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25 Years of Love

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Growing up playing in the AYSO in Northern California, we had a plethora of brilliant team names – Stingers (my personal favorite), Golden Stars, Black Beauties and the Devils. After graduating to the CYSA in middle school, I would be apart of the California Northstars until I graduated high school. We were not from a […]

Germany: The Day I Landed (Part 1)

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Departing from Los Angeles International Airport on January 15, 2011, I was shocked when the chilly, 37-degree weather hit my California-tanned skin at the Hamburg airport. My 13-hour flight was delayed, of course, making the 3 other Americans and our coach wait an hour for my arrival. We finally met and greeted each other and […]

Coaching the Parents

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Coaching the Parents After over 30 years coaching youth soccer I realize how important it is to “Coach the Parents” as well as their players. Many youth coaches refuse to accept the fact that without parental support and understanding they are doomed to failure. There are some basic parental instincts that drive parents to act the […]