Monday, October 16, 2017

Gulf Coast Soccer serves approximately 1500 players on 150-200 different teams each year. These teams compete from ages 4-18, and playing levels include Micro, Recreational, Academy, and Select. Finding coaches for all of these teams is one of our top priorities (and a major undertaking for the club) each season.

We also understand that quality coaching and continuous coaching education is essential for player retention. Simply put, if kids are learning, being challenged in an age-appropriate manner, and having fun, then they will continue to play soccer. We take this seriously, and it is the primary reason we made the decision to hire a full-time Technical Director who has substantial experience in coaching education as well as player, team, and club development. To learn more about our Technical Director, Robert Parr, please see his professional biography page.   

Coaching Opportunities

We rely on both professional and volunteer coaches, depending on the age and playing level of the teams involved. We believe in continuous improvement in all areas of player and team development and that coaching education and mentoring is the catalyst to delivering on these core values. Therefore, we invest in professional coaches where they can have the greatest benefit in supporting player and team development, such as in our Academy and Select programs.

In our Recreational Program, where the emphasis is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high-level competition, we rely mostly on volunteer coaches. We introduce professional coaching in our Academy Program, where the emphasis is to introduce players to a more formal and faster-paced level of technical training that will prepare them for higher levels of play at U11 and above. In our Select Program, the emphasis is to provide a more rigorous training environment and a higher level of competition for experienced players. Here, we rely on our professional coaches to lead the technical and tactical development of the teams. Our volunteer coaches, managers, and professional coaches work together as a coaching staff for the benefit of the team.

Most of our current Select team coaches/managers have followed a similar coaching pathway. While some do not have kids playing, many began coaching when their kids were in the U5 Micro Program and continued to learn and improve as their teams transitioned through the Recreational ages. Some coaches progressed into the Academy Program and later the Select Program, where they were required to obtain additional coaching licenses that focused on the appropriate methods for coaching higher-level players and teams.

How to Get Involved

Whether you are a novice or experienced coach, or a professional trainer, we have a place for you in our club. We simply ask that you do your best, continue to learn, maintain a “players-first” mentality, and run your sessions and games in a fun, age-appropriate manner. We will give you all of the tools and support you need to be successful. We want you to have fun learning and working with your team! 

Register to Coach HERE

If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, reach out to Technical Director Robert Parr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FAQ – Frequently asked Questions about Coaching Youth Soccer at Gulf Coast Soccer

What are the requirements to become a good youth soccer coach?

  • Enjoy working with kids
  • Understand it is about them, not you
  • Use the tools available to you and try to learn something every day

What resources and on-boarding support does Gulf Coast provide for new coaches?

  • 100% reimbursement for all formal coaching course fees, including USSF or NSCAA classes
  • A player and team development curriculum
  • Free subscription to SoccerROM session planning tool and coaching education website
  • Continuing education and mentoring from our Technical Director

What are the requirements to coach a Recreational Team?

  • USSF F License (online – 2 hours)
  • Attend a preseason coaching orientation session at the Gulf Coast Complex (approx. 90 minutes)

What are the requirements to coach an Academy Team?

  • USSF F License (required)
  • USSF E License (required after first year)
  • USSF D License (recommended)

What are the requirements to coach a Select Team?

  • USSF F License + USSF E License (required)
  • USSF D License (required for U13 and older)

Where can I learn more about the various USSF Coaching Certification Courses and Schedules? US Soccer Federation Coaching License Pathway