A Coach In The U.S. spotlights international coaches who have made successful careers in the U.S. with YESsoccer.
Pavol Siska joined our team as a YESconnect coach in the spring of 2015, with Michigan Chill SBC Soccer Club. As a holder of the prestigious UEFA 'A' License and a PhD in Sports Psychology, Pavol is one of the most qualified and experienced coaches in Michigan. Pavol was appointed Technical Director for the club in June 2015.
Matt Brown directs recruitment for YESsoccer. He caught up with Pavol recently and asked him to tell us how he made it in America...
Tell us about your background and how you got into coaching?
My playing career began in Piestany which is a small town in the Slovak Republic. After a couple of years at the local club I was recruited to play for FK Spartak Myjava Academy of the Slovak First Football League where I was playing until my nineteen years. My senior career started at a semiprofessional club SKP Dubravka which was playing in Slovak Third Division. After one year at this club, I joined a professional football club SFM Senec of the Slovak Second League where I was playing for one year but missed 4 months because of an angle injury. I spent the rest of my playing career at semiprofessional clubs in the Slovak Third Division and my career ended in 2010.
From a career perspective, I always wanted to be a coach. I started coaching while I was studying my Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Comenius University in Bratislava and I served as an intern assistant coach in youth teams at SK Slovan Bratislava, a professional football club in the Slovak Republic.
Why did you choose to coach in the US?
In 2013, I spent almost a year as a international scholar at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where I met a lot of people who encouraged me to coach in the USA. So in November 2014 when I completed my PhD from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic I decided to move to the USA.
What is your coaching philosophy?
In a very short way, I would describe my coaching philosophy like this: I try to build good and honest relationships with players and want them to feel that I really care about them and not just as players but as persons as well. I also want players to have fun at training and I want to help them to improve and develop both as players and as human beings. I like this little quote, "as a coach being a role model is the most powerful from of educating and what I do speaks much louder than anything I can say", and I try to make those few words big part of my coaching philosophy too.
Why did you choose to join YESsoccer?
A friend of mine had a very positive experience with YESsoccer and he recommended to me to choose your organization.
Tell us about your current club, role and responsibilities?
I came to the USA in March, 2015 and started to work as a staff coach for the Chill, which is in my view the best-run soccer organization in the mid-Michigan area. I am very happy to be a part of this club. After three months in the club, I was offered a new position as the Chill SBC Technical Director. My responsibilities now range widely from planning and leading training sessions with a variety of teams, to designing and delivering psychological skills training for players, to weekly observation of staff coaches to enhance their development and solidify and progress the club existing player development curriculum.
Do you want to develop your own coaching career in the U.S.?
YESsoccer are actively recruiting talented, passionate & career driven coaches to join our team in 2016.
To apply today & schedule an interview, please CLICK HERE.