As my soccer education has increased, I have had an opportunity to meet some very interesting people who share the same passion for youth soccer as I have. I always ask them to share their thoughts and then we can put them on the blog. Some have agreed and shared some great insights into youth soccer development or other soccer-related issues. Their content is sourced to them in the relevant articles. On this page, I share a bit of the background of these writers:
Sebastian currently resides in Corpus Christi, TX where he is co-owner of Giraldo Elite Futbol, a full-time professional soccer training/consulting business. His PhD work at the University of Texas-Austin was in sport management with a specific focus on elite soccer development. One of his major research interests is in the cognitive development and decision making of soccer players. Sebastian has worked for Lonestar SC, Express SC (currently Houston Dynamo Coastal Bend), several other clubs around the Corpus area, and privately for many years in individual/small group skills training. He played for Southwestern University and was involved in the Texas ODP system.
Justin played competitive soccer throughout his youth and played four years of college soccer at an NCAA Division III institution, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2003 and a master’s degree in 2005. Since then, he has been coaching as a full-time profession on the collegiate and youth levels (3 years as a head coach at two different DIII institutions, and 3 years as a DIII assistant at two different institutions). He holds an “A” license from US Soccer in 2008, a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA in 2007, and a National Youth License from US Youth Soccer in 2003. He has been an age group coach within the North Texas Olympic Development Program, a member of the North Texas Coaching Education Staff, and a member of the State teaching staff for the NSCAA. He currently is the Assistant Manager of Soccer Programs for our hometown Houston Dynamo.
Dylan has a long history in soccer, beginning as a 6 year old, continuing through his service in Iraq (as a member of the All-Marine Team) and time with the Houston Hurricanes of the USISL. He currently lives in Katy with his wife and child. His experience in soccer notwithstanding, Dylan considers himself “a USSF School product” and currently holds a USSF “A” License as well as a USSF “Y.” Dylan is currently the Director of Player Development at Albion Hurricane Soccer Club in Houston, Texas.
Soccerthought is always looking for more voices in the world of youth soccer. Thanks to these writers for contributing content.