This was the first session with my daughter Grace. Rich was set up and ready to go at the start time. He had many soccer balls, a rebounder, and a selection of cones, and flags. The practice moved quickly with many repetitions and immediate feedback when he spotted things that needed work.
Coach Rich is one of the best coaches a player can ask for. He has helped me improve in so many ways. When I started playing for his team I was a rec player who didn't have a clue of the technical and mental aspect of the game. In fact, I didn't know how to shoot the ball properly. However, Coach Rich saw potential in me. And even though my teammates were more advanced than I was, Coach Rich took the time to work with me individually so I could become a technical player, not only for shooting, but also dribbling and passing. This showed that he was very dedicated to helping each and every one of his players improve. One thing I appreciate the most about him is how patient and encouraging he is. He isn't one to yell or scream at his players. I believe that his coaching has greatly impacted the player I am today.
Coach Rich is the best coach I've ever had. He first started coaching me when I was about 9 in rec soccer. I'm turning 15 this year. When I first stared playing, I was pretty terrible. I really didn't know what I was doing and I was just playing as a hobby. Then, in one rec season, Rich was our coach. He made the game a lot more fun and I decided I wanted to commit to this sport and play at a more intense level. So, I joined comp. All throughout my soccer "career" Rich has always been there. He's so supportive, but will still push you to do your best. He's great at making the game fun and help you better your skills at the same time. He has helped me learn to be a good soccer player as well as make healthy food choices so I can perform better on and off the field. I highly recommend him for any type of coaching position. I know he will not disappoint.
My daughter was taught by Coach Rich for over 6 years starting in recreation and then competitive soccer. Coach Rich emphasizes player development, putting the player first, before the game. He keeps players self-motivated by making the game fun to play and encouraging players to take ownership of their development, from practicing of technical skills to eating healthy. At a time when coaches and parents too often put winning above player development, it is awesome to have a coach looking out for your player's best interests. My daughter has a love of soccer and I attribute much of this to Coach Rich. I highly recommend him as a team coach or for private coaching lessons.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Coach Rich for many years as a competitive soccer coach. He has a unique mixture of strong technical skills and excellent coaching abilities with young people. I've watched him coach a range of players, from children under 10 and also teenagers up to age 19. He has the able to focus on the individual player and to help them develop as a well rounded soccer player. My youngest daughter, Jessica, was on Coach Rich's team for 2 years. She's developed into a strong tactical player with confidence on the field, especially when attacking the goal and dribbling through many defenders. Jessica understands how to use her team mates to pass and defend seamlessly. I can see the results from Coach Rich's guidance and training which involves discipline, teamwork and a love of soccer. I highly recommend Coach Rich as a personal trainer and team coach.
We had just moved to the Bay Area and was looking for a soccer club for my son to play. I contacted Coach Rich through email and was invited to attend a training. From that first training with Coach Rich, my son was so excited about soccer and couldn't wait till the next training. Coach Rich makes every child feel important and gives them confidence in themselves and their abilities in soccer. He teaches them the importance of team play, and works with each individual to improve their skills and development. My son enjoyed playing for Coach Rich because he always made the trainings fun!!!
Rich has coached my daughter Ella for the past 7 years. A big part of coaching is teaching the physical and mental skills that help players perform on the field. I agree with the other testimonials that Rich delivers on these important aspects of player development. However, more important to me than soccer skills, tactics, and strategies is the personal development of my daughter. Rich’s emphases on long term goals, teamwork, mental discipline, and fair play will serve my daughter well in all of her future endeavors.
I coached recreational soccer for 20+ seasons before my youngest child decided to try competitive soccer with Coach Rich. I helped with his team at practice and games and learned so many of the fine subtleties and important fundamentals of the game. More importantly, the kids did also! They learned it in a very positive way that allowed each one of them to improve at their own pace and skill level. I would definitely recommend Coach Rich for personalized training at any skill level.
As a coach myself, I understand the importance of developing the players technical ability and their tactical brain. His style of coaching encourages the players to be actively involved in their own development and I have seen this approach work effectively myself. Coach Rich exemplifies a growth mindset and is always seeking to further his education – in order to further develop the players he coaches. I thoroughly recommend Rich as a coach and feel confident that he will improve any player he works with.
Coach Rich definitely lived by the idea of a growth mindset and making sure that the play the game with joy. Coach set up an environment where enjoyment and individual player development was at the heart of training. Simply put, players were given the time and space to independently work on skills that were introduced at the beginning of training sessions. After a number of years with coach it has been great to see the finer points of all the time spent in training manifest themselves in games, from maintaining team shape to the occasional experiment of a bicycle kick! All of his players had the freedom to express themselves on the field without feeling like they had to win every game. This type of environment is necessary for young players for them to work on being their best.
We completely appreciate the development first mentality as we've seen our son become unafraid of making mistakes both on and off the field. All players become better at whatever they choose to work on in practice. The atmosphere surrounding Rich's coaching session makes all the players feel successful regardless of there level of play. What we've learned from Rich is farthing reaching than soccer; and it is the belief that growth and development are always attainable with the right instruction and time to practice without fear.
I like how fun he is with us, easy to get along with, and he's about our development and not just winning.
Rich has been involved in my sons soccer development for the past 4 years. My son has grown tremendously as a player and a person because of coach Rich. My son went from hiding in the background to standing in front as a team leader. He has given him the confidence to not only challenge his opponent but to challenge himself. Rich has taught him to play the game intelligently by having the vision to see the whole field. The approach Rich takes in coaching has made my son enjoy the game as well as excel at it. Rich has been the biggest influence in my sons development of the game and I would highly recommend him as a coach.
Rich has been an awesome coach for our daughter, Grace. He’s taken the time to develop her skills in many dimensions over the years - recognizing passing lanes, effectively marking players, and how to balance offense and defense in the midfield. Rich is good at coaching because he loves it. He takes real interest in each individual player he works with. My best teachers always made the subject interesting and Rich does so with perfect balance.
We are very pleased with Rich's work with my daughter McKenna.
Her technical skills, vision of the game and overall fundamentals have made great strides under his direction.
She appreciates his coaching style and his ability to push her to improve.
Looking forward to seeing more improvement in the future. I would highly recommend Rich to any player who wants to take their game to the next level.