Wayne Harrison Joins San Diego Surf SC

Youth Soccer News: Wayne Harrison Joins San Diego Surf SC as Boys Director of Coaching

Wayne Harrison, a former professional player with Blackpool F.C. in England and former Youth Director at Al Ain Football Club in the UAE, will join San Diego Surf SC as Boys Director of Coaching beginning on December 1, 2012. Harrison holds a UEFA ‘A’ license, the NSCAA Premier Diploma and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Sports Psychology. In addition, Harrison is a well known and respected author with eleven books published on soccer player development and coaching.

“Wayne comes highly recommended and is enthusiastic to join our organization,” said Surf Director of Coaching Colin Chesters. “His experience implementing a consistent style of play from grassroots to the Academy level is what our Club needs right now.”

Chesters continued, “Harrison’s teaching background will help move our entire coaching staff to the next level. One of his real passions in soccer is coach education and helping others improve themselves. His enthusiasm and personality will energize our boys’ side.”

Harrison spent three years as an English Football Association County Coaching Director, teaching coaching courses and licensing for local coaches in his region. He was also Center of Excellence Director for Youth Player and Coach Development for four years at Blackpool, a famous professional club in England, after playing there as a professional player.

After coming to the United States, Harrison was Director of Coaching with Eden Prairie SC in Minnesota for nine years, as well as presenting development clinics at state, regional and national coaching education conventions. He has worked extensively with the ODP and NSCAA organizations and also teaches licensing for the NSCAA as a staff coach.

In his work with player development, Harrison created what he calls Awareness Training to help improve and accelerate training. He implemented this methodology while at Al Ain, a professional soccer club in the United Arab Emirates and a former Asian Champions League winner. In his two years as Academy Director, overseeing 42 full-time coaches, the club had the most successful professional academy in the country, winning seven youth national championships.

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“The ultimate goal in coaching is helping each player develop his or her talents and abilities to the fullest,” Harrison told SoccerNationNews in an earlier interview. “With this in mind, I created my Awareness Training philosophy of developmental coaching and training over many years of experimentation. It simply means training the mind before the body.”

During his time at Al Ain, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, through Inter Milan Consultant Marco Monte, and the Asian Soccer Federation voted the club’s academy as the top professional academy and the best youth academy in the country. They called it the closest model to the top academies in European professional soccer clubs.

“Wayne has written eleven soccer coaching books,” said Chesters, “one of which is on the 4-2-3-1 system, which we will be considering for our boys program from U11 to U18. The goal is to develop consistency throughout the program, per the U.S. Soccer Federation Academy directives.”

“Additionally, he has developed coaching developmental training programs for all the age groups, from U7 to U18, which we will develop further at the Surf soccer club to fall in line with the U.S. Federation Directives for coach and player education development,” Chesters explained.

Looking forward, Chesters is enthusiastic about the knowledge and experience Harrison will bring to the club. “Our plan for him for the remainder of 2012-2013 season is to evaluate the current state of the boys side of the club, get to know the coaches and players and help us follow U.S. Soccer’s recommendations of a consistent style of play and best practices. He will also be taking responsibility for two boys’ teams within the club. Beginning in 2013-2014 season, he will be heading up the Academy program in addition to being the Boys Director.”

Chesters sees exhilarating changes on the horizon with Harrison on board. “We have aexcellent group of existing coaches,” he said, “and with the addition of Wayne and his focus on the boys’ side of our program, I am excited for the Surf Soccer Club’s future.”

Harrison says, “I am really thrilled to join Surf Soccer Club and I can’t wait to get started. I am very impressed with everything I have seen and eager to meet all the Surf coaches, players and families. I have been dedicated to developing youth soccer players for decades and being the Director of the Boys program offers me a great opportunity to help develop the next generation of top notch soccer players.”

Caoch Wayne in Tennessee!

Tennessee Soccer Club invited Wayne Harrison to lead the clubs first Coaching Education Session.  Wayne is well known nationally and even around the world for his “Soccer Awareness” books, and methods of coaching.  Wayne has developed successful methods of teaching players how to be aware of what is going on around them on the soccer field which in turn increases their speed of play. There were 60+ Tennessee SC coaches in attendance for the 2 day seminar as Wayne did sessions on the field followed by lectures. Tennessee Soccer Club thanks Wayne for leading our Coaching Education and sharing his secrets. There is no doubt it will benefit our players!


Part 3 – Soccer Coaching – Wayne Harrison – Movement OFF the Ball

http://www.soccerawareness.com — In this video Wayne Harrison talks about the importance movement off the ball. Often overlooked in the coaching game- great viewpoints to gain your team an advantage! — This was filmed at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention

Wayne Harrison on Winning and Development for Youth Soccer Players

I have been teaching a certain way of development for 15 years and more;as I am sure many of you out there have too, and low and behold the English FA now decide it is all about SSG”s and development not winning.

At EPSC I would not allow top teams to develop until U12 because then it was about WINNING. No one liked it at the time but it proved successful when they got older, look at all the good teams that were created. I took it down to U11 because too many did not get what I was doing nor more importantly WHY I was doing it.

But worse still here in CA they play 11 v 11 at U11, madness.

So we would lose to the super U9 teams of other clubs but in the long run I will put my record against anyone because when we got to the good, better, best situation with players we were very competitive..

Plus some players who would have been left behind if I let them choose the best players at U9 blossomed due to this later.

I wonder if they get that here in CA?

England is 15 years too late but better late than never, now what will the USA do? One win against Scotland doesn’t mean the revolution has started.

The Role of Being a Youth Soccer Coach — Wayne Harrison

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Youth Soccer News: The Importance, Role and Responsibility of Being a Coach, Part 4

In a continuing series on the role of a youth soccer coach, SoccerNation talks with top coaches about this important position. Youth soccer coaches have great influence over their players, and the best ones take that very seriously. This time The Role of Being a Coach talks to Steve Hoffman, Cal South Director of Coaching Education and Player Development, and Wayne Harrison, former Academy Director at Blackpool Football Club in England and Al Ain in the UAR and currently a coach with CV Manchester Soccer Club.

SNN: What does being a coach mean to you?

Wayne Harrison: After playing soccer professionally, I knew looking back what I needed in order to be better as a player.  I wanted to teach others what I felt I needed as a player to be successful.

It is important always to continue learning as a coach. You can never know everything and you must be open to new ideas and through this you continue to further educate and improve yourself.

SNN: What is the importance of being a soccer coach?

Wayne Harrison: I think it is important that you teach young players the importance of the team. Players need to be encouraged to be unselfish in their play.

Also, as a coach, you cannot please everyone all of the time, and so players (and parents) can experience highs and lows in the process. This is a life learning experience where we learn that we cannot have everything we want all of the time. They need to be able to cope with the disappointments that come their way.

SNN: What is the responsibility of a coach?

Wayne Harrison, former Academy Director at Blackpool Football Club and Al Ain and now coach with Manchester Soccer Club.

Wayne Harrison: Coaches are trusted people who have a massive responsibility – to their players, to the game and to their peers. I read somewhere that a coach (and a teacher, which is essentially what we are) is second only to a parent in how they can influence a child. When you think of all the time that we spend with them, I do believe that.

I take this responsibility seriously and try to pass on a positive attitude to every player I train. I try to add praise as much as I can to improve their self esteem. I don’t focus on mistakes; I focus on what they did well, and I think that is vitally important. Too many coaches focus on the negatives, which can destroy the confidence of the player and ruin the fun of the game.

Constructive criticism is the key, and it must be well-timed and specific to the age and gender of the player.

SNN: Do you have any last thoughts about coaching?

Wayne Harrison: Just that I love my job, I love to educate and I love soccer. It is my life and second only to my family.

Wayne Harrison Soccer Symposium for Player Development

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Youth Soccer News: Soccer Symposium Provides Training for Coaches

SoccerNationNews’ Columnist and Well Known “A” Licensed Coach Wayne Harrison Recently Held a Successful Soccer Symposium

On Sunday, April 29, coach Wayne Harrison of CV Manchester Soccer Club presented a coaching symposium focused on his “Thinking Process” of training. The symposium, held at Carmel Creek Elementary School, was open to all interested coaches, parents and players. Harrison shared his views on coaching players to develop “vision” and to play a thinking style of soccer.

A former professional player with Blackpool Football Club in England and Oulu Palloseura in Finland, Harrison also represented Great Britain in the World Student Games in Mexico. His coaching experience includes Youth Director at Blackpool and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Harrison holds the UEFA “A” License, the NSCAA Premier Diploma and a degree in Sports Psychology and Applied Physiology.

The symposium was designed to benefit players and coaches by presenting the 4-2-3-1 style of play favored by many top professional teams, including FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal. As important was the focus on developing the thinking process of players and showing the importance of the mind in playing soccer. Harrison explained how to “train the mind” to increase “speed of thought and movement” during a game.

“I felt the clinics were successfully received,” said Harrison, “and very well performed by the players who attended. I would like to thank them for their efforts. I also want to thank Manchester Soccer club, and particularly Directors of Coaching Billy Garton and Jeff Illingworth, for supporting me on this Symposium.”

Coaches from several different clubs attended, and several shared what they had gotten from the day.

“I had a fantastic experience at the Coach Wayne’s soccer clinic,” said fellow CV Manchester coach John Matich. “Wayne Harrison presented relevant information to soccer coaches at many levels. It made me think outside the box, and gave me some great ideas to bring to my own teams, including a clinic on the 4-2-3-1 system which was brilliant.”

“I found the symposium to be very informative,” said RSF Attack Soccer Club coach Shawn Beyer. “The training sessions were clearly run and outlined. [Harrison] offered very useful techniques and tactics to read the game quicker and play the ball faster.  Also, it is clear Wayne is up to date on the modern style of play of the great Barcelona team with his understanding of their system played in the 4-2-3-1. I would attend another clinic if offered and took much away from the symposium.”

Warren Schwitkis of San Diego Soccer Club was also enthusiastic about the training from the Symposium. “Wayne Harrison is a detail-oriented guy who cares about the profession, and his coaching clinic symposium reflected this.  He does a fantastic job in preparing and delivering a training session. Wayne is clear and concise with the players during the session and also with the coaches surrounding the pitch.  I was very impressed with his knowledge.”

“The experience was worthwhile and extremely positive,” said Hector Garcia from Surf Murietta about the symposium. “Although there were many topics on the agenda, Wayne managed to cover all of them in a very organized manner. He was clear in his transmission of concepts   while keeping the environment light and the kids engaged. Wayne’s passion for the game and promoting growth is genuine and contagious. I look forward to attending future events.”

Santiago Baltazar, a coach with Olympicos Soccer Club, said, “[Wayne Harrison’s] drills will be very helpful in training our young players to be better players on the field. They will also help us to be better coaches, and we will implement all we have learned from your teaching in our own coaching.  I would like to see more clinics from him to help improve my coaching skills and learn more from one of the best.”

“I’ve always felt helping players develop a soccer brain was one of the most important and difficult tasks a coach is faced with,” said Travis Lucero of Encinitas Express. “Watching the progression of training drills Wayne presents to get the players to see the play before it happens is exciting.  I can’t wait to start applying these principals to my training sessions.”

In order to further spread the word on his training methods, Harrison had the symposium videotaped to create a DVD presentation that can be used alone or in concert with his eleven books on soccer training. The goal is to provide a better understanding of the training methods through the two mediums. Several coaches who were unable to attend have already approached Harrison about the DVD, and portions of the training will be featured on the CV Manchester website.

“Hopefully coaches and players got some new ideas from the clinics to enhance their abilities and range of knowledge in both the nature of the topics and the style of delivery,” said Harrison. “It is all about focusing on the decision making of the players and not the coaches.”

Wayne Harrison Columnist for Soccer Nation News
Harrison has been asked to present his symposium for several clubs in San Diego and Los Angeles and at the World Class Coaching Symposium in Nebraska in June. Later in the year he will travel to Antigua and Panama to share his knowledge and training methods in those countries as well. He is available and excited to share his clinics, and can be reached at wayneharrison@soccerawareness.com.  Harrison is also a columnist for SoccerNationNews.

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