How would you describe your style of coaching?
Over the years you develop your way of working. When you are a younger coach, you see things differently. You run into a few walls, so to speak, and you then realize that what you are doing hurts. In time you adapt. For me, communication being clear and concise is important, but I have never liked people trying to use or exploit me.
I’m not really a disciplinarian, although I do like structure and order. I suppose you could say that I have an inner core of hardness, and an ordered mind, because you have to be strong when you take on a leadership role as a Head Coach and as a Director of Coaching within an Elite status Club like Prince William Soccer Inc. Things can work only when you give players direction, and this means you need to be focused and determined. I don’t like individuals who consider themselves more important that the team. My philosophy bears on Player first, Club second and Team third. When you have top-level players who make sacrifices for the team, then you have a winning formula.
What is most annoying about today’s soccer?
Today, the young players come feeling entitled and enabled and don’t have their performances assessed efficiently. They arrive with the wrong idea about their worth, and this creates negativity before they start to develop their potential. It is certainly a problem in today’s game and something that coaches have to counter if progress is to be made.
What has been the highlight of your coaching career?
Winning titles is important for any coach, and I have been blessed to win a few, but I have always viewed myself as a teacher, and my focus is on modeling a team in line with my philosophy and vision. The best feeling is achieving success, which in turn gains you a step up the ladder in your career.
The public is unaware of the effort you put into this, and the satisfaction you get from improving your position in the game and the players you coach. Seeing my daughter place the penalty kick in the lower left corner to beat Brazil in the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany was so very special, a great moment that was priceless as the Mastercard commercials advertise. The Virginia AAA ,National and State Championships won with C.D.Hylton High School were also great moments, especially when you consider the community we live within and the size and talent ability of opponents as those from areas including Northern Virginia, Richmond, Roanoke, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. Finally, the Runner-up medal from the 2000 USYSA National Youth Championship with my Prince William Soccer U16 Girls Team “Sparklers” was a “best moment” coaching Youth soccer.