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Evan Baker-Director of Coaching




What is your coaching philosophy?

EB: I believe in a holistic approach to player development because I want our players to be proficient in every aspect of the game.  I want my players to be able to solve any problem the game might throw at them.  If the other team is sitting deep, can we build from the back and pick them apart with precision passing?  If their back line is high, can we hit a split ball and go direct?  All of our coaches strive to create complete players, and we train our players in the technical, tactical, physical, and psychosocial elements of the game.

How has your coaching transformed over the years?
EB: I started coaching at a relatively young age - I coached my first club team at age 20, and my first high school Varsity team at 22.  I had a solid grasp on the tactical elements of the game from playing soccer in college, but I was more of a motivator than a teacher.  I think the real art of coaching is being able to take your knowledge of the game and present it to your players in a way that they can understand.  So I suppose I've transformed into more of a teacher rather than just a cheerleader with soccer knowledge.  I think I've also come to understand the value of preparation in coaching.  For my high school team, that might mean breaking down film and coming up with a game plan for a specific opponent.  For my youth teams, that might mean taking a look at the calendar and figuring out how to structure a season plan so that we can make sure all of our training objectives are being met. I've really learned to embrace and enjoy the preparation that goes into a successful season, and I'm not sure that's something I could've said 10 years ago.  

 

What does being a Warrior mean to you?
EB: Well, with my Warriors teams, we have a cheer that we do before each game, and it's really simple: "We are Warriors. We fear no one."  I think that summarizes what being a Warrior means to me.  We might be a small club, but that doesn't mean we're going to back down from the top teams or shy away from doing the work required to compete with those top teams.  Some of our teams are training 3 to 4 times per week, doing optional technical training, doing GK specific training, doing SAQ training, doing everything they can to try to outwork our opponents.  Our coaches have done a really good job impressing upon our players that those who want to be the best have to work the hardest. I think we've seen the fruits of that labor with the 2002 and 2004 teams making runs to the Jr. State Cup semifinals in the last few years and our teams having a lot of success against some of the top clubs in the state.  So to me, Warriors players and Warriors coaches are competitors at heart who have committed to outworking the opposition. 

 

How does a playing youth sport impact a child?

EB: I can't think of anything that does a more effective job of preparing kids for the real world than youth sports.  Learning to function in a team environment, learning to deal with failure and disappointment, learning the value of discipline and hard work and perseverance - all of these lessons are learned in youth sports.  Teaching kids that they have a responsibility to their teammates to show up at training on a regular basis and work as hard as they can is invaluable, especially in an era where many young people struggle with entitlement and aren't able to deal with failure and disappointment.  To me, there is nothing else out there that can help a kid develop the grit and resilience that the real world requires as effectively as youth sports. 

What is your most memorable Warrior moment?
EB: I've had some pretty incredible ones!  My '04 team's 6-5 Double OT thriller victory in the Jr. State Cup Quarterfinals last year is definitely high on the list.  But I think my most memorable moment would have to be the 2015 Autumn Classic up in Traverse City.  My 2004 and 2005 teams both won the championship at that tournament, and that was the first time that had happened for that group.  To see both teams and all of our parents supporting each other and celebrating the other team's success was pretty incredible.  Not to mention the fact that the 2004 team scored with less than 10 seconds left in their final group stage to advance to the finals in the first place, which was a great moment in and of itself.  But that's the great thing about being a soccer coach - every weekend, you get another opportunity to witness another memorable moment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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