I am super fortunate to have coached these two incredible players and human beings. The Journey documentary is about Emily Eckmann and Ali Ohashi’s personal thoughts about their collegiate journey. The two of them along with the extremely talented, Travis Knight, created this 3 part documentary. It’s worth the 12 minutes to watch it!
Great short video on the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. And if you haven’t watched the Nine for IX episode on the ’99ers, you must watch it This was an epic moment in American Women’s Soccer! Lastly, check out the Raising Their Game documentary on FIFA Women’s Soccer. It is a nine part series on YouTube. The women’s game has come so far and I am so proud to work with women’s soccer players everyday. I am so grateful for this beautiful game.
Dropbox stores all my files. I can have access to all my files from anywhere on my iPhone, iPad, or laptop. Dropbox also allows us to share files with our players super easily. They have access to our schedules, travel itineraries, systems of play files, workouts, nutrition info, and anything else we want to post for them. Our coaching staff uses shared folders to collaborate and share files and ideas. The days of searching through each others manila folders are over in our office. We have reduced the amount of paper in our program dramatically with Dropbox. And the biggest benefit of all…its free up to 2 GB and you can get 500 MB free with each referral.
My next favorite app is Evernote. Evernote is like my online library and online journal. I clip articles I want to save and tag them so I can easily find them later. I used to have a filing cabinet full of 20 years worth of soccer articles and soccer training sessions. I would lug this with me from coaching job to coaching job. No more filing cabinet. I scanned all of the articles with NeatDesk and now they are organized within Evernote. What a relief to drop the 100 lbs. of paper! We also use Evernote with our players. They fill our their Match Analysis after each game in Evernote. The Match Analysis is in a shared folder with the coaching staff. We can then give feedback to the player through Evernote. Its become a great communication tool. Many players also utilize Evernote for daily journals. Similar to Dropbox, you can access your notes and folders from anywhere on your iPhone, iPad, or laptop. And guess what….its free too!
Go Paperless with Dropbox and Evernote!
“Chasing meaning is better than avoiding discomfort. Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.”
A simple yet incredible 6 minute video on Grit by Angela Duckworth. Two of my favorite quotes from the vide: “Live life like its a marathon, not a sprint” and “Get grittier about getting kids grittier.”
The use of video and statistics has become increasingly important to our program. We have found the SoccerMeter app for Apple devices extremely useful on gameday. This app tracks possession, touches, pass completion, pass strings, shots, and goals. It is super simple for one individual on an iPad or an iPhone. This 4.99 app is fantastic. I would recommend this to all collegiate and high school coaches. In addition to these stats, we also keep by hand our Heading Duals and 2nd Ball wins percentage. These are very important to our pressing mentality and success.
We make all of our games and training sessions video available to our players 24/7. We have found VidSwap to be a perfect partner. VidSwap makes our life as coaches easier. They provide storage space for us to very easily upload our training sessions and games to the server for our players to access. In addition, VidSwap edits our game video as well. We can filter set pieces, goals, shots, etc at the click of a mouse. The turnaround is incredible…24 hours. Video editing is so time consuming so this allows us to be more efficient with our time as coaches. Lastly, the players and coaches love using the VidSwap iPad app!