US Soccer recently appointed a committee to look into grass roots soccer, and the experience and coaching our younger players are receiving in the USA. They developed programs and created coaching courses to improve this experience.
Who better to lead our Intramural Program at Nether United than a member of this committee? We are thrilled to announce Mike Barr has agreed to lead our IM program. Although Mike’s reputation in the area largely stems from his 5 state tiles, 6 District One titles and 16 Central League titles he won in a 21 year career coaching Strath Haven Men’s Soccer, Mike’s reputation on a national scale is also based on his work as the Technical Director for the state and significantly, his role as a lead instructor for US Soccer coaching licenses. Not only does Mike hold his A license and his National Youth License, he teaches those courses to other coaches.
Mike will be on hand at each training session. His curriculum will support the “play-practice-play” model as well as incorporating a technical aspect to each session. Parent coaches will be able to deliver these sessions, with the aid of a script, regardless of if they have little or even no previous soccer experience.
This is how Mike described his plan:
“We hope to create an environment that will help parent coaches lead the team, lead the player, coach training sessions, coach in the game and manage their performance environment”
In addition, our IM program will provide players with the opportunity to have exposure to some of our experienced professional coaches in a smaller setting than has been available previously.
Welcome home Mike…we are excited to have you!
Look out for more exciting announcements coming soon.