A team is a number of people working together. That means that the essence of the team concept is the interrelationships among those associated with the team, not the individual or a few individuals, but the whole team. If you are a coach and doubt that this is true, don't tell your players about your next game and go to it alone and see how you do. Unless the other team gets completely lost on its way to the field and never shows up, I bet you will leave with a distinct impression that you really do need the players.Read More
Tony DiCicco is the former Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National and Olympic Soccer Teams and the Head Coach of the U.S. U20 Women's National Team. In 2008, in his return to international soccer, he coached the U.S. to the FIFA U20 World Cup Championship in Chile. He had previously led the Full National Team to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Championship, the largest women's sporting event in history. And in 1996, he coached the US Women's Olympic Team to the first ever Gold Medal in Women's Soccer.Read More
A One on One Conversation with Billy Donovan, NBA Coach, Oklahoma Thunder. Billy Donovan was the 2nd youngest coach in the history of Division I Basketball to reach 500 wins. He has experienced nearly everything college basketball has to offer in his 20+ years as a head coach. Through that journey his perspective has evolved.Read More
From Coaches Training Room
The art of defending isn’t as complex as some soccer coaches and players fear. We’ve often felt the following set of rules of how to defend properly are overlooked. Building a team with a clear understanding of how to defend properly as a team can be the difference between success and failure. Consider the old saying “if you don’t concede, you can’t lose”. Building a team with a strong attack is very rewarding when it works, but what happens when you don’t have the ball? Or worse, can’t get the ball?Read More
For a coach to earn the respect of the players on his team, especially if working with young or teenage athletes, he must embrace several principles throughout every encounter and interaction that he may have with one or all of the members on the team. These principles are pivotal to the coach’s success in enlisting the players’ attention, engaging their active participation and entrusting them to always strive to give their best efforts in any practice or game. Through each principle, the players become more motivated and enthusiastic about the “sports experience”.Read More
Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville spoke last week about his current experience as Assistant Manager of La Liga side Valencia. He compared his coaching experiences in a new country as equivalent to a final year in University as he continues his pathway towards a Manager‘s role at a top club someday.
His comment made me think of my own coaching journey. Two weeks ago I began an Online Master’s program at the University of Stirling (Scotland) in Performance Coaching. My main motivation for enrolling in the program was to have an opportunity to learn best practices from leading coaches in other sports and improve my own skill-set at improving the performance levels of the players I coach.Read More