Soccer Coach in NYC

FA, USSF, and NSCAA-certified soccer coach

My mission is to provide young players with the motivation and tools they need to develop, through a game-focused, and player-centric syllabus.

I want to develop confident, creative, skillful players who understand, and enjoy the game.

Adidas soccer ball on grass in a stadium

Overview

Over 10 years experience soccer coaching with hundreds of students.Multiple FA, USSF, and NSCAA coaching certifications.Deep, immersive knowledge of the game.

Coaching Qualifications

Key professional soccer coaching certification and awards received.

YearCertificationAssociation
2015NSCAA Level 3 DiplomaNSCAA
2015USSF US Soccer National F LicenseUSSF
2012FA Goalkeeping Coaching Award Level 1The FA; Bedfordshire FA region
2011FA Level 2The FA; London FA region
2011FA Youth Award Module 1The FA; Middlesex FA region
2011Premier Skills Practice Play Level 2Premier Skills
2010Premier Skills Practice Play Level 1Premier Skills
2010FA Level 1The FA; Middlesex FA region
2005: Marco Materazzi and Rui Costa look on at the San Siro

Coaching Experience

Background

As an avid soccer player at amateur/recreational levels, and fan of the sport for over 25 years, I transitioned from 'student of the game' to teacher in 2010.

My coaching pathway has since led me to teaching on two continents with hundreds of students from all abilities and backgrounds.

My role has developed beyond coaching. I have a background in club and league management, administration tasks, meetings, tournaments, and refereeing.

In addition, I have experience volunteering with children from low income families, with medical, developmental, emotional and behavioral problems.

I am background checked by the NYPD, NYC Department of Education, and held an FA Enhanced CRB (complete UK criminal history checks, a mandatory screening process for positions involving work with children and vulnerable adults).

I hold clean, valid US and UK car driving licenses.

Transitioning from a player

Following on from the excitement generated by the England national team's close brush with success during the 1990 World Cup Finals, I took up playing recreationally with work colleagues (after successfully playing at a junior level).

During these games, I found myself surrounded by a number of players that were formerly registered with professional clubs as younger players. (One of these players has since ended up as Academy Director at AFC Wimbledon.)

My playing with experienced players meant I had to learn quickly, reevaluate my approach, and step up my own game. I was particularly focused on working to improve my first touch, anticipation ability, and tackling skills.

In doing so, I became fascinated with learning the technical side of the game, trying to re-teach myself through tactical analysis, practice, and play.

The pathway to coaching

Fast-forward to 2010: I took my FA Level 1 coaching qualification and became an assistant at a skills-focussed soccer school under the guidance of several other experienced coaches, and learned intensively from them.

This unique, immersive experience formed the foundation of the progressive coaching skills I practice today. A number of young players from this school went on to train at development centers/academies at English professional clubs.

My knowledge at this time was advanced through working at the grassroots club level, gathering coaching experience within the youth set-up of a travel team in the seventh tier of the English football league system.

I became a FA Licensed Coach. In addition to taking coaching qualifications, I added depth to my learning with a number of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions from respected professionals in the game.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is part of being an FA Licensed Coach. It shows coaches are striving to be the best coach they can be, and that they are trying to constantly improve their skills. It means committing to a given number of hours of training per year, depending on the level of coaching qualification held.

From 2011-2013, I studied for my UEFA B License in Europe.

In addition, I've also been fortunate to discuss my coaching experience and philosophies with 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 winner, Youri Djorkaeff - and US Women's National Team World Cup and 2x Olympic Gold winner, Kristine Lilly.

As a fan of the game, I have travelled to hundreds of games in the UK, USA, France, Spain, and Italy - at all levels and age-groupings, from U-21 and full international fixtures, to UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and the top four levels of the English football league system.

Outside of soccer, I practiced mixed-martial arts (MMA), specializing in Muay Thai, Boxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, for over 10 years. Since 2016, I have engaged myself in distance running completing eight marathons in four US cities, 11 half-marathons and over 50 races at other distances in the US and UK.

José Mourinho, Internazionale

Employment History

Notable soccer coaching positions held since 2010; I currently manage a division of over 100 girls in NYC.

RoleOrganizationLocationDates
Volunteer Coach and Division HeadWest Side Soccer League / AYSONew York, NY2016-Present
Private Soccer CoachVarious locationsNew York, NY2015-Present
Volunteer CoachNew York CaresNew York, NY2016
Head CoachSonic SoccerBrooklyn, NY2013-2015
Skills CoachFootball FootballLondon, UK2012
U-16 Coach (Travel Team)Wingate & Finchley FCLondon, UK2012
U-15 Coach (Travel Team)Wingate & Finchley FCLondon, UK2011
U-11 Coach/Interim ManagerWood Green Youth FCLondon, UK2011-2012
Coach/Interim ManagerMinistry of FootballLondon, UK2010-2013

"Football is changing. Players are quicker, stronger and more creative. Teams work harder, cover more distance and face more challenges than ever before.

In ten years, the game will have moved on. It will be played at a higher pace with more ingenious tactics."

- Petr Cech, Chelsea F.C., 2007

Continuous Professional Development

Additional soccer coaching training received in addition to existing certification, organized by the London FA, and Middlesex FA.

CoachSubject
Brian Eastick, former England U20 Head CoachPlaying "through the thirds": possession-based training session.
Chris Ramsey, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Head of Player DevelopmentThe killer pass. Chris is currently Technical Director at Queens Park Rangers.
Tony Carr, West Ham United FC, Director of Youth DevelopmentThe role of the full back in the modern game. ~Now retired, Tony is credited with producing talent which has earned an estimated £80 million in transfer fees for West Ham United football club.
Richard Horner (Middlesex FA, The FA)Focussed on coaching principles around pre-season activities for younger players.
Peter Trevivian, The FAAttacking principles - build up play through the midfield.
Dick Bate, The FADefending principles – developing techniques and tactical understanding for central defenders.
Liverpool manager, Bill Shankly

Contact

Contact me for enquiries regarding coaching services via the email form below.

"As the game gets quicker, the role of the coach can never be underestimated. Coaches are essential for teaching and developing players at every level of football. To give their players the best advantage, coaches must be aware of the latest techniques and philosophies involved in coaching the game.

Players have to react faster. Every moment, every action happens faster. Think faster, act faster – this is the football of the future."

- Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Kiev, 1996

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