It's hard to find a better recommendation than that.
Having watched my son with their trainers many times, I can say that Pelota Training incorporates technical skills, speed, agility and endurance into every session. Each one is well thought out to hit on multiple skills per session that are required to train players for their next level. The sessions are run to highlight areas needing attention while providing a platform of drills geared to improve a player on a session-by-session basis. Pelota Training is a great tool to add to the mix for any player looking to elevate their game.
My daughter, who’s now a high school sophomore, has worked with Mastro for 3 years. In addition to teaching the technical skills required for my daughter to play a new position in high school, he really cares about his players both on and off the field. He is a great guy who’s always enthusiastic and relentlessly positive. Also, Mastro is knowledgeable about playing soccer at the high school and collegiate levels and is happy to provide insight and realistic assessments to players and families making those types of decisions.
I cannot begin to describe the impact of Coach Mike’s training with our son Matthew. His confidence in ball handling in one-on-one situations, strength of shot on goal, and overall game performance increased dramatically after just a few sessions. After a few months, he is performing well beyond where he was before the Pelota sessions. Coach Mike is infinitely patient, demanding, easy to understand and most importantly a fantastic teacher of the game. We are going to be clients of Coach Mike’s for years to come.
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