There are a few breeds of soccer coaches that I totally detest and I don’t want to have anything top do with them, in any shape, form or way whatsoever!
1. Barrel scrapers, 2. Brown noses 3. He/she that knows it all.
1. Soccer coaches that simply want to rake out the cash a parent has in their wallet… Barrel Scrapers!
Either lone coaches or entire organizations, I can’t stand them. Anyone that thinks more about the cash rather than the development of the players, is not a coach for me. Anyone that charges crazy prices for a private session or explodes the price of a camp knowing that there is no competition to compete with them, I can’t stand them.
I’m proud to say that I’m the total opposite. I re-invest every penny I make into purchasing professional goalkeeper training equipment. The students are the most important factor, without them I would have no academy, the students are the academy!
Clubs that force their players to buy their uniforms at ridiculously inflated prices and cough up tournament after tournament. Penny pinching here, there, everywhere!!
The Barrel Scraper wont last that long in one location, they will exploit an area and move on, seeking for another community that has wealth soccer parents willing to spend!
2. The Brown-Nose soccer coach, is not a star coach, he/she is just a filthy suck-up!!
You can pin point them out really fast. they’re the disappointed ones when one of their fellow coaches takes the spotlight in a meeting or when is praised by the club, they warm up to every new club owner, and most of their conversation at club or academy school events is with the president or anyone close to that rank. You’ll see them nod their head involuntarily every single time the “BOSS” speaks.
They will also try to get between you and your boss, they’ll go behind your back and report anything you said or done that isn’t in the companies handbook.
I have one of these “Brown-Noses” at the organization where I work. He will comment in a negative way on anything I post on social media, he will try to correct me, giving me non functional tips, he has gone behind my back snitching. The boss comes back laughing every time, letting me in on the latest snitching and we both sit back and laugh.
My academy is capped, his? NOT! This could be the cause!
Great sports companies, soccer clubs and academies need great contributors, they need individuals of high character who are able to think for themselves and not just play the part or rub up to the boss. That means finding leaders capable of questioning the status quo and providing legitimate input, not just compliance.”
3. Soccer Coaches That Think They Know It All Set A Bad Example For Rookie Coaches and Soccer Players in General
When I was still in school and playing soccer back in Rome (Italy) I would pay for my expenses by working part-time doing electrical work for a industrial fridge company. I was 19 at the time, I would run my mouth, tell jokes on the job… kids stuff! The owner would always tell me: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you’re crazy than to open it and remove all doubt.” He was a cool dude and I picked up a lot of life-living experience from him.
Dealing with a soccer coach that Think-They-Know-It-All is to give their bad ideas the hook, and take them off the stage. Basically your goal is to catch them in the act and give their horrible ideas the proverbial hook, just as bad acts were removed from the stage in the 1800’s.
I Give the coach a little attention and backtrack their comments with enthusiasm. Acknowledge positive intent rather than wasting your time with their content and ending up debating with them. Give the person a break and simply resist the temptation in making them look stupid. Make them an ally by giving them a way out and again minimizing the chance of putting them on the defensive.
Coaches who think they know everything about soccer, your coaching methods, and the world in general are typically great at debate. That’s because they’re skilled at constructing arguments that suit their imaginary purposes. They’re forceful in presenting their own arguments but not open to your ideas, even if they know you’re 100% spot-on. Most times, it’s better to avoid the debate.
But what about the kids, the players? This coach has a team! The whole team pays the price for the actions of a coach that thinks they’re the best thing that has ever happened to soccer in general!
Here is a perfect example:
One of my students, a very talented 15 year old goalkeeper shows up at my Friday GK academy like always, only that this time he has a question to address. He asked me about “Punting” and that his club team coach corrected him when he was using his left hand to deliver the ball to his right foot when making a punt (Just like the top UEFA and USSF GK coaches ask their students to do ). Well, the keeper told the coach that this is how he had been taught by his GK coach. The club coach told the GK that I was wrong. YIKES! Well, I posted a video on how to make punts and I tagged a few people (lol). Did that work? No it didn’t! At the end I told the keeper to tell his coach “yes” and move on!
Luckily these coaches are easily identified and are isolated from the rest of the coaching world!