Energetic athletic coach with 7+ years of experience in working, motivating clients, mentoring, and helping athletes meet their goals and grow within the sport. I like to use soccer to build integral leaders for our competitive world. I grew up in a small town of Northwest Georgia and was involved in sports at a young age of 4. Soccer is something that I absolutely loved, needed, and developed well in. I played all through my middle school and high-school years, while balancing club soccer at the same time. I still play pick-up and adult league when I have the free time to do so. I started my coaching career when an opportunity fell in my lap. I realized coaching was for me about 7 years ago when I had a great opportunity fall in my lap and I have been doing it ever since. I have plenty of experience within all age groups and genders. I have run a U4 program, Pre-Academy groups, Academy, and Select level teams. I currently coach with NASA Tophat where I lead, train, and coach 08, 07, 03/04 female teams. I have been self-employed for the past 2.5 years with my own private training business. I currently hold a USSF C License and plan to start working on my B license in the next 6 months.
Haley was done playing soccer 3 years ago due to bad coaching and bad teammates. I asked (bribed) Haley to take soccer training that summer just to see if she was really ready to give it up. I told her to give it a month before making a final decision. I asked around for training coaches and was given Ashley’s name to contact. Haley went from hating soccer to loving it again that summer. Haley’s skills and being a good teammate grew over the summer. Ashley made soccer fun again and it made Haley want to train more.
Ashley does not do the cookie cutter soccer training. Ashley sets goals for Haley and worked with her to achieve the goals. She never gave up on Haley even when Haley felt that she could not achieve the goals. Ashley would make Haley’s training session different every session so Haley would not get bored doing the same thing over and over. Ashley always asked for input as to how I thought Haley was progressing and what I thought Haley needed to work more on. She got Haley playing top level soccer by the end of the summer. I thought we would have a summer session with Ashley and move on. Well, that did not happen. We are still training with her and Haley also has joined Ashley’s soccer team.
There is no one else that Haley wants play for or train with. Ashley gets to know her players outside of soccer. She has always supported Haley rather it is on soccer field, playing in the middle school band or just listening to Haley when she has had a bad day or game. As a parent, I cannot thank Ashley enough for the time she has put into Haley and figuring what works best for Haley to learn. The only regret I have is not finding Ashley sooner.Cindy Sklba