What Team/teams do you currently coach/ or what is your role and how long have you been with FRAM?
I coach the Fram Boys 03, 05, and 06 A-teams
What is your coaching experience?
I began coaching soccer at local summer camps 20 years ago. I was appointed assistant coach and continue to this day working with the soccer programs at El Camino College at age 21. A year later I was a first time head coach at Junipero Serra High School where I spent 4 years as the Girls Varsity coach. At 23 I coached my first Fram team and am now entering my 14th season.
What experience do you have as a player? What's your favorite soccer or sports memory from your past? Any special career credits?
I grew up playing for SoCal club teams including Fram and NHB, I signed my first professional contract with Sheffield United FC in July of 2003 and my last pro contract with Dundee FC in January 2006. I played semi-pro in the lower tiers of US Soccer for 5 more years for various teams including Misioneros and LA Crew before retiring from playing.
Most memorable soccer experience as a coach?
Winning in the 1st round of my only CIF appearance in my 2nd season coaching at Serra. We were huge underdogs, my goalie had 25 saves and we had 0 shots, managed to get to penalties and win.
What is your Coaching Philosophy?
What can be multi layered with intricate details, and constantly evolving, my Coaching philosophy may vary team to team a little bit because I will always look at each individual player's qualities, and use those to help determine the shape of the team and where each player will fit positionally in that team. But in a generalization I like a technically proficient possession based team, meaning we want the ball, we are capable of building up through the thirds of the field, while getting numbers forward to unbalance, ultimately create chances and score, all while maintaining a balanced shape at the back (normally through a holding mid and two center backs). Intelligence and Vision are valued and emphasized because soccer is about finding solutions and if playing short isn't working in a certain game or stage of a game, then I want players that recognize this know the answer may be to play a longer ball. I also like a team that is well organized with a high press up the field that looks to win the ball back in the opponents half. If our initial press is broken, the next defender delays, and our players sprint back behind the ball to regain shape.
Did you have a mentor/hero?
Playing would be Gordon Banks, Oliver Khan, Manuel Neuer, Paddy Kenny
Coaching would be Pep Guardiola, Marcelo Bielsa.
“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that here are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.”
When you are not on the field for FRAM, what do you like to do in your free time?
Hanging with my family is always best, but after that would be anything to do with traveling, beach, camping, golf.