A Coach In The U.S. spotlights international coaches who have started successful careers in the U.S. with YESsoccer.
Andrew Wood joined YESsoccer in 2016 and made a positive impact across our training and camp programs as an experienced and energetic coach, camp captain, and staff mentor.
Andrew has been named to the YEScoach ID Team that will select our 2017 roster of YEScoaches at Villa Park, home of Aston Villa FC, on Sunday, February 19th.
For an invitation to this special event please visit yessoccer.net and complete our YEScoach application Form.
Chris Andrew, who directs recruitment for YESsoccer, caught up with Andrew Wood recently and asked him to tell us how he made it in America...
Tell us about your background and how you got into coaching.
When I was 16 I was in Sixth Form studying for my A-Levels and I was very fortunate to be in the same class as someone working for Charlton Athletic. This person told me all about how he got his job and what I needed to do to work in Football. This was to go and get my FA Level 1 Football coaching badge, my FA Level 2 coaching badge, my first aid and child protection certification.
I went and got these, I worked very hard for around a year and a half working three jobs as the coaching was only casual (part time when they had work) but I was still learning and I built up my reputation and my knowledge in order to be awarded with a full time position. I worked for Charlton for around 15 years in total amongst other projects along my journey.
Why did you choose to coach in the U.S.?
Due to personal circumstances back home in 2015 I made the decision to come to the US for a new start, new job, and new challenge. I always wanted to come to the states to work, experience the culture and see if I could make a difference and support the growth of the sport in another country.
What is your personal coaching philosophy?
Be flexible! There is no set philosophy, there is no rule book to coaching, there is no one way to do things; there are several ways, so many books, techniques, and many problems that can arise. For me, it’s gaining enough knowledge to be able to deal with as many situations that are thrown your way, in the best possible way.
Every student will respond differently, every game will be different so I feel that “be a sponge” would be my best advice on coaching philosophy. Learn from every mistake, learn from every result, absorb as much information as you can in order to make you a better person, not a better coach!
What were your goals when you first joined the YESsoccer team, and what are your goals for the future?
I attended the YESCoach ID event at Aston Villa last February and was impressed not just by the professionalism and knowledge of staff but by how welcoming and humble everyone was. They made me feel wanted and gave me an honest assessment of what opportunities would be available to me.
I saw how the young coaches there had so many different stories, such varied experiences, and I hoped I would be in a position in a year's time to be able to share my story, my experiences. I set a goal that day to be part of the YEScoach ID team for 2017 and I'm excited to have achieved that goal.
My future is to be decided. For the first time in my life, I am open to options and considering many opportunities. I am very proud to be in a position where I hope to working alongside YESsoccer for years to come as I am extremely enthusiastic about being a part of this team.
What does it mean to you to be selected for our YEScoach ID Team?
It means a lot to me. I'm very passionate about supporting the growth of other young coaches, and for me that means improving staff knowledge in every sense, including how they coach, how they interact with club officials and other staff, and how they carry themselves off the field.
I've also learned a lot about the mechanics of club development, parental involvement, and even how to leverage social media to grow a program. I look forward to sharing what I've learned with coaches who want to make a career in the U.S.
What advice would you give to a coach applying to work in the U.S. for the first time?
I would tell them that if they wish to work in America, YESsoccer is a company that can support you in this journey. And if you take support and advice from the right people you will be able to make a very big difference, not only in your own life but in the lives of American coaches, children, parents, and families. Making a difference has been extremely gratifying for me.
For more information on YESsoccer recruitment please contact:
Chris Andrew - YEScoach ID Director - firstname.lastname@example.org