FIVE QUESTIONS WITH
What is your favorite age group to coach and why?
I enjoy coaching the younger ages because it all about coaching the ABCs of soccer. Laying down that foundation that will carry each player through their entire soccer career.
What is the most important part of a player’s pre-match ritual?
The most important part of every player’s pre-match ritual should be the mental preparation. Creativity, competitiveness, and decision making all come from the brain telling the body what to do. Many times I have heard players say that “their head just wasn’t in it today”. Why is that? What can you do to change that for next time?
What’s the best advice you ever got from one of your own coaches?
Focus on what you do best. Stop trying to be something that you are not. Players sometimes focus so much on what areas they may be weaker in that they completely forget and neglect what makes them the player they are. Aim to strengthen your weaknesses but master you strengths.
What is the one thing every surf player should work on/ practice in between trainings?
Ball mastery! 15-20 minutes of technical work 2-3 times a week at practice is not enough. An extra 20 minutes in the backyard, park or garage can make a difference. Take the opportunity to have an unstructured session on your own and be creative.
Favorite end of season gift you’ve ever received or team party idea?
All the cards I have received over the years have always made me smile. Simply knowing that that team, player, or parent took a moment to sit and reflect on the time I spent coaching them means a lot to me.