College Soccer Coaching

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Collegiate Soccer Coach "You will never be better than the image you have of yourself." (D. Vasic, personal communication, January 22, 2001). These were the words first spoken to me by my new coach, Djuradj Vasic upon my arrival to the 3rd league German soccer club, 1FC Schweinfurt 05. He knew very well of my physical capabilities and all the goals I had scored, however, he wanted to address my mental/psychological state and show me that I had so much more to learn. This great coach brought out so much more in my game than I could have possibly imagined just because he knew how. It is these little pieces of gold that help make good soccer players, great ones, and it is my dream to be able to pass this knowledge onto college players in the game that has been so very good to me. Great players and great teams are made by great coaches with the technical, tactical and academic knowledge. It is my professional soccer experience, technical and academic knowledge, and love for the game that will make me a great collegiate soccer coach. There is so much more involved than just being a soccer coach at the college level. Though there are many positions available at numerous positions throughout the country, the needed certification and experience, level of education, and the job duties and functions requirement shrinks the potential coaches’ pool considerably. The coaches salary varies, depending on level of experience and expectations of the school, so the coaches professional goal must be taken into consideration whether or not it would be a good fit for both the coach and the school. Currently there are 91 soccer coaching positions publically available in the NCAA (Job Search, 2014) and all of them require at a minimum a 4 year college degree, either a USSF license or a NSCAA coaching certification, at least 2 years coaching at the collegiate level and advanced

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