Stephen Swanger, Tacoma, WA Soccer Coach

Stephen Swanger

Fairo - Elite Goalkeeper Camps



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Passionate and a simple strategy; All sessions focus on ball work, Rhythm, Balance, Coordination & Principals of Play - Travel often between WA and PA, just inquire! View all coaching experience

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Individual Training
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach Stephen.75 minute session length

Session Length: 75 minutes

$80 1 session + one-time fee

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2 players
In-Person Training for up to 2 athletes

1 session package for 2 students. 75min Session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$100 1 session + one-time fee

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3 players
In-Person Training for up to 3 athletes

1 session package for 3 students. 75min Session length

Session Length: 75 minutes

$120 1 session + one-time fee

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4 students
In-Person Training for up to 4 athletes

1 session package for 4 students. 75min Session length.

Session Length: 75 minutes

$136 1 session + one-time fee

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  • 25 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Goalkeeper

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


  • 25 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Goalkeeper

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

More About Coach Stephen

Bellevue College Women's Soccer Team, GK Coach
Eagleclaw FC, Tukwila, Washington, GK Director
Southlake SC, Renton, Washington, GK Director
NorTac Soccer Club, Tacoma, Washington, GK Coach

Everton Summer Camp, Future Lions Football Academy (Kettering Town FC) - Shantou, China : Bringing my 11 year-old son with me to China is the highlight of my young goalkeeping academy so far.
Striker-Keeper Camp with Amadou Sanyang of Eagleclaw and Seattle Sounders FC - Whitefish, Montana
Striker-Keeper camp with Alex Megson of Tacoma Stars - Gig Harbor, Washington
Striker - Keeper Camp with James Riley of Seattle Sounders FC - Renton, Washington
Goalkeeper Camp with Ray Newland, founder of Just 4 Keepers, Everton FC
NSC Montana High School pre-season camp with JP Verhees, Kalispell, Montana

2018 - other experience
Bainbridge Island FC, Goalkeeper Coach
Goalkeeper Academy partner, NorTac Soccer Club, Tacoma, WA.
North Kitsap Soccer Club, Goalkeeper Coach Poulsbo, WA
Just 4 Keepers 4-hour Goalkeeper Clinics; Duval, Lacey, Tacoma, Olympia, Tukwila, Renton

2017 Highlights
Goalkeeper agent/liason Buenos Aires, Argentina
Goalkeeper Coach, Esteban Pogany Escuela de Arqueros (Former National GK director for Argentina FA) Banfield CF, Quilmes CF, Boca Juniors - Buenos Aires, Argentina
High School Preseason Goalkeeper Camp, Kauai, Hawaii
Goalkeeper Clinic, Bigfork Bandits, Bigfork, Montana
Goalkeeper Coach, Just 4 Keepers National Id Camp, Pennsylvania
Goalkeeper Coaching Director, Just 4 Keepers Camp, Gig Harbor, Washington
Goalkeeper Coaching Director, Just 4 Keepers Camp, Renton, Washington
Goalkeeper Clinic, Fircrest Soccer Club, Fircrest, Washington
Goalkeeper Coaching Director, Just 4 Keepers Camp, Vancouver, Washington
Goalkeeper Coaching Director, Winter indoor camp, MISA, Missoula, Montana

Masters in Education and Curriculum Development, and additional certifications at the post-graduate level that includes coursework in kinesiology.

Other Credentials/Experience

Head Coach University of Colorado Club Team
Head Coach University of Montana Club Team
Head High School Coach 4 years
Assistant coach 10 years
15 years in classroom teaching
Level 2 NSCAA Goalkeeping
Just 4 Keepers goalkeeper coaching system

My Coaching philosophy is based on giving back to the game that has given me with so much joy and opportunity around the world. My hope is that players that work with me discover in training the knowledge, skills, and goal-setting abilities to help them to successfully continue in the sport at the highest level as well as to create pathways by which they can be healthy contributing members of the community beyond the training grounds and give back to the game in some way themselves.

All Army Soccer Team 1999
Semi professional contract -Club Provincial Osorno 1992
Extended Trials and Loans
Chile - Club La Union Española, Huachipato, Talca Rangers, Santiago Morning
Bolivia - Club Wilsterman, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Peru - Club Melgar, Arequipa, Peru

All levels of keepers repeat the basics, and then build on technique from there:

Voice commands

Generally these basics are broken down to tactical aspects in a training session that are taught in progressions. Examples are:

Recovery from low dives
The Three Goal Situation
Winning free balls with or without pressure
Drop step to high ball save
Providing support, and distribution with feet.

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Client Reviews

Coach Stephen knows a ton about goalie training. My son has never had any formal goalie training before and was excited to learn some great techniques. Really nice coach as well.

Stephen is a great goalkeeper coach. I would reach out to him if you have a driven goalie who is committed to learning, open to feedback, and who is continually looking to improve. Our son has been working with Stephen for about 4 months at this point, and we've seen dramatic improvement in his technique. Whether it's been individual sessions, small group training, or striker/keeper clinics, Stephen has always challenged our son by pushing him just beyond what our son thinks he's capable of. Stephen has been the right fit for us; if you're contemplating a coach, I would recommend talking to him so you can decide if he's a good fit for your goalie. My only warning would be not to wait...he's always traveling and coaching all over the country, so his schedule fills up quickly!

Great session!

Stephen is a competent and engaging coach. His style captures and drives expectations of his students. We have had a couple of sessions so far and the growth in our son is visible. We will be purchasing more sessions!

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He has been very easy to work with. My son has been a keeper for about 5 years. This coach seems to be taking my sons basic abilities and focus on the next level of progression. We are looking forward to seeing his progression through this program.

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My son has improved every time he has worked with Coach Stephen. His footwork has improved along with his confidence. We plan on many more training sessions.

Coach Stephen provided amazing coaching and motivation for my young athlete. His strength and skill improved markedly. Coach Stephen was positive and intense and pushed in all areas of Finn's physical conditioning and keeping skills. Thanks so very much!

Coach Stephen is great at working with young people, focused and expert at the building blocks of what a keeper needs for a good foundation of skills.
He wastes no time during sessions and impresses the value of doing things right on players, keeps them moving and focused.
This is the best all around 1:1 soccer keeper training my son has ever had.
We will be back for

My son Benji is training with Coach Stephen Swanger.

Awesome training, learns new things every time , strong emphasis on safety and pushing to the next level.

Not a moment is wasted

Andy and Benji Carr

My daughter has worked with Stephen throughout this past year. I have seen her confidence, skill level, and dedication to her position increase dramatically. Stephen’s approach and practices I have not seen other coaches use. He always has helpful feedback and tips too. My daughter looks forward to training sessions with him and will continue to train with him as long as we can.

He is a really good coach to work with. He is fun and unique and his coaching style is like nothing you'll ever see. He will help you figure out your errors and overall make you better.

Stephen took great care with my daughter working on her basic soccer skills. After only a 30minute session she was able to kick the ball accurately with Stephen throwing the ball to her. I know that Stephen works with a lot of high level players, but he was really able to connect with my daughter. We will work with him again for sure!

We had our 1st session with Coach Stephen this week. WOW! My 9 yr old daughter loved it. He worked her hard, gave her lots of great instruction, and really took the time to figure her out. She came home wanting to practice all the drills - the living room furniture was moved to accommodate :) Coach Stephen was a great communicator as well - getting back to me very quickly. We will for sure continue on!

Can't recommend coach Stephen enough. My son has had numerous goalkeeper coaches and attended many camps in the past. Stephen has been the best thus far. He was able to pack more training in one private session then some of the day long long camps my son has been too. Stephen goes into great detail and teaches not just how to do something but also the why. He is also able to push my son physically and mentally with the right amount encouragement. Stephen reviewed everything at the end of the session to make sure the retention was there. We will definitely continue training with Stephen.

Coach Stephen is a great GK coach. He gave my daughter a lot of great tips, and sent her videos to watch afterwards showing the techniques. He has a tremendous amount of energy and worked hard through the whole session! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

Coach Stephen did a great job with my 9 year old. just the right touch for his personality, and good hard work out. gave us a lot to work on, and a great platform for further improvements.

Coach Stephen was a great catalyst for my son's work ethic towards goalkeeping. From the beginning to the end of the session, Coach Stephen kept him training and focusing on improvement with great drills and skill building. He gave him great pointers and encouragement to try his best. Coach Stephen was focused, positive, and hard-working! My son got great feedback afterwards, and we are looking forward to working more with Coach Stephen so that my son can become the best goalie he can be! - L. Nor

I am super thrilled to have found Stephen! He's great with kids and provides excellent goal keeping instruction. I highly reccomend him.
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