The month of August is my favorite month as a soccer coach. In a span of a few weeks, I go from coaching our residential camps at Liverpool International Academy Massachusetts & Connecticut to immediately turning my attention to my boys at Pembroke (Mass.) High School as we reach the tryout and preseason periods ahead of the new season.
This campaign presents new challenges for me as a coach and new challenges for our players. We graduated 15 seniors from last year’s team, a squad that did as well as hoped and lost in the Division 2 South sectional final. Our goal as a program is to build upon the successes of the previous year.
As a coach, I know that it is much easier said than done. So, how do we reach our goals with a rebuilt squad? What steps do I need to take as a coach to help support our efforts? These are the questions I ask myself as we prep for late August and a new high school season.
Here are the three most important topics that we will need to address and work through in the coming month: