Director of Coaching
Focus on developing highly technical, creative players, that are encouraged to showcase their skills in an engaging competitive environment.
Hailing from Wales, UK. Tom started playing at a very young age, he joined Chester FC school of excellence as a youth player operating as an attacking midfielder. He represented his country from U14-U17 level, went onto play for Welsh League winners and played in their Champions League European campaign 2008/09 season. He played at the University of Salford Manchester for 3 years, before seeking a position in Chicago to pursue his coaching career. Running summer clinics across the Midwest region for 4 years, before taking a full time coaching role with Elk Grove Soccer Club in 2017.
Advice for any aspiring coaches
*Communication and Delivery is key
Be clear and precise in your approach and session topic and watch the results unfold. Keep the sessions fresh and exciting, you want your players to be inspired and looking forward to every practice.
*Be a role model
Coaches are hugely influential for kids in any youth sport, having that passion and love for the game will be sure to transfer to your teams.
*Lead by example
Inspire players to conduct themselves properly on and off the field, instill leadership qualities regardless of who the captain is, everyone needs a voice on the field.
*Enthusiasm & Engagement
If you set the standard and tone for practice players will automatically bounce off you and be engaged. If your practice is intense and at match pace you will reap the rewards come game day.
Have the same passion when coaching all ages and skill levels. Celebrate an accomplishment during the session no matter how small, it will mean so much to that individual and surrounding players will be encouraged to impress.
Build a positive environment for players to play with freedom and to showcase their skills, trying new things in practice should be encouraged. Players need to be just as aggressive with and without the ball defending as an organized unit is crucial, there's no reason why defending can't be fun also.If implemented early in their development, players will fall in love with the game and have no fear when taking the field.