My objective is to guide the team to improvement in their performance. This is accomplished by:
When there is a well planned and executed process for player development, the team will improve. Although not guaranteed, with improvement comes a greater chance for winning. Performance though, is always valued over results. Success as a team is measured by the increasing ability to execute our playing style against higher and higher quality of competitors.
While my role is coaching football, the starting point is always each individual player as a person. This means that the overall intention which I contribute to as a coach is the development of young people. It is my opinion, both for myself personally and also as a parent and coach, that the life goal for anyone should be to live in a way that enhances well-being for yourself and others. Consequently, my coaching aims to contribute to the physical, psychological, social and emotional health of players as well as to the development of positive, respectful relationship within the team which enable each team member to grow towards greater levels of wellbeing.
Along these lines, my core beliefs relating to well-being are:
Team Cultural Guideposts are:
What players and parents can expect from me:
What is expected of the players:
Training Environment consists of the following standards and characteristics:
Just as I demand that players give their 100% to improve, I believe that the players deserve the same commitment from their coach. Better coaches equal better players. To that effect, here are some of courses I have completed to improve my coaching actions:
USSF B License
UEFA B License
Football Coach Evolution (Formerly World Football Academy)-
-2022-Upcoming in June – 5 day course at Real Madrid & Athletico Madrid
-2021-2022 Yearlong Pro-Course
-2021- 5 day online Pro-course
-2020-2021 Yearlong Online Mentorship
-2020-2021 Yearlong Online Pro-Course
-2019-Expert meeting 5 day course in Split, Croatia at Hajduk Split
-2019-Pro Course 5 day course in Leipzig, Germany at Redbull Leipzig
-2018-Expert meeting 5 day course in Brugge, Belgium at Clube Brugge
-2017-Mentorship 5 day course in Amsterdam
-2017-Expert Meeting 5 day course in Lisbon, Portugal at Benfica
-2015-Periodization Course 3 day course in North Carolina
Passion for Possession – 2 separate one day courses taught by Albert Capellas – U21 coach
Denmark, Former Youth Coordinator of Barcelona’s academy, La Masia
WSG Futsal Clinic One day course Instructed by US National team coach Keith Tozer
La Liga Methodology – two 3 day courses taught by Gari Fulluando former Director of Methodology at La
Liga, Athletico Madrid and Technical and Methodological Advisor for LaLiga as well as the
Committee of Football Coaches of the Royal Spanish Football Federation
Fiorentina Methodology - 3 day course instructed by Prof. Vincenzo Vergine, Technical Director of
Italian Serie A club ACF Fiorentina
Muelensteen Method – 3 day clinic taught by Rene Muelensteen (Assistant Coach Manchester United
First Team )
-Moves & Skills
-KNVB - Coaching Youth Soccer Seminar
-Loyola University Chicago – Masters in Education – Curriculum and Instruction
ROADRUNNERS SOCCER CLUB Coach 2009 - present
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO MEN’S SOCCER Assistant Coach 1996 – 2003; 2010-2012
GLENBARD EAST HIGH SCHOOL Head Coach, Varsity Boys’ Soccer 2003
CHICAGO FIRE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Coach 2002
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO - 4 Year Varsity Player
Why did you choose to play soccer?
I started when I was four and absolutely fell in love with the game from the first day I played. I also played baseball, the drums and participated in gymnastics but for me nothing compared to soccer. I was lucky to have good coaches and made a lot of good friends which always made it fun to be on the team and play.
Why did you choose to coach soccer?
The reason I coach is to be a positive, transformative influence in children's lives. By helping kids to pursue excellence in soccer I believe I can assist them in discovering and pursuing their own unique talents and potential. My ultimate goals for players are: 1-to help them develop a love for Soccer and to develop them to the best of their potential, 2- to understand the importance of treating people well, 3-to give them confidence in their self-worth and self-efficacy, and 4-to value goal setting and hard work.
I believe that the game and it's coaching should be adjusted appropriately to what the players are capable of understanding and executing. The child's game should not resemble the adult's game. The youth game is about development, not winning. Winning is a by-product of an environment with the right priorities. Therefore, I follow a curriculum that focuses on individual skills early on and moves towards a greater emphasis on team and tactics in the teenage years. Throughout a player's entire development, I stress the importance of building upon their strengths by challenging them to grow by pushing them out of their comfort zone, playing different positions, and learning through making mistakes. Additionally, at all ages it is most important for the players to love the game and love being part of our team. If they have a passion for those, that creates the energy and willingness to overcome challenges and put in the work required for success.