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When Soccer New England was born, soccer coaching was generally done by inexperienced parents with few opportunities to learn the sport.
One story published in March '89 told of a local coach who had to drive to North Carolina to take the USSF's "D" License course. Now many programs provide free tuition for coaching licenses and/or require a minimum USSF/NSCAA license.
SNE has published hundreds of coaching articles and interviews with numerous coaches and directors over the years. It remains a subject that warrants our attention.
One trend from the past few years, for example, is the proliferation of paid coaches. Quite apart from the dramatic increase in the cost of participation this caused, has it also created a win-first mentality and stifled player development?
After all, a paid coach, it could be argued, might feel pressure to prove his or her value by winning, which in turn could lead to short cuts and aggressively recruiting better players instead of developing those already on the team.
These issues and many others are covered in this section. If you have any views on coaching, send us an email and we'll publish your comments here. Scroll down for more.
Latest Soccer Coaching Articles
11/14/11 - Jay Heaps to become new Revs head coach. The Boston Globe is reporting that former Revs defender and current color commentator Jay Heaps is to be named the next Revolution head coach at a press conference on Tuesday.
10/24/11 - Nicol out as Revs head coach. After much speculation, the inevitable has happened. Steve Nicol's tenure as head coach of the New England Revolution is over.
2/28/11 - Brown grieves after loss of longtime coach. The New England soccer community mourns along with the Brown University women's soccer team after the body of longtime women's soccer assistant coach Denis Chartier was found last Saturday inside his parked car in a commuter parking lot in Griswold, Conn. Chartier was 56.
1/12/11 - Liverpool: Out with the old, in with the old?. That Liverpool and John Henry chose to sack manager Roy Hodgson is no surprise. However, while replacing him with Kenny Dalglish is a good PR move, it remains to be seen if it will be part of the long-term solution to Liverpool's on field woes.
12/2/10 - Figueroa named head coach at Lowell. A UMass-Lowell legend took the helm for the River Hawks as Christian Figueroa was named head coach of the men's soccer team this week.
6/14/10 - Clark Leaves Harvard for Creighton. Harvard University Soccer Coach Jamie Clark has resigned to take over as head coach of Creighton University.
4/19/10 - Carl Junot Named Head Coach at Tufts. Carl Junot, the assistant coach at Harvard University for the past two seasons, has been named head coach of the Tufts University men's soccer program.
1/17/20 - Ed Matz Named Head Coach at UMass. Ed Matz, the former Northeastern women's soccer head coach and 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, has been named Women's head coach at UMass.
1/5/10 - Mike Noonan Leaves Brown for Clemson. Mike Noonan, one of the most successful coaches in Brown University's soccer history, has left the program after 15 years in order to take the reins at Clemson.
10/18/09 - Mariner Leaves Revs for England.
The New England Revolution's 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire Saturday night was the final game assistant coach Paul Mariner will be with the team.
10/7/09 - BC Coach Earns Local Hall Nod.
Boston College head men's soccer coach Ed Kelly will be inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame this November.
8/4/09 - Conn. Native Fired from KC.
Connecticut native Curt Onalfo was fired yesterday as head coach of the Kansas City Wizards.
7/24/09 - Napoli Named UMass Women's Coach.
AMHERST, Mass. - Former University of Massachusetts standout goalkeeper Angela Napoli has been appointed UMass women?s soccer head coach for the 2009 season, replacing longtime coach Jim Rudy, who retired this spring after 21 years at the helm.
7/1/09 - McNeil Joins BC as Coach.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Kia McNeill is coming back to her alma mater.
6/22/09 - UVM Legend Greig Passes Away.
Former University of Vermont coach and UVM Athletics Hall of Famer Hal Greig passed away in Ticonderoga, N.Y. Wednesday after a long, courageous battle with an illness.
6/11/09 - Assumption Women Hire Melia.
Glenn Melia, a Sutton, Mass. native and former standout forward with the United States Air Force Academy, has been named the womenï¿½s soccer coach at Assumption College.
6/9/09 - Conn. College Men Name New Coach.
Kenny Murphy, assistant soccer coach at Brown University, has been named head coach of the Connecticut College menï¿½s soccer program.
6/8/09 - NEFC Announces New Staff.
As part of the merger between New England Eagles and FC Puma, the resulting club will be expanding into the South Shore of Massachusetts.
6/4/09 - Automated Team Notification.
Wouldnï¿½t it be great to be able to reach all of your players with a single phone call?
5/28/09 - Hartford Coach Joins Portugal Staff.
Hartford's men's soccer coach Dan Gaspar has been invited by the Portuguese Football Federation to join its national team staff in preparation for its upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
5/19/09 - The Coach's Corner: Putting Things in Perspective .
I was due to write a blog in December, but somehow I never got around to doing so. Procrastination saw my deadline pass and days late turned into weeks late and now months late. But like Iniesta's equalizing goal for Barcelona in the recent Champions League semi final at Chelsea, it is definitely a case of better late than never.
4/24/09 - Gallagher to Coach Holy Cross Women.
The College of the Holy Cross has named Darren Gallagher as its new head women's soccer coach, as he becomes the sixth head coach in the history of the program.
4/21/09 - UML Tips Scales as New Coach.
Bryan Scales, a native of Medway, Mass., is the new head coach of the UMass-Lowell men's soccer program.
4/7/09 - Providence Hires Dean Coach.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Former Dean College head coach John Mark Andrade has been hired at Providence College to assist men's head coach Chaka Daley.
3/6/09 - Redefining Competition in Youth Soccer.
To what degree should competition function in youth soccer tournaments that risk emphasizing winning over more important aspects of player development, such as fun and improvement?
2/23/09 - Lepore Holds Academy Symposium.
CHICAGO ï¿½ U.S. Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore conducted his second Academy Symposium of the year on Feb. 11 during the USA-Mexico match.
2/17/09 - In-Game Coaching at Tournaments.
Over-coaching, or over-instruction, has become one of the worst plagues in American Youth soccer. It flares up most during tournaments, when the intense atmosphere and emphasis on winning causes coaches to try to control their playersï¿½ every movement.
2/8/09 - Coaching Your First Futsal Tournament.
For many soccer coaches, both veterans and novices, coaching a futsal tournament is a new concept. Although the sport shares the same DNA as soccer, coaches should be aware of the unique benefits that the sport provides and the unique approach to coaching it allows.
2/5/09 - Hoolman Joins BC Staff.
Franklin Pierce University has announced the resignation of men's soccer head coach Marco Koolman, who has accepted a coaching position on Ed Kelly's men's soccer staff at Boston College.
1/17/09 - Repetition Without Being Repetitious.
I have often been told that ï¿½repetition is the mother of all learning.ï¿½ I have accepted this premise as an axiom to live by and have been fairly diligent about implementing this into my soccer training sessions.
1/16/09 - The Importance of "Down Time" at Tournaments.
"Down time," or the off time that occurs between and after games, serves as a crucial period for players to relax, unwind, bond, and recharge. As a coach, you should think about the purpose such time serves and the opportunities it allows.
1/15/09 - DiCicco on the Breakers.
Heading into Friday?s WPS Draft, in which they hold the first overall selection, the Boston Breakers' roster has already taken shape.
12/30/08 - Regional Honor for SNHU Coach.
MANCHESTER, N.H. ï¿½ Southern New Hampshire University menï¿½s soccer coach Marc Hubbard was named the NSCAA/adidas Division II East Region Coach of the Year. Hubbard is now eligible for Division II Coach of the Year honors, which will be announced Jan. 16.
12/29/08 - UMass Coach Recognized by NSCAA.
AMHERST, Mass. - After leading the UMass men's soccer team to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, coach Sam Koch was named the NSCAA/adidas Mid-Atlantic Region Coach Of The Year.
12/16/08 - Four More Years for Sundhage.
CHICAGO ï¿½ U.S. womenï¿½s soccer coach Pia Sundhage will lead the team for another four years through the 2012 Olympics, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Monday.
12/10/08 - Sacred Heart Coach Inducted to Conn. HOF.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart menï¿½s soccer coach Joe Barroso has been selected for induction into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.
11/19/08 - Part III: Coach Downie's Story.
It seems only proper to complete this section on Southwick by giving a coach from the area a chance to add his voice to this discussion.
11/13/08 - Mass Coach Hired by USL.
TAMPA, FL -- Boston College alum and Massachusetts youth coach Kate Thibault has been hired as the United Soccer League's Associate Director of Super Y-League Operations.
11/12/08 - How Soccer Explains New England: Southwick Style Part II.
While most Americans anxiously waited for the network's talking heads to use holographic images to tell us who won the election, we all know what New Englanders were anxiously awaiting. And here it is, part two of my diatribe on soccer in Southwick.
11/3/08 - How Soccer Explains new England: Southwick Style.
I know it's been more than two weeks since my last post, but like my students say -- "I've got a great excuse."
10/7/08 - Local Coach at id2 Training Camp.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. ï¿½ The first of three US Club Soccer id2 Regional Training Camps was held this weekend in Zarephath, N.J., with help from a local soccer coach.
9/26/08 - The Coach's Corner: One Hectic Summer.
I put a red line through the box on my calendar for May 5. It represented the end of the 2007-08 Quinnipiac University academic year.
9/17/08 - Calcagni Elected MAPLE Commissioner.
Charlie Calcagniï¿½s start in soccer was not unlike that of most men in the early ï¿½80s ï¿½ accidental.
Coaching Uniform Tips.
Hereï¿½s a familiar scenario for a soccer coach or team manager: You order 20-25 uniforms for your club, town or high school team. A few years go by and now you need five more shirts, but the other ones are still in good condition. You have some budget limits, so youï¿½d really like to just order the number of shirts you need.
Quincy's Murphy Let Go By Clavijo.
Quincy native John Murphy was removed of his duties as one of coach Fernando Clavijoï¿½s assistants with the Colorado Rapids last week.
Lepore Plugging Away for Academy.
CHICAGO -- With the US Development Academy in full swing with matches kicking off in various states across the nation on any given weekend, Director of Scouting Dave Sarachan, and full-time Academy scouts Tony Lepore and Raul Diaz Arce travel the nation and assign scouts to identify, assign and evaluate players on a weekly basis.
Sarachan Takes in Academy.
CHICAGO ï¿½ U.S. Development Academy Director of Scouting Dave Sarachan was on hand for this weekendï¿½s slate of games, including 12 contests featuring New England teams.
Former UConn Asst. Scouts Academy.
CHICAGO ï¿½ Among the many spectators watching Thursday nightï¿½s US Development Academy match between Real Colorado and the Colorado Rapids youth team was former UConn assistant coach Bobby Muuss.
Doing the Math on Practice-to-Game ratios.
The parctice-to-game ratios for to many youth players is way out of whack. Some kids are playing up to 100 competitive games a year and, therefore, do not
have time to properly learn the game.
Small is Beatiful.
Mass. Youth Soccer's Director of Coaching would like to see the small-sided games our youngest players play made even smaller.
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