#113 Former US olympic Soccer Player and National Team Coach Erik Imler on Developing a Coaching Philosophy

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Our guest this week is Erik Imler. Imler, a UVA graduate, was a NCAA National Champion in 1989, 1991 and 1992 and went on to be a member of the 1992 Olympic Team and represented the United States as a player and then as a coach. As a Youth Academy Director and passionate blogger who is dissatisfied with the status quo of youth soccer development in the United States, Erik is on a mission to support the positive change that must be experienced in youth development. Erik is in constant search for intelligent and thought provoking soccer conversation and is determined to make a difference in the youth club soccer landscape. His youth programs address the most prominent technical deficiencies in many youth players – passing and receiving – while simultaneously creating a thirst for skill mastery and love of the game among the players. Check out Erik's soccer BLOG – Can't Pass, Can't Play as he attempts to educate parents on what really matters. Highlights from the Podcast: Min 03: Getting to know Eric Imler Min 06: The early days of playing professional soccer Min 13: Organizing your coaching library…then thinning it out Min 16: Choosing to work with the younger athletes Min 23: Erik goes to Spain and attends the TOVO academy Min 29: Skill acquisition and motor learning Min 33: Designing coaching on how children learn Min 44: The Coaching Philosophy - Defining your why and how of coaching Min 49: Organizing practice depending on age and numbers Min 55: Redefining the expectations of what the players do on the field Min 1:04 Leaving a legacy as a coach Resources Mentioned Can’t Pass Can’t Play [BLOG] Continuing the Legacy of Johan Cruyff with TOVO Academy and Cruyff Institute Founder, Todd Beane [PODCAST] I Once Was Blind… (BLOG) Connect with Erik Imler Announcements for Changing The Game Project: CONFERENCE Way of Champions Conference will be in Denver, CO on August 2-4. Visit https://changingthegameproject.com/wocconference for more information! SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Become a Podcast Champion! …and get FREE access to ALL of our online courses. We are now offering you the ability to contribute as a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions)for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
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