…as an educator you lead by example not by arrogance.
I have been coaching for more than 35 years, starting when I was 16 with an Under-8 boys team. My current position is with the Southwest United Technical Team, focusing on the development of the 2009 Boys program. During the 35+ years, I have coached both boys and girls and men and ladies’ programs – of which I have been fortunate enough to be successful multiple times at the provincial level with a team from each one of these groups.
I spent a season with the Under-15 girls team competing in the Super-Y program, under the USL. I was asked to continue with the U-17 Super-Y program the following season, however, the organization was unable to successfully receive provincial support and the Super-Y was no longer supported in Alberta.
I currently hold a “C” and “Youth” License from the USSF.
From a playing perspective, outside of not playing competitively for the past 15 years, I had played for 20+ years at a collegiate and amateur level. I would have continued to play, however, the demands associated with the clubs I was coaching simply didn’t allow for enough time in my schedule.
As far as why I continue to coach, given that I grew up playing the game, I enjoy being able to assist in the development of young players wanting to establish their own path. I couldn’t find the CSA ID Number, etc. The best I could find is one of the badges from the Provincial Licensing Courses.