In the January-February 2013 edition of "Soccer Journal," NSCAA member Leon Abravanel provided young coaches advice on getting started in their careers.
In "Young Coaches: How to Shift Through the Masses (What to Do and How to do it)," Abravanel discusses his do's and don'ts aspiring coaches should consider when building their coaching career. Abravanel, a member since 2010, is a coach at Calabasas High School (Calif.) and also plays for the Los Angeles Blues in the USL Professional Division.
Some of the do's mentioned include:
- Getting perspective by asking youself why are you coaching
- Find a mentor to help teach you your trade
- Get formally educated with the NSCAA
Abravanel's don'ts include:
- Don't assume you'll be a good coach because you were a good player
- Don't believe the process to become a good coach is a quick one
- Don't take failure as an indicator your aren't a good coach
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