I was lucky to play for amazing coaches during my 21 years as a soccer player. When I played for World Class Soccer Club in Connecticut, my coaches Tom Goodman and Ed Gardiner taught me to love the game and to make sacrifices to succeed. I missed my junior prom to go to a tournament where I stood out to Syracuse Coach April Kater. In my 4 years as a starter and all time leading scorer at Syracuse, April taught me how to read the opponent and fine tune my skills as a forward. After college, I played semi pro with the Boston Renegades. Peter Bradley taught me that regardless of age or level, every practice should be fun. He also taught me flexibility in positioning and FINALLY how to fix my first touch! I was named MVP of the National Championship playing a position I learned one month before! All of these coaches helped me on my path to making a dream come true: playing professionally. I made the Boston Breakers in the WUSA in 2003. I played under Pia Sundhage who went on to coach the USWNT to 2 Olympic gold medals and currently coaches the Brazilian Women's National Team. I have taken lessons, drills, tips, ideas and wisdom from these amazing coaches to shape my coaching style.
As a Player:
Teaching elementary students and coaching soccer players require many of the same skills. On the field, I implement skills that I use to motivate and teach students in the classroom. Kids learn best when:
1. Having fun
2. Feeling confident
3. Taught explicitly
4. Given challenges or reteaching based on performance
Over 17 years, I have taught grades K, 2, 3 and 4. Check out my videos that break down soccer skills the way I would break down words and math problems!
It is not always easy coaching your own children in youth sports. I have coached both of my children teams in Pre-K through travel team. I'd love to share what I've learned, where I've stumbled, and how I've excelled!
Check out my blog for tips regarding:
~Balancing role of parent and coach
~Handling tricky behaviors
~Creating a familiy friendly environment
~Is it worth it? (YES!!!!!)
~Tips for success