I have been involved in soccer for most of my life, starting my playing career at the age of 6 to 44 until
knee issues forced an end to my competitive playing days.
I started coaching at the age of 15, working with younger players as a mentor then stepping into a team
coach role. This is a formula that I believe very strongly in to this day as the impact of older players
helping with Micro and Mini players has a huge positive impact on both the players that are being
mentored and the players doing the mentoring. It also helps the older players have a better
understanding of the total game, and the nuances of coaching various skill levels, age groups, and
I have been fortunate to have coached players from 5 years old to adults, skill levels from house to elite,
males and females, in organized club settings, recreational leagues, and in schools. As a coach, being a
student of the game is critical to adapting coaching styles and philosophies as the game evolves. The
emphasis has to be on having fun; if you are not enjoying the game you play you will never be able to
achieve the level you want to be at, or achieve the release from the stress of every day. More
importantly, we place our children in sports to help them to understand and cope with the life
challenges that are ahead.
I have always believed very strongly that a coach’s job at any level within a club is to develop the players
skills, teach the technical aspects of the game, and give players the ability to move on to the level that
they are comfortable playing at, but with the greatest emphasis on having fun. All of us, professional or
amateur play games because we enjoy them.
I am a strong believer in making myself a better coach through education, observation and
communication. In my career I have pursued and attained certifications in coaching, administration,
sports medicine, and program management. To me every day is a learning day.
I have been able to apply my skills in many facets in soccer over the years from administration,
officiating and coaching to running and overseeing developmental programs, most recently as the Head
Coach for WCAGFC Mini Program from 2014 to 2019 working with players and coaches in the U8 to U10
age groups, girls and boys.