Category Archives: Coaching

Information about coaching or about becoming a coach

Position available: director of coaches, girls

The Carlisle Soccer Club is looking for an experienced girls recreational soccer coach who can motivate and organize other coaches to be their best. We have a vacancy in the position of Director of Coaching for girls.

If you’re interested in taking on this position, please contact Mark True, interim president, at 556-1574.


Hey, coach?!

Every season, the Carlisle Soccer Club struggles as we set up teams for the new season because we don’t have enough coaches. And registration for the fall season is now open!

Have you ever thought about coaching? If so, now’s the time to give it a shot.

We provide a variety of informal and formal club-level training and actively support our coaches’ participation at state-level training to create the best atmosphere for becoming a better soccer player. Specifically, the Carlisle Soccer Club rewards coaches for completing a youth module administered by the Iowa Soccer Association (ISA), and we provide partial reimbursement for E- and D-level certification from ISA.Coaching modules and E license courses are a great way to learn from experienced coaches. You’ll learn what motives and drives youth soccer players, how to teach them the critical fundamental techniques of the game and how to play with purpose and strategy.

And you’ll help your Club get stronger.

Some of our coaches have been coaching for several years and others are just getting started. Some have played the game before, but others have never touched a soccer ball. Most have had success coaching, no matter their skill. What’s important is their motivation! 

If you’d like to learn more about coaching, talk to Ken Sadler, director of coaching at 321-6221. He’ll make sure we find a place for you this fall season.



Winning versus learning?

A recent article from the US Soccer Federation’s website tackles an issue of utmost importance to our Club as a whole, and our coaches and parents, specifically: the desire to win. There is nothing wrong with wanting to win, but what does winning measure? Is beating a weaker opponent better than playing the best game ever and losing against a tougher opponent?

The approach our Club is taking is one of development. Are we teaching soccer and measuring if our are players learning?  If you ask yourself this question, even after a devasting loss, you’ll almost always find the answer to be "yes."

Some players will learn, or appear to learn, more quickly than others because of early maturity, advanced motor skills, quickness and coordination. Note, however, these advantages quickly disappear as kids age.  As coaches and as a Club, we can’t control that. What we CAN have control over is teaching skills specific to soccer, getting parents involved in playing soccer with their kids like they do with other sports, and adopting approaches that facilitate learning soccer, both for our kids and our adults (coaches and parents). If we don’t, we’ll soon see – as we have already – players from our Club dominate early on but quickly becom less skilled than players that choose to learn.

If we adopt coaching philosophies with an emphasis on developing players, not just winning, we’ll develop a competitive program for our soccer club.

Our club has adopted concepts that I think will set us apart from the typical rec soccer program in Iowa. By segmenting teams by single age years and by gender at all ages, for example, we are forming core teams that will play together from the beginning of their careers all the way through high school. It’s an advantage that top clubs promote and have had success with.

Another change we will be adopting come this spring is the academy approach in teaching soccer. Again, it is nothing new, but the way we will implement this will be unique. Paul Gruber, the Club’s director of coaching,  will share more about this in the months ahead as we start to form teams with registration soon opening for spring soccer.

By popular demand, Paul will hold another U6/U8 coach/parent training session prior to the spring season as well.

Stay tuned to this website to learn about other steps the Carlisle Soccer Club is taking to deliver a select-type experience at a recreational price. We’re serious about making soccer fun again!


Five more coaches earn license or certificates

Congratulations to Carlisle Soccer Club coaches Tim LeClaire and Chad Cooper for successfully completing their D Licensing course and earning their State designation. This is huge for any soccer club so you can imagine what it is like for a club our size, that only plays recreation soccer. 

Congratulations also are due to four other coaches that successfully earned their E License this season. Wayne Dille, Jeff Lierow, Kyle Brown and Walter Walker completed completed the intense two-and-half-day course. 

As a Club, we’re fortunate to have so many licensed coaches. In fact, out of our 25 current coaches, half have an E License or higher designation. We know of no other club with this type of dedication from its volunteer staff.

Next time you see your coach, thank him or her for volunteering their time and energy coach our kids!