Implemented a layered "Safe & Effective Coaching Practices" Program as part of the Coach Proficiency Framework.
Coach Proficiency Framework
I constructed the Coach Proficiency Framework to provide coaches a clear pathway through the clubs programming, and afford them opportunities to become coach mentors, coaches of excellence, and coaching directors. It also works as a support system for the Player Development Blueprint.
Work closely with US Soccer Coaching Instructor Paul Shaw to deliver coach education to clubs and coaches throughout the state of Virginia. Worked on the new grassroots license and had input to its delivery and content. Instructor on State and US Soccer courses.
"Steve is a consummate professional who takes great pride in his profession. He is a strong communicator and demonstrates ethical behavior at the highest level. Steve is one of the most qualified and committed coaches I've worked with, and the sport of football is lucky to have a person of his character involved in the game" - Robin Russell, UEFA and Sports Path
A Culture of Excellence
Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behavior. Behavior drives habits, and habits create the future. It all starts with culture.
Responsible for organizing a clinic for 300 underserved children from the City of Yonkers, sponsored by Chevrolet and One World Futbol Project
One World Play donated 300 indestructible balls to hand out to the children. These balls never go flat and never need a pump. They can be used on all surfaces and last forever.
One World, One Game, Millions Impacted
Blending the Physical and the Virtual
I designed an online learning environment to get players U13 and below more engaged in their personal development away from the field. The idea was not about teaching the kids skills, it was first and foremost a tool to encourage and support them actually working with a ball outside of practice and games.
Using video content with music to display certain moves and skills, the idea was to make the developmental process more fun away from the game and practice field. The site received over 1,500 visits from the targeted players.
Combining the exercises from the site with training sessions and exact testing, the overall technical growth within each targeted age group was significant.
A survey sent before I built the site asked the players if they worked with a ball on their own or with friends on their own time, and only ten percent answered yes.
Using Google and Global analytics I could see that 40 percent of our younger players 13 and below visit the site regularly, and almost 100 percent have visited the site at least twice.
Created a comprehensive club curriculum for age groups U6 through U18, that included such items as meso, macro, and micro cycles, recommended training sessions for a 9-11 week season for all age groups, nutrition and hydration guidelines, and injury prevention.
Designed a player handbook that allows all the players to better understand the clubs expectations whilst outlining such things as the systems the clubs uses, technical and tactical preparation, and position specific functional roles and responsibilities.
New York Rush Technical Director 1999-Present
Club was made up of three branches, and my responsibility was to oversee the day to day operations of each, and work closely with the clubs Coaching Directors to provide a philosophy and implement a coach and player curriculum to increase player, coach, and parent satisfaction.
Assess and evaluate staff and players and provide them with constructive feedback. Organize and coordinate informational seminars such as nutrition, fitness, and the college recruiting process. Offer monthly coaching education sessions to the entire coaching staff, and identify training priorities for specific age groups and provide coaches with model sessions and suggestions to help them and their teams.
Identify talented individuals within the club and promote them to State, Regional, and National ODP, US Club Soccer id2, and College Coaches.
Educate players and parents on club policies, procedures and philosophies on youth development through seminars and written materials, and act as a resource for all members of the club.
Girls Coaching Director Player Development Program 2012-2016
Coordinate and operate player development clinics, training sessions, and events designed to scout and evaluate players from the NYCSL and the Tri-State area. Work closely with program Technical Director, John Curtis to ensure talented players are being recognized and promoted to National identification programs such as US Club id2 Staff, and USYNT Staff.
USYS Region I Boys ODP Staff Coach 2010-Present
Responsible for training and identifying players for selection to the Region I ODP Player Pool. Coordinate with the Region I Head Coach to organize and construct functional and practical training sessions designed to highlight players strengths and weaknesses in order to enhance all components of their individual game.
US Soccer National Training Center Staff Coach 2010-2014
Worked with US Youth National Team Head Coach Richie Williams, former US Under 17 Women's National Team Head Coach Kazbek Tambi, US National Team Staff Coach and Head Coach of Region I Girls ODP, Sue Ryan, in planning and implementing training sessions under the guidance of US Soccer Technical Advisors Jill Ellis, April Kater, and April Heinrichs to help identify players with the potential to play with the US Youth National Teams, and work closely with the players to educate them on the demands of playing and training at the National Team level.