Becoming A Parent Coach

A good coach can make a 10% improvement in a player’s abilities;

A bad coach can have a 50% negative impact!

The Maroons coach selection process involves a quantitative and qualitative interview process.

The quantitative assessment includes:

  • Coach education: every coach must meet a minimum level of coach license, based on player age
  • Completion of Rutger’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 coach’s knowledge against the 4 pillars of player developmental, 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:
  • 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? Discuss teaching approach
    • What are your goals for individual player? For the team?
    • How do you plan to manage parents behavior and expectations?
    • One of the most common issues on a team is a multiple sport athlete. What would be your approach or perspective? 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

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