Coaching - A Family Affair

Soccer is such an amazing game. Growing up, my parents have always been extremely supportive of me regardless of how many games they had to drive me to or how far practices were. If I wanted to play, they would make it happen.

Through the game, I was able to make many significant friendships, but the most important relationship that soccer has helped me to develop is the one with my parents.

My mother has always been so encouraging of me to go after my goals. You can’t explain the confidence and love you feel when your parents truly believe in you. Never once have I felt like my parents pushed me into something that I did not want to do. I am extremely thankful and feel that their compassion and support has helped me to grow as a player, coach and person.

During my first year of playing college soccer, a member of the local soccer club asked my father to coach a U14 girls’ team. He said he would as long as I would help train, because he thought I could demonstrate the technical and tactical aspects of the game. I had never trained before, but I thought it would be fun, so I gave it a try.

Agreeing to train that team was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Over the years, my father and I have coached various club teams and now we are coaching together at the college and ODP levels. All of the traveling to practices, games, scouting, coaching courses, and strategizing together has built a bond so strong that I consider my father a best friend.

One of the greatest feelings in the world is when other coaches ask us how we have gotten so close and how they can develop similar relationships with their daughters. I never would have thought nine years ago that we would be as close as we are and that we would be coaching college and on the CYSA Licensing Instructional Staff together.

It is one thing to accomplish your goals, but to be able to share them with my father has made the journey much more special. If it were not for our shared love of the game and the support of my parents, I would not be where I am today. Because of them, I am doing what I love most … coaching with my father.