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Soccer iQTV

general : Soccer iQTV : Thursday, May 14, 2020

There once was a boy who could happily sit at home all day watching Gilligan’s Island reruns (followed by the Brady Bunch, followed by M*A*S*H, etc.). That boy is dead now, and I miss him dearly. Somewhere along the line I lost the ability to just… chill. I don’t do well with unstructured time. My mind can’t idle. Too many ideas bouncing around. It’s always looking to create something… anything. Free time, you say? I must make something! So instead of [...]
The Sunset in My Mind

general : The Sunset in My Mind : Saturday, March 21, 2020

As you’ve probably noticed, these blog entries aren’t always about soccer. If you’re here for something soccer, this is not the entry for you. I'm a to-do list guy. When we were first sent home from work, I saw a window of opportunity that was irresistible. This is officially, My Time! I've got things that have needed doing for literally years, and now I have the time to knock those suckers out. So I made nine to-do lists, each covering its own category [...]
It039s the End of the World

general : It's the End of the World : Friday, March 13, 2020

So here’s what you need to know about me – my memory is absurd. Specifically, memories from childhood and high school just stick. Whenever two of my buddies are reminiscing about something that happened in high school, and they end up disagreeing about their respective recollections, I am called in as the official arbiter of our time machine. For example, last night I reconnected with a guy I played soccer with from age nine to thirteen. His name is Craig and he was one helluva [...]
Corona the not good kind

general : Corona (the not good kind) : Wednesday, March 11, 2020

My university more or less shut down today, following suit of more than fifty other colleges and universities. No more athletics. Clear out the dorms. Online classes only for the remainder of the semester. Corona. We don’t have any reported cases, but the university decided to be proactive. It makes for a sad day. I feel for the spring coaches and their players – especially their players… the senior who was in the cafeteria today, eating lunch, having no idea that he’d [...]

general : Walls : Friday, January 3, 2020

One of the cooler things I get to do is camps. Somebody reads Soccer iQ and likes it enough to reach out and invite me to run a camp for their team. That’s how this story starts: A hand surgeon/soccer coach in Louisiana found my books. Read them, liked them. Turns out, his daughter was best friends with a player I coached at Ole Miss. He reached out to her, she reached out to me, and a short while later I’m spending Thanksgiving in Louisiana. Now let me ask you this: You’re [...]
Lesson for a Young Coach

general : Lesson for a Young Coach : Thursday, October 17, 2019

Frustrated with the officiating of a match, a coaching friend of mine once said he was convinced that center officials are subconsciously hoping for a draw. It’s not as farfetched as you might think. It might be harder to understand if you’ve never coached, but I have, and I gotta say, I did the same darn thing. I did it for years actually. If I’m watching a game of anything as neutral party – a game I have no vested interest in - I’m naturally sympathetic to [...]
A World Cup Story

general : A World Cup Story : Friday, August 9, 2019

I had coached at small, NAIA schools before joining Ole Miss in 2007. I had never pined for a Division I job. I enjoyed my existence, and in hindsight, a fraction of that could be chalked up to ‘ignorance is bliss.’ I had never looked at my career in terms of what soccer could give me. It was always about the people I got to co-exist with – the ones I got to coach, and I couldn’t imagine that the people playing Division I soccer were any better than the people I’d [...]
Never Apologize for Winning

general : Never Apologize for Winning : Wednesday, June 12, 2019

So last week I posted a meme that said, “Never apologize for winning.” Had no idea how apropos that sucker would be a few days later. Our 13-0 thrashing of Thailand is blowing up everything this morning, and not in a good way… not for a lot of people. That ‘never apologize’ bit is a big theme in my book Everything Your Coach Never Told You Because You’re a Girl. But now it seems like half our country is saying exactly that to our only soccer program that has [...]
The Backbone of Possession

general : The Backbone of Possession : Tuesday, November 20, 2018

I’m a big fan of possession soccer. So big, in fact, that I wrote a book about it. Not surprisingly, I called it Possession – Teaching Your Team to Keep the Darn Ball. After making the NCAA tournament at UGA in 2014 and being rewarded with a pink slip, I had sworn off college coaching. I felt my talents were better suited to year-round sunshine and catching fish in the Gulf of Mexico. But this past July, Widener University, in Chester, PA, just south of Philly, found itself in need [...]
Make It a Holiday

general : Signing Day : Make It a Holiday : Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I typically avoid using this blog as a sales pitch for my books. Or at the very least, I think it’s fair to say I take a soft-sell approach. But today I’m going rogue. Today I’m going to tell you about a book and why you should buy it. Wednesday, Feb. 7th is National Signing Day. And the fact of the matter is, we don’t do enough to celebrate it. Signing Day is that most wonderful of days when rising college freshman officially commit to the college or university of [...]
The Advantage Rule in Soccer

general : : The Advantage Rule in Soccer : Sunday, November 5, 2017

In my last post I happened to mention the Advantage rule as being one of soccer’s more mysterious concepts. Based on reader feedback, that little tidbit didn’t slide by unnoticed. Turns out, it’s a mystery that quite a few people wouldn't mind some help in solving. So, as I can shed some light on the topic while exerting minimum effort, I will again dip in to the Happy Feet well, where this topic isn’t only addressed, it’s brought to life by the magic of video [...]
The Hand Ball in Soccer

general : : The Hand Ball in Soccer : Saturday, November 4, 2017

So I’m not much for teasers, but I am excited to be making a pretty big announcement in the next week or two. I’ll try to be a little more dependable with blog posts between now and then, so just check back once in a while. Anyhoo… This week I was reminded of one of my high-priority pet peeves in the beautiful game, and I mean, what good is a blog if you're not going to use it to vent, I figured I'd share it with you. Yay you. Here’s a challenge for you: Spend [...]
Preseason for Parents

general : Soccer : Preseason for Parents : Saturday, July 29, 2017

I’m a big fan of July. It owns Independence Day, Shark Week and, depending on the year, some iteration of quality international soccer. It also happens to be one of the three months when sales for the book ROOKIE – Surviving Your Freshman Year of College Soccer spike. In case you were wondering, the other months are December, in preparation for Christmas, and January, in anticipation of National Signing Day. But back to July… July is the month when things start getting very [...]
A Good Pencil

general : Soccer : A Good Pencil : Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Before Facebook and YouTube, if something went viral, it went there via email – like the ten ways to amuse yourself in an elevator (passing out name-tags was my favorite); or the Darwin Awards, which recognized people who had removed themselves from the gene pool with acts of terminal stupidity; or this one: When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and [...]
What My Daughter Isn039t Getting From Soccer

general : What My Daughter Isn't Getting From Soccer : Tuesday, October 25, 2016

      I’ve always had a distaste for people who say that sports aren’t important. Okay, I agree that there are more pressing issues that warrant our attention – like world peace and curing cancer – but just because some things are life-and-death important, it doesn’t mean that other things can’t also be important in their own ways.       The detractors only see sport as a recreational activity… a group of people chasing [...]