A good coach can make a 10% improvement in a playerâ€™s abilities;
A bad coach can have a 50% negative impact!
The Maroons coach selection process involves a quantitative and qualitative interview process.Â
The quantitative assessment includes:
- Coach educationâ€”every coach must meet a minimum level of coach license, based on player age:
- ÂÂ Â U8-U10 NSCAA Level II or USSF F; U11-U12 NSCAA Level IV or USSF E; U13-U14 NSCAA Level VI or USSF National D; U15-U19 NSCAA National Diploma or USSF C
- Completion of Rutgerâ€™s Safety Course
- Recommend completion of Online Concussion Awareness Course and ACL Injury Prevention
- Experience in coaching sports and specifically soccer
- Experience playing soccer
- Ability to commit to Maroons coach development process, team trainings and team games
The qualitative assessment involves:
- Discuss and review potential coachâ€™s knowledge against the 4 pillars of player developmentâ€”technical, tactical, physical, and psychological
- Personality traits & fit with team; Ability to relate to and engage players of specific age
- Philosophy & alignment with Club, especially with Style of Teaching
- Ability to relate to and lead players, parents, and team
- Responses to various panel interview questions, such as:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
- Why do you want to be a coach?
- What is your coaching philosophy?
- Your views and opinions that showcase who you are as a coach, your vision & approach to player development, how you guide players and team, and what you want to achieve
- What motto would sum up your coaching philosophy?
- How would you encourage, motivate, and build player confidence?
- What strengths do you bring to Maroons?
- What are the most important things that players can learn from you?
- What is your style of teaching?Â Discuss teaching approach
- What are your goals for individual player? For the team?
- How do you plan to manage parentsâ€™ behavior and expectations?
- One of the most common issues on a team is a multiple sport athlete. What would be your approach or perspective?Â Does this change for practices and games?
- How would you deal with a player who clearly does not want to play soccer?
- How would you deal with a player who is clearly the weakest on the team?
Parents interested in being considered as a Parent Coach should email the Director of Player Development & Coaching at MichaelCobb@optonline.net