I am a soccer coach. I never intended to become a soccer coach...it just sort of happened.
I coached gymnastics for 7 years and LOVE working with kids; teaching them new things and seeing that "light bulb" moment when they finally get what you are saying. Bliss.
Soccer is one sport I never played growing up. Truth be told, it scared me to death!
My daughter plays soccer...she's pretty amazing.
She will run right up to the biggest boy on the other team and take the ball from him. Bam!
She will get tripped and jump right back up.
She will run until she's too tired and then will keep running.
I'm not saying she's perfect, but she puts her whole heart into what she is doing.
She tried gymnastics and didn't like it. She tried dance and wasn't a fan(she wanted to freestyle instead of following direction). Last spring we asked her if she wanted to try softball and she replied that she would rather play soccer.
To make sure that she got the same coach that she has had the last 2 seasons I signed up to be the assistant coach, thinking that I could just help out a little and make sure she had a coach who would teach her what she needed to know.
He signed up to teach our U-8 team as well as a U-10 team and has assistant coaches to help on each team. It started out that the plan was to have both teams practice together, but when we realized that they just have too many skill level differences we decided to split the teams up.
That makes me the main coach now for our team. Yikes!
Thankfully I have parents on our team who have actually played the game before to help me teach the kids. This book has also been very helpful: How to Coach a Soccer Team by Tony Carr.
This should be an interesting season and I am sure that I will continue coaching.