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Vasili Uspensky, Boston, MA Soccer Coach

Vasili Uspensky

Boston College & Boston Kickers

Soccer

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Boston College Men's Asst/GK Coach. Former DI and semi-pro with 14+ years of coaching experience. Featured in the CoachUp goalkeeping tutorials! Founder of VU GK Academy. View all coaching experience

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Packages

1-on-1 Training - 1 Session
In-Person Training for a single athlete

An individual training session with Coach Vasili.

Session Length: 1 hour

$125 1 session + one-time fee

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GROUP Training - 1 session
In-Person Training for a single athlete

This is for one group session ($80).

Session Length: 90 minutes

$80 1 session + one-time fee

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  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

  • 13 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Forward, Defense, Goalkeeper

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

Credentials

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

  • 13 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Forward, Defense, Goalkeeper

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

Introduction Video

More About Coach Vasili

I am the Head Goalkeeping Coach at the Boston College Men's Soccer Program. Director of Coaching for the Boston Kickers.

My training philosophy is based on the following framework:

- Decision Making
- Technique
- Tactical Understanding

I joined the Harvard men's soccer staff as the Goalkeeper Coach prior to the start of the 2016 season.

I helped in the development of starter Kyle Parks during his first two years with Harvard, as Parks went on to sign with SC Freamunde in Portugal. Parks totaled six shutouts as the Harvard starter, while making 145 saves across 29 starts. Harvard tallied 10 wins in 2016-17, each coming with Parks in net, and climbed into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was a third-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, making the roster for Atlanta United FC. Harvard ended its season with a nine-game unbeaten streak intact.

Prior to joining the Crimson, I worked as Soccer Community Director and Partnerships Manager at the Boston-based startup CoachUp (offering 16,000 qualified coaches in 30+ sports nationwide) overseeing relationships with major and minor sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, USOC, and others) and helping retired professional players find avenues to coaching. I am also the top CoachUp Goalkeeper Coach in Massachusetts and top 20 coach overall in USA soccer (out of 3,000+ coaches). I'm featured in the Goalkeeping Tutorial Videos with 500,000+ views (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtWdZBafi-1O9EiSL_M8ajbN8Vw4nKW5p ).

I hold both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University where I played for the men's soccer team and contributed to a CAA Championship and a top ten US ranking. My undergraduate degree was in international business management with minors in Russian and Spanish language studies (2007). Post college, I had a brief stint with the semi-professional Richmond Rowdies before deciding to pursue a career in the business world. After two years working in Russia, I returned to the #1 ranked VCU Brandcenter to get a master's degree in creative brand management (2011). I was born in Moscow, Russia to a Russian father and Peruvian mother.

In 2012, I co-founded the Boston Kickers, a youth soccer club that has had over 1,000 players participating across the Greater Boston Area (www.bostonkickers.com).

I also spent three years with The Winsor School (a top national private girls school in Boston) varsity soccer program as an Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach. I hold a USSF ‘D’ License.

I now live in Jamaica Plain with my wife and daughter.

I played for DI, Virginia Commonwealth University as a goalkeeper. After a successful college career highlighted by a conference championship (Colonial Athletic Association) and NCAA appearances, I played semi-pro for the Richmond Rowdies.

90 min group sessions that involve a comprehensive 15-25 min warmup that touches on major areas and skills of the GK position. Progression in drills from technical to decision-making/game-like situations which allows keepers to see game situations during training.

Most players go to practice focusing only on the physical elements of the game, but keepers in my class will become students of the game while developing their technique, mental/physical dexterity, and confidence.

If your goal is to play at the higher levels (college, pro, overseas), be sure to let me know as I'm part of an international network for prospective universities and clubs waiting for highlights of your keeper’s abilities and accomplishments.

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Client Reviews

My son had a great time and left the lesson feeling more confident.

Best goalie coach!

Wow! What a great first training! Coach Vasili made my son comfortable and put him to work in within the first five minutes of meeting him. The entire session was exactly what we were looking for. Well run, diverse and full of information and suggestions. We will definetly be booking more session!

Coach Vasili is an awesome coach. In just one session, he taught my son so many great techniques and gave him valuable feedback that he will take with him for many seasons. He is kind, friendly, patient and extremely knowledgeable about soccer and goalkeeping. My son is grateful for every opportunity he gets to work with Coach Vasili and we would recommend him to anyone looking for great GK instruction!

My son is having a blast working with Coach Vasili. His positive attitude and energy helps him relate to kids perfectly, and he gives tons of great advice across all of the important dimensions of goalkeeping. It's also fun for a kid to practice on a D1 college field!

We were blown away with Coach Vasili! My 11 year old daughter had an instant connection with him. He has a lovely way with younger athletes and made her feel comfortable and successful after only one session. She is excited to work with him to hone in her goal keeper skills. I am excited for her to build confidence and ability in the sport she loves so much. Thank you for all you do for young athletes, Vasili. We are very appreciative!

Vasili is amazing! I purchased two training sessions for my 8 year old nephew as a birthday/Christmas gift and we have just completed the first session. My nephew declared it “the best day ever” - he loved training with Vasili that much.

Excellent 1:1 coaching!

Coach Vasili was amazing! He introduced me to new goalie techniques and drills that I had never experienced before. He was patient and really took the time to get to know me and my strengths and opportunities as a goalie.I can’t wait for future sessions with Coach Vasili, he’s one of a kind!

Coach Vasili was just what we were looking for! He didn’t waste any time, gave immediate feedback and demonstration, was positive but honest, and gave us drill options to take home. It would have taken a whole week of camp to learn what we got in one hour from Vasili. If you’re looking for real soccer education from someone who is fun but can still push a good, tough workout, then Coach V is your guy. Advanced or with skill-gaps, he could help. He was on-time and all set up for us. Also, he looked professional in his dress and demeanor and used good language. Yay for a role model! My sons adds, “He is really nice and was patient with me. I want to go back. You can tell he’s had a lot of experience with coaching.” The field Coach V trains on is awesome, by the way. You feel like a pro on it! It’s a great location for 1-1.

My 15 year old son had his first session with Coach Vasili and it could not have been better. he had a great one on one lesson and Coach Vasili showed him some new things and they worked well together. He left him with some concrete action items to work on before their next session. I highly recommend him.

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Coach Vasili is excellent. His training sessions were organized, intense and focused on the specific needs of my son for both assessment and growth/development in the position. It was also great to see him smiling and actively engaged when communicating. It has been very worthwhile.

Amazing coach! He managed to apply his professional expertise to my 9 years old girl, who absolutely loved training with him.

Coach Vasili worked with my 9-year-old son to teach him the the basics of goalkeeping, and it was incredibly useful for him. Vasili has an extensive knowledge of goalkeeping and kept him very engaged for the entire time, while providing a wide range of skills and exercises that broadened his knowledge of the position and provided a strong foundation for him as he learns more about the position.

My 12 year old son learned a lot and was very engaged during his first 1-1 session. He’s looking forward to his next session.

Ready to bring goalkeeping to the next level and Coach Vasili has already done it by the first session!

Coach Vasili was amazing. He had a wealth of knowledge that he just scratched the surface of in our first session. I really enjoyed working with him (and his cute 8 or 9 year old daughter) as he was very approachable and encouraging. He was happy to answer any questions I had and gave me some great pointers on where I needed to improve. He had simple but effective drills and gave me things to practice outside the session and things I could do on my own. Overall great coach I highly recommend.

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Coach Vasilli has provides a positive training environment with high expectations, but with lot's of fun. My son enjoyed the training on close shots and decision making and is looking forward to more of Coach Vasilli's sessions and working with the other GKs.

My 10-year old son just had his first training session with Coach Vasili. It was windy and rainy and he had the time of his life. Vasili is enthusiastic and encouraging and also full of wisdom. My son talked for a good half-hour afterwards about all the strategies he learned. It's a mixed age group, which is wonderful. I think he learned almost as much from the older kids in the group. His birthday is coming up, and all he's asking for is more training with Vasili.

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My son has just started training with Coach Vasili. His sessions are well organized and focus on certain goalie techniques. Giving the boys many repetitions on specific areas. This helps them really improve instead of working on all of a goalies responsibilities in a short period.
I would recommend Vasili training any young man or young lady that is serious about improving their goalie skills and taking their game to the next level.
Donnie

Coach Vasili is great! My son has now had several lessons with him and Coach Vasili does a great job explaining, demonstrating, and working with him to ensure that my son understands and executes proper technique to help him succeed on the field. I would definetly recommend Coach Vasili.

Coach Vasili is an amazing coach. He's very patient and knowledge about all aspects of goalie training. The drills, interaction, relationship building, and overall experience is exactly what we were searching for our daughter. We've seen so much improvement in a few sessions as a result of the hardwork and technical details he provides. She looks forward to training and he always has a positive attitude. He really does a great job of highlighting the positives and fostering a can do attitude in the athletes! If you are ready to work and have fun, coach Vasili is a perfect match!

Coach Vasili was super quick to respond and easy to schedule with. But more than that, he provided my daughter with a great first 1:1 session. She left feeling full of confidence, inspiration and motivation. She has been practicing skills she learned during the session at home and is eager to learn more. She is excited to learn more technical goal keeping skills. Could not have asked for a better first experience.

Coach Vasili was excellent. We had our first session and I was very impressed with Vasili's approach to developing athletes. His focus on technique and disciplined fundamentals will really help our son improve his goaltending
Most impressive though was the rapport he established and the style of his coaching which made it fun too!
We are very much looking forward to our next session.
Thank you Vasili!!

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Coach Vasili was quick to respond. He did a great job of assessing my daughters ability. She is now getting that extra training needed to work on areas she wants to improve in and still gets to stay sharp at what she does well. Its also good to have someone who has played and coached the position at a high level. I would recommend Coach Vasili to others.

Highly recommend Vasili
Great coach and very knowledgeable!
I had 2 great training sessions.
Great person as well.

My son loves working with Coach Vasili and the sessions have nicely complimented his regular team trainings. Coach Vasili is very encouraging and sets a great example of the experience and skill that my son would like to achieve.

My 12 year old son had his first session with Coach Vasili and absolutely loved it. He learned a ton and really had fun doing it. The drills were new to my son and Coach Vasili was patient and encouraging, and in a short time, my son was making improvements and feeling more confident. We will be scheduling more sessions for certain.

Working with coach Vasili was a great experience. We learned some new skills and improved on some others. Coach was a great communicator and we will call on him every time we are in the Boston area (came up from Long Island!)

Vasili has worked with my son almost from the start of his goalkeeping career, almost 3 years at this point. Even today, 3 years later, Vasili still emphasizes the fundamentals of the position with Nick: proper foot work and positioning, diving technique and set position. As Nick continues to develop as a keeper he will continue to work with Vasili. Nothing but rave reviews!!

Vasili is a really good coach. Lots of varied and interesting drills, and the results were good too. I made the team!

My son loves working with Vasili. Coach Vasili is helping him build up his confidence as a goal keeper. My son is often shy and hesitant to work with new teachers or coaches. He took a liking to Coach Vasili right from the beginning.

Coach Vasili has been amazing with my daughter. After only a handful of sessions, she has learned so much from him and really improved as a goalie. She already knows she wants to continue with Coach Vasili throughout the year and beyond. He is not only a great coach technically, but she really enjoys lessons with him and is always looking forward to the next one. We couldn't be happier with our experience!

Coach Vasili has an immediate connection with my son Matt. My son loves to be coached by him because of the intensity of the workouts and the concept of training the whole athlete not just soccer skills. Matt can't wait for his next lesson and really loves working with Coach Vasili.

Coach Vasili is extremely knowledgeable in his profession, and my son Matt feels really comfortable training with him. He is very excited and since he is hard on himself when he doesn't get something right off... it's really nice to see how patient the coach is with Matt. Matt is looking forward to learning even more from coach Vasili. It is really nice to see Matt excited again about soccer, he started out great in soccer around 1st grade, and a few kids told him " he s**ked at soccer " and he shut down, and refused to play for 2 yrs, it's great to see him feeling more positive, and confident in his skills... looking forward to him improving on his keeper skills, now that he is getting professional training. I would highly recommend coach Vasili, he represents CU extremely well. Rob Dunham

Working with Coach Vasili has given my daughter a huge boost in both skill and confidence. She really looks forward to their sessions. Coach Vasili's passion for the game is contagious and my daughter leaves their sessions feeling proud of herself and eager to practice her new skills. His patient and concrete way of showing/teaching the skills is top notch. Highly recommend!

Coach Vasili is a phenomenal coach. My 13 year old daughter said it was her best workout ever and that she learned more about goalkeeping in her first session than she had from several goalkeeping camps. Coach Vasili was also very engaging and inspiring for her- clearly very invested in his work and bringing out the best in his students. I give him my highest recommendation.

The most professional training session I have ever witnessed, Everybody was very excited and we signed up for more sessions the same day. Vasili has the knowledge, the experience and a unique way to communicate that helps to bring soccer players to the next level.

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Vasili is awesome! In his coaching sessions with my son, he blends solid instruction in tecnique and fundamentals with how they'll apply in real game situations. He has been an inspirational and motivating force for my son who has a reinvigorated interest in the game! Loving it!

Coach Vasili is what we were looking for in a coach. His specialty is goalkeeping. Most of the coaches we found were for position players not keepers. He eats, and sleeps goalkeeping. So if you have a true keeper, he is the coach for you.

Coach Vasili was fantastic! He worked with my 9 year old son and 12 year old daughter and was able to tailor the session to meet their individual needs. His knowledge of goalkeeping was superb and the drills he implemented were top-notch. I highly recommend Coach Vasili for any soccer players looking to learn some excellent goalie tips and skills.

Coach Vasili was amazing. My son was looking to enhance his GK skills as he has recently started playing soccer. Vasili was very attentive to his case, very patient and knew how to encourage him to give more. I think he is a great coach.

We can't say enough good things about Coach Vasili. He is incredibly knowledgeable and he has a great way of drilling good technique into his athletes. He really pushes you hard but he is always very positive and encouraging. Best coach my son has ever had.

Coach Vasilli had a great temperament and was a great coach. My 7 year old son had a great time

We are so lucky to have found Vasili. He is a fantastic coach. He is smart, enthusiastic, fun, supportive, and effective. We highly recommend him!

We met with Vasili 3 times-we sought him out for goalkeeper training as my daughter loves the position, but has minimal formal training. Our time with him was limited, but he was a great fit and provided some critical instruction to help her develop proper form and skill that benefited her this season. He did conditioning and skill training and never skimped on time. He was great at working with us to find a convenient location to meet and was very personable. We plan to seek him out again if the need arises.

Vasili did a great job working with my two boys (ages 12 and 9) on soccer fundamentals. They were both new to soccer and getting ready to join teams with experienced players, so needed to learn some of the basics, get some practice, and build their confidence. Vasili worked with them in a way that was both fun and serious at the same time. We were very pleased and highly recommend him.

Vasili is the ultimate embodiment of "the guy you want on your team". He is the co-worker who hustles, is passionate about what he does, and takes pride in making every aspect of a project a success. It’s been a pleasure working alongside Vasili, I can’t speak highly enough about what he can do and the culture he brings to the workplace. He is multifaceted, being able to not only produce and project manage from a high level, but also thrive in the thick of the details, and manage multiple and various efforts simultaneously. While running the Inbound Content Marketing program at CoachUp, Vasili made my job much easier by providing me and my team with incredible partnership and content creation opportunities which ranged from large scale projects like partnering with the National Basketball Retired Players Association on trips to both Cancun and New York City to smaller scale projects like a locally produced multimedia skill development curriculum. Vasili often also served as a “producer" or "project manager” for these content projects, expertly managing budgets, scheduling, and logistics, allowing the creative and digital marketing teams the time to dedicate to strategy, production, and distribution. His role in this was incredibly instrumental to the success of the content marketing program at CoachUp. Vasili orchestrated many extraordinary opportunities with hall of fame athletes across North America which translated into fruitful corporate partnerships and compelling content which drove leads and interest in CoachUp. Last but not least, Vasili is one of the most impressive communicators I’ve come across professionally. He has a rare ability to immediately make one feel at ease, and his personality is ever apparent. He shines at the negotiating table, able to orchestrate deals where both parties leave satisfied and excited to work together. Vasili in my book is an immediate hire and anyone who gets the chance to work with him should consider oneself very fortunate.
I had the pleasure of "managing" Vasili in the Local Marketing & Partnership team at CoachUp. Now, I use quotations for managing since I consider Vasili more of a peer as he is incredibly independent and conscientious. He worked tirelessly to help CoachUp identify and develop new marketing channels for customer acquisition while also supporting partnerships with key stakeholders within the local sports communities. Vasili is hungry to expand his skill set and take on new challenges while effectively building new relationships both internally and externally. Vasili has tremendous individual drive and works extremely well within a team with clear success metrics.
Vasili worked on a number of difficult projects while at CoachUp including a local marketing program where he and a co-worker promoted the CoachUp brand at tournaments around the state. Vasili also successfully ran the first ever CoachUp soccer clinic. Lastly, he launched a new program for CoachUp involving placing CoachUp with jobs as Head Coaches at the High school and Middle School Levels.
I had the opportunity to work cross-functionally with Vasili on several key initiatives which he managed. He provided project management expertise and developed partnerships and relationships with major organizations including the National Basketball Retired Players Association, Major League Soccer, and more. He has the essential ability to juggle several equally important projects at once while devoting the appropriate amount of time to each to ensure their success. Vasili works tirelessly no matter the task and is a team player who cares about the people he is working with.
Vasili has brought his very successful soccer program to our child care center with great success and such little work on our end. He contacted us, agreed to the times that we needed, and the children LOVE the program.
Vasili is a true pro. He is thorough. He is articulate. He is always diligent in taking notes during meetings and following up. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Vasili at CoachUp and found him to be creative, hard-working and receptive to feedback and ideas. Hands-down, Vasili is of the best business development people I've ever worked with in 15+ years working the sports industry.
Vasili is extremely intelligent, sophisticated, well-traveled, and well-cultured. He possesses a great sense of humor, a team-first mentality, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a natural talent in business development, negotiations, and interpersonal relations. He is a pleasure to work with, and is a good friend to many of his colleagues. Vasili is open and transparent about his workload, progress, concerns, goals, etc. ​If, during a project, complications arise, Vasili is quick to address issues with clear expectations of deadlines and rationale behind any adjustments.​ He has tremendous personal qualities and a strong skill-set and natural grace and aptitude for business development and relationship building with other organizations. He is a strong negotiator, and an optimistic, energetic, supportive teammate. ​An entrepreneur at heart, he thinks on his feet and is comfortable selling a product that exists, or the promise of a product that could exist. In short, he has a ton going for him and a bright future. On a personal level, it has been a great reward for me to work with Vasili, and I look forward to continuing to see him grow toward reaching his full, vast, potential.
Vasili is a problem-solving, creative-thinking, hyper-organized, force of nature. He is a worldly man who speaks multiple languages fluently, and brings great energy to the office. His friendly-competitive fire brings out the best in any team that he is a part of. He used his varied skill-set, and innate ability to learn on the fly to plan, execute and lead many successful experimental programs at CoachUp.
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