#41 Continuing the Legacy of Johan Cruyff with TOVO Academy and Cruyff Institute Founder, Todd Beane


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What would it be like to spend 14 years working alongside and learning from one of the greatest coaches of all time – Johan Cruyff? We asked Todd Beane that question and more in our most recent podcast. Download it now.


Todd graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 with a B.A. in English Literature. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to attend the University of Sussex in England. Todd concluded his formal studies at Stanford University where he earned a M.A. in Education and a Secondary Teaching Credential. As an athlete, Todd played NCAA Division I soccer at Dartmouth College before playing professional soccer in the USISL. As a coach, he was awarded a US Soccer Federation “A” License, coaching both collegiately and professionally. He has served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University as Director of the Native Vision Program and later as Director of the Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica.

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Show Notes

6:15 An American in Spain teaching Dutch Football

12:00 What was it like learning alongside Johan Cruyff?

16:40 When Todd and Johan flipped the organizational chart of Ajax upside down

20:15 The value of values in youth sports

24:55 The birth of TOVO Academy

28:35 With what we know about learning, why do we continue to teach sport the wrong way?

44:45 Coaching clinics should start with the WHY first before we teach the X’s and O’s

52:00 Without the art of educating and child advocacy, all I know about football would be lost

54:25 Todd discusses all the things that happen before a player can execute a skill

70:00 Todd’s book recommendations

Get in Touch

Website: TOVO Academy

Twitter: _ToddBeane

Blog: Todd's Blog (This is a great resource)

Email: tb@tovoacademy.com

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