I recently accepted a coaching position with a new club. As the title states… this move is going to be bittersweet.
Making the decision to venture into unknown territory was gut wrenching. Giving up on something that I had fought tirelessly to build was one of the hardest decisions that I’ve ever had to make. I’ll be leaving a group of players that I have worked with for several years, some longer than others. Players that eventually outperformed the high expectations that I had for them when I first started. Players that began to realize they were actually playing soccer while their opponents were just kicking a ball. Players that have made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt, but yell so loud that I lost my voice. Players that earned my trust and respect, both on and off the field. And hardest of all- I’ll be leaving some players that I even consider to be as close as family.
The opportunities I have been handed are amazing. Almost like a dream come true! I will now be at a club with the largest player pool that I have ever had access to. A club with much more recognition and many more connections. My teams will be competing in one of the top leagues in the state/country- which means my coaching skills will be put to the test against some of the ‘best’ in the business. I’m ready. Bring it!
I want to wish my former team the best of the luck. Without them- I would not be the coach, or person, that I am today.