I was an undistinguished club and high school goalkeeper who became interested in coaching during college. After reconnecting with my former coach, I became an assistant with the Ernest Righetti High School girls varsity team, before taking over as coach of the JV team. Enamored with the profession, I began coaching club soccer San Luis Obispo Soccer Club with a boys U14 team. In the summer of 2017, I joined Paul Holocher at the San Jose Earthquakes and worked in the youth club and Development Academy. Currently, I am a coach and a director at Los Gatos United, working alongside Shaun Tsakiris and Shawn Blakeman. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in June of 2015 with a degree in Political Science.
I've been heavily influenced by Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team (2008-2012) and their possession-based style centered around coordinated team actions. The type of soccer I strive for is one that prioritizes possession through cohesive, rehearsed team movement. When we possess the ball, the whole team is expected to contribute to the retention of possession. Through possession and coordinated ball movement, we seek to disorganize the opponent, and attack. When possession is lost, the team is expected to put maximum pressure on the ball while simultaneously protecting the goal. As coach, my primary aim is to educate and teach players my style of play, and train their reactions and reading of the game so these collective actions become instinctive.
About the Site
In my blog, I will focus on sharing my coaching process by delving into the details that are important to me within training and matches, not just during a single session or game, but across a broader body of work as well.
In the 'Videos' section, you will find an assortment of match and training footage accompanied by a small description. Some videos will have a link if they are related to a blog post.
I created this site to connect with other coaches and soccer people, and to share my process of training and molding a team to play the style of soccer I believe in. This site is also intended to display my work as a coach, and serve as a modern résumé for potential employers within the soccer world.
Ernest Righetti High School - Varsity Girls Assistant Coach 2011-2012
Ernest Righetti High School - Junior Varsity Head Coach 2012-2014
San Luis Obispo Soccer Club - FIRE Boys U14 (99) Head Coach 2014-2015
Cal South State Cup 2014 Round of 16
2nd place 2014 SLOSC Summer Classic
San Luis Obispo Soccer Club - FIRE Boys 05/06 (teams changed to 06 and 07 due to Cal South adoption of US Soccer birth year registration) Head Coach 2015-2017
CVSC Cool Summer Cup 2015 semi-finalist
SoCal State Cup Finalist, Mayor's Division
2016 Camarillo Eagles Spring Classic Finalist
2016 SLO Juniors Festival Champions
2016 Ventura Country Fusion Invitational finalist
2016 CSL Bronze Alpha Division Champions
Catalyst Soccer - Central Coast Director 2015-2017
In charge of organizing camps, recruiting and training coaches, and establishing curriculum, as well as various administrative tasks
San Jose Earthquakes - 06 and 07 Coach 2017-2019
2018 MVLA Bay Area Spring Cup Champions with 2007 PDA II
2018 Nor Cal State Cup Semi Finalist with 2007 PDA I
2018 Manchester City Cup Champions with Earthquakes U11 Academy playing U12
2018 Manchester City Cup 3rd Place with Earthquakes U12 Academy
2019 Nor Cal Rush Winter League Finalist with 2007 PDA II
2019 Cal North Gold Spring League Runner-Ups with 2007 PDA I playing up in 2006
2019 Palo Alto Tall Trees Summer Cup Champions with 2007 PDA I and 2006 PDA II
Los Gatos United - 07, 08, and 09 Coach; 11v11 Boys Age Group Director 2019-Current
Built out club self-evaluations and position-specific evaluations
Other - private goalkeeper and 1v1 trainer 2011-current