We recently interviewed one of CoachUp’s private soccer coaches Coach Michael F. With many years of soccer coaching experience under his belt and a successful athletic career that led to playing professional soccer, Coach Michael deserves to shine under the spotlight.
Tell us about yourself.
I have over 20 years of experience playing soccer, and I am still currently playing professional soccer in Philadelphia. I have coached many camps and done personal training for all different ages.
Why did you decide to become a private coach?
I find joy in working with kids who have dreams and aspirations of playing at a higher level, whether it be club soccer, college, or professional. I remember being a young soccer player who was always looking for people who had accomplished what I wanted to do with soccer, and I believe I can be that extra tool to help them move forward.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
I enjoy seeing the athletes realizing improvements in their game through hard work and dedication.
What can a client expect from private lessons with you?
You can expect a very detailed training session. Players are often given orders by a coach, however never taught HOW to do the orders in the first place. I find fun ways to incorporate fundamental skills and tactical awareness.
What is your coaching style or philosophy?
Soccer should be fun! That is the reason we all start playing the sport at such a young age. It should stay that way! I also believe that hard work and the sacrifices you are willing to make will determine how far you get in the sport.
Who is your favorite coach and why?
My favorite coach is Michael Laudrup of Swansea City because he understands the game like very few. He finds a way to make average players come together and become great players.
What is your favorite moment in your athletic career?
My favorite moment has to be scoring against Real Madrid in a friendly game we played here in Philadelphia.
Did you participate in your sport in high school and college?
I was freshman of the year and a 4 year all first team player (2 years at CSUF, 2 years at UNC). I went to 2 College Cups.
What other sports or activities do you enjoy playing or practicing?
I enjoy fishing in my spare time. It's very relaxing and easy to do.
What is your favorite sports related movie?
What's your mantra or favorite saying (in the context of sport and/ or life)?
“When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win” by Ed Macauley
What team do you root for most enthusiastically? (any sport)
I am a huge fan of AC Milan.
Do you have any special talents or a surprising thing someone might not know about you?
I enjoy nature more than most people! I like camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, etc.
Coach Michael books private soccer coaching sessions on CoachUp, and his profile can be viewed here.