Coaching Staff Personal Development - May 2020

Posted on May 15, 2020 BY Simon Boddison
The club continues to enhance its coaching staff education platform providing the best available training and work environment for players and coaches to excel. Players are developed by the coach and impacted greatly by the training / teaching environment.  Continual reflection occurs on the resources and support required for the player and coach to be successful whether it is in-house coaching education, attending coaching seminars, workshops, new equipment, field and facility improvements, licensure or personal development plans.

 Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 11.46.33 AM"The players' development is our #1 priority and it starts with the coaching staff providing the correct curriculum and training environment.  The club must provide opportunities for our staff to learn, grow and have a clear coaching pathway to succeed personally.  If that opportunity is apparent, this results in a more productive training environment which will reflect in a detailed player developmental platform across the club. We have a joint responsibility of developing players and coaches in the club to the highest level possible." 
Dave Dengerink, Academy Director.

 The Spring 2020 coaching education meetings cover a variety of topics that are associated with running a fully comprehensive youth soccer club.  The topics include both the soccer technical and business aspects of a club that now has a membership of 8,400 players.
The following topics will or have been presented:

Personal Development Plan

Dave Dengerink - Academy Director

2020 Season Improvements

James Clarkson - Houston Dash Head Soccer Coach (NWSL)

Understanding Your Clients

Phil Ebner - Director of Coaching - Youth Academy

Dash System of Play (1-4-2-3-1)

Mark Gibbs - Girls Academy Director

Powerpoint & Your MAC 

Andrew Squire - Girls Academy Coach

Linking The Club Philosophies to Training

Dave Dengerink - Academy Director

Dynamo Youth Diamond (1-4-4-2)

Alex Cardenas - Boys Academy Coach

Growth Mindset / Practice Perfect

Andrew Squire - Girls Academy Coach

Unknown-19The club has the most qualified coaching staff in the city of Houston when it comes to player development.  The club employs over 100+ professional licensed coaching staff from multiple areas throughout the world that work and are educated under the same Dynamo | Dash age-appropriate curriculum. The club recognizes the importance of player development and coaching education.

Academy Directors Course (License) 2
United States Federation (USSF) 'A' License 16
United States Federation (USSF) 'B' License 18
United States Federation (USSF) 'C' License 20
United States Soccer Federation (USSF) 'D' License 27
United States Soccer Federation (USSF) 'E' License 17
United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National Youth License 12
Union of Europe Football Associations (UEFA) 'Pro' License 1
Union of Europe Football Associations (UEFA) 'A' License 2
Union of Europe Football Associations (UEFA) 'B' License 4


Coaching Education

"As a member of the HDDY coaching staff I have many reasons to be thankful, but none more than the investment the club has made in me as a professional coach. Without the club's support, completing my coaching pathway to the “A” License would never have been possible and I would not have had some of the opportunities that have been presented to me. Collaborating with the Houston Dynamo on building the Foundation Catalyst Program is one such opportunity.  Working with Dave Dengerink and Paul Holocher our Academy Directors on such a unique program to the Houston area is an experience I could not find anywhere else." Darron Rush, Director of Coaching - Catalyst.

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 11.43.55 AMThe club has supported me to work my way up through the US Soccer Federation’s 'E' License, all the way to completion of the National 'A' License.  Furthermore, they’ve encouraged me to become a certified Grass Roots Coach Instructor which now allows me to provide a service back to the younger, beginner and volunteer coaches within our organization.  I am extremely grateful for the personal and professional investment that’s been consistently extended to me over the years.”
Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching - Youth Academy / Recreational

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“I can’t speak highly enough of the Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club. My journey with the organization began ten years ago when I was playing in their development academy. The lessons I learned on and off the field during that period prepared me for a successful college career. During my four years playing college soccer Coach Don Gemmell and Dave Dengerink were in frequent contact extending advice when needed. I returned to the club upon graduation taking charge of the recreational program in The Woodlands. The club continued to support my professional development as I worked my way through coaching licenses and furthermore supported my decision to return to school in pursuit of a masters degree. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of this incredible organization."

Marcus Watt, Director of Coaching - Recreational

Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 11.52.32 AM"Over the last few years the club was hugely supportive and helpful towards my coaching education and personal development. Sending me to acquire my USSF “B” License and providing opportunities to attend the United Soccer Coaches Conventions in Baltimore 2020 and Chicago 2019 was extremely educational. There were also various opportunities to attend the following seminars that were hosted by our club - 'Every Moment Matters' and 'Changing The Game Project' by John O'Sullivan and Soccer Starts at Home by Tom Byer. The tools and resources provided on a daily basis are invaluable to our growth and development as coaches.

Radojica Ristic, Director of Coaching - West

Coaching Education 3 

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 3.37.14 PM"Coaching development is a continuous process, I am thankful for the opportunities provided by the Dynamo|Dash Youth Soccer Club. The tremendous support received within the club during my journey to obtain my USSF "B" License speaks volumes about the culture of the organization. The club has consistently provided me with the tools to develop young soccer talent physically and mentally while contributing to my own personal growth. My transition from a retired professional player to coach has been extremely rewarding thanks to the club's continuous support."

Benito Kemble, Director of Coaching - Boys (South)



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