Director of Coaching for Wasatch Soccer Club
Head Coach of Highlands Park, Belfour Park, Parkhurst, and Corinthians (semi-pro) in South Africa; British Soccer, Sparta United, Wasatch Soccer Club, and Utah's ODP and State Instructional Staff.
Playing Experience: Played youth
for Cliftonville in Ireland and professionally for Rovers in South Africa.
Favorite Soccer Team: Glasgow Celtic
Favorite Soccer Player: George Best (God Rest His Soul)
Most Memorable Soccer
Every opportunity I had to watch my son's play soccer and cricket; being
introduced to the Prime Minister by Sir Bobby Charlton; and serving on the
World Cup Panel during the 1990 World Cup.
Coaching Philosophy: It's not about winning - it's about playing to win.
Danny Says: "Make the most of watching your children play, treasure every second, don't be too hard on them, and be thankful for this opportunity."
National C license, NSCAA
Coaching for 17 yrs/ 11 w/ wasatch
I believe in letting kids be creative with their play and learning from mistakes. I'm
teaching nothing but ball handling and deceptive dribble exclusively at a younger age to give the kids confidence on the ball.
USSF National -C- License (6 years)
Wasatch SC/coaching experience: Trainer at Wasatch since 2010. Prior to Wasatch, I have been coaching since 2000.
Playing experience: Utah comp, Utah ODP, Dixie State College, & USAF club
Training Philosophy: I am a firm believer in the “KC Legends” style of training. Players must be confident and creative with the ball before they do anything else! I’m a firm believer in teaching almost exclusively ball handling for the early age groups. Along with ball handling, as the players/team develop, I introduce passing combinations/tactics. Take a look at the best players in the world, the legends of our sport. They are extremely comfortable with the ball at their feet. This allows them to devote more attention and brain power to their tactical awareness and less to what they are doing with the ball. This results in increased speed of play and creativity.
Quote: “We must be totally focused on developing the INDIVIDUAL PLAYER! Team success should always be a by-product of this focus not the primary goal.”
Favorite Teams: Barcelona FC, Liverpool FC
Favorite Players: Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard
I've been a Wasatch SC trainer for the past 3 years and really enjoy what I do. I've coached numerous teams for WSC in the past, but now I solely focus on the training side. I've been a coach now for 8 years total, all with Wasatch, and have been blown away by the growth of the club and the progress of the teams. We are now a force to be reckoned with! I am currently the Northridge High girl’s soccer coach going on my 4th year. I am the manager of Sports Connection and am the one responsible for the uniform fiasco last year, but this year hopefully things run a bit more smoothly.
I firmly believe
that if soccer is taught to the kids in an entertaining, informative, instructive, and creative way, the kids respond to it and want to improve more than if the same drills, games, and instructions
are monotonous. Growing up I had coaches that would correct every detail of my game because they had a style of play that they wanted implemented into the
team, but it took away from the creativity which is what makes soccer so great. I was afraid of not doing things exactly as the coach wanted. Of course there are things that need to be addressed, but the more and more I coach and train your kids, I realize how important it is to let them express themselves and keep the "coaching" to a minimum.
A side-note on my coaching philosophy, I’m not a baby-sitting service and will correct the bad behavior if the kids don't listen and aren't respectful of the coaches and teammates. Sometimes I get phone calls or emails regarding my disciplinary measures (running or a firm 1v1 discussion), but I won't have rowdy kids that waste my time and make the training session difficult for the rest of the team.
I am currently C licensed but I will be attempting to get my B license this July (pray for me!).
I love coaching your kids and look forward to meeting all of you at some point this season.
USSF National -C- License
I began coaching in 1986 when then UYSA Director Billy McNicol recruited me as a teenager to coach UYSA youth camps with him and Chris Agnello. In the 90's I was a coach with the Dutch Total Soccer Academy at Utah State (Director Paul Driesen) and in Colorado for two years, coached JV boys at Mountain View High School, then JV and Varsity boys at Payson High School for 2 years. In the early 2000's I coached U11-U12 Wasatch boys for a couple of years, and did clinics for Utah Futbol Club at the same time. I have since coached with Rush in 2006 through 2009 doing Bantam U9-U10, X League, and U11-U12 state comp. As a player at BYU, I helped coach summer camps, U6 to U17, and started a soccer camp business with a teammate and coach, Soccer Nut Soccer Camps, which I did for 2 summers along the Wasatch Front as a college student. As a player, I played at BYU for 4 years, was Nat'l All-Tournament in 1993, High School state finalist at Davis in 1990, and All State Hon. Mention. I played Utah ODP as a U17, and was on the State Cup finalists in 1989 for my Club in Bountiful.
Jamie Wilkinson is a Davis High Graduate and outstanding goal keeper, ODP player and played two years at the University of Arizona before transferring to Westminster where she currently plays.
Melissa Georgi is a high school standout and former ODP goalie. She has been providing the majority of our academy training over the summer.