Coach Brad · Development · Education · Leadership · Youth Sports

Player Growth Through Coaching

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Two weeks ago, I had a fabulous opportunity to direct a soccer camp that featured participants between the ages of 4 and 14. With a smaller enrollment, we were able to focus intentionally on skill development with the older group for the first few hours… Continue reading Player Growth Through Coaching

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Leadership Opportunities for Young Athletes

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. —Warren Bennis (Pioneer of Leadership Studies) Finding meaningful opportunities to learn how to be a leader as a young person are often limited and haphazard… Continue reading Leadership Opportunities for Young Athletes

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Learning is a Lifetime Activity

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi Taking opportunities to learn fosters growth and transformation. Not taking these opportunities limits your ability for improvement. Within every profession, learning opportunities exist and must be taken advantage of if development and leadership are the goal. When daily learning is combined… Continue reading Learning is a Lifetime Activity

Coach Matt

Continuing Education: Leadership & Teambuilding Seminar

Growth and development are instrumental toward the success of any program. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a Leadership and Teambuilding conference hosted by SkillPath Seminars this week. This blog post series will highlight three key concepts (Leadership Qualities, Delegation and Feedback) that were discussed during this one day seminar. “Everything rises… Continue reading Continuing Education: Leadership & Teambuilding Seminar

Change · Coach Brad · Coaching · Development · Education · Leadership · Success · Youth Sports

Change Creates Program Growth

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates Does your youth sports organization create a positive sports environment for all participants within the program? Do all coaches follow the organizations philosophy? Do the coach and organization have a proven developmental pathway?  Become… Continue reading Change Creates Program Growth

Coach Matt

Creating the Playoff Experience III: Strategy

In the previous posts we have been talking about the development of passion through experiences and how we as coaches create the best experiences for our athletes. The first step to creating quality experiences is awareness. Awareness of who we are as coaches and how we impact and make a difference in the lives of… Continue reading Creating the Playoff Experience III: Strategy

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Creating the Playoff Experience: Part II – Awareness

“Develop the passion so that we can develop the player.”   – Paul S. A. Mairs & Richard E. Shaw from the book Coaching Outside the Box Picture: Matt Nein with former intern Tim Morrill who has a tremendous passion for strength and conditioning. Check him out at Morrill Performance at In my previous post we… Continue reading Creating the Playoff Experience: Part II – Awareness

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I Coach…

Why spend my time working with sport participants?  It sure isn’t for wins and losses…Wins and losses do not last as the next game is always on the horizon.  I COACH… I coach to create positive relationships. I coach to have and promote fun. I coach to be involved with feelings of jubilation and success. I… Continue reading I Coach…

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Coaching Tips 2 – Miguel Lopez – Coaching Points with Detail

Coach Miguel is back with another Thursday soccer coaching tip.  Coach Miguel has just registered for the NSCAA Premier Diploma and is beyond excited to take this course in January.  It will be a fantastic time for him to continue his growth as a coach and a leader.  For this post, Coach Miguel writes about giving… Continue reading Coaching Tips 2 – Miguel Lopez – Coaching Points with Detail

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Coaching Tips – Miguel Lopez Style

Miguel Lopez is the Hilton Head Academy Director at Storm Soccer Academy.  A young coach in age, he has numerous experiences working with young soccer players between the ages of 5 and 13.  The number of hours he has spent coaching and education he has received at such a young age has created his ability… Continue reading Coaching Tips – Miguel Lopez Style