Feb. 7, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A week ago members of Florida State’s soccer program held a NSCAA level one and two goal-keeping coach’s clinic at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The overall objective behind the course was for teaching coaches to have a better understanding of goal keeper positions and methods for training goal keepers. The level one course was directed towards the team coach while the level two was for both the head coach and the teams specialized goalkeeper coach to learn about advanced tactics.
“I think the goal keeping course went very well,” said Florida State assistant coach Mike Bristol. “We had coaches from all over the country ranging from the west coast to other countries such as Bermuda, Jamaica and Canada, so there was a pretty wide realm of different ideas that were discussed. There were a lot of different perspectives shared, and we had a very good group as far as participation, so the course went well. We had a lot of positive feedback afterwards from the different candidates that were involved in the course.”
The idea behind the level one course was to provide the team’s coach with knowledge and practice methods that will enable the coach to evaluate a goalkeeper in game situations and then design an appropriate practice program for goalkeepers in and outside of team practices.
“The course itself and the facilities couldn’t have been better,” said Joshua Walters, Florida State’s director of soccer operations. “I think as we do everything at Florida State, we ran a first class event. I know the NSCAA has said they want to do as many courses as possible with us because we do such a good job. One of the missions of the NSCAA is to help communities throughout the coaching education. The goal keeping course was a very specific topic, but we had guys who were not goal keepers who want to be able to coach their keepers better, and then we had guys who played professionally as goal keepers all the way down to guys and girls who do it at the collegiate level. Because of this the variety was very good and I think the experience for everyone involved was very good. A lot of information was shared both ways.”
This clinic also provided Florida State an opportunity to showcase its facilities.
“I think anytime we have coaches on campus that can see the great facilities that we have here and the things we have to offer, for them to get to actually see it in person, and not just on television, helps to get the word out about everything we have to offer,” Bristol said.
“It’s great being part of a soccer staff where every member values continuing education and in turn enriches the soccer community by offering to provide education to the community,” added Walters. “Florida State has an amazing platform to help grow the game and Mark (Krikorian) is more than willing to go the extra mile to see that it does.” The feedback from coaches that participated in the event was also very positive.
“The hospitality shown towards every participating member, the willingness to go out of your way to help people with requests to make their visit that much more enjoyable and the effort that you, individually, put towards the successful hosting of the courses was clearly evident,” said Robert Kroger, Mississippi State goalkeeper coach
“I wanted to thank Florida State for such a well-organized course which exceeded all of my expectations. I have gained plenty of knowledge that would not only help me become a better coach, but a better goalkeeper,” added Vasily Yakimkin from Bunker Hill Community College.
As for holding coaching clinics in the future, the staff is already excited for hosting their next one.
“I think we will definitely hold other level one and two courses in the future and we will probably hold a level three sometime in the summer,” Bristol said.
Florida State will host their showcase coach’s clinic April 2nd from 8am to 5pm at the FSU Soccer Complex. For more information please click on link at top of the page.