The best way to improve the team is to improve us.” –John Wooden
I was given an opportunity to coach for Sporting San Diego at the beginning of 2016. I am now heading into my second year as Head Coach for Sporting’s 2003 Girls soccer team. My first year as Head Coach was full of excitement, intimidation, frustration, happiness, and success. Coming in as a first year Coach was intimidating and scary because I really had no idea what I was getting into. Sporting provided me with support from not only other coaches within the club, but also the “behind the scenes” staff that has been a key component to Sporting’s success.
Kicking off 2016 I was able to Coach Sporting’s first 2003 Girls soccer team. Once we made it through the try out process I was able to make calls to parents and begin my first year as a head coach. My team was a mixing pot of girls that came from different backgrounds, level of skill and personalities. Luckily, this diversity is what contributed to our successes throughout the year. We spent our time working on our technical skills, participating in team bonding activities, and really getting to know each other in order to build strong team chemistry. During the summer we made it to two tournament Championship games, finishing as Finalists in both. I considered this to be very rewarding for the girls as some of them had never played in a sanctioned soccer tournament! The year seemed to fly by and before I knew it we were moving into the 2017 season.
Moving into the new season I have a wonderful mix of both veteran and new players. I was able to keep a core group of girls from my first year which has provided my team with a sense of stability and experience. The new additions have increased the level of play and competition within each other, which will ultimately improve each player and the team overall. I went from a squad of 13 to a squad of 18. Every player brings a different strength and energy to the table, which is what makes this team so special to me.
Overall, I know that the girls and myself are very excited for this teams future. Not just for this upcoming year, but as they move into the following years as well. I would like to personally thank all the parents that have been and will be involved with our team. Without the dedication and hard work from them, the successes I have seen thus far would not have been possible. I think I speak for everyone when I say, I am very excited for this new season and can’t wait to see the girls play for the patch!